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Why Prenatal Care Is Important for Childbirth Outcomes for Mom and Baby

Pregnancy can be an exciting experience for mothers as they prepare for a new addition to the family. As their bodies change to accommodate the growing baby, expectant mothers must actively care for themselves and their unborn baby to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Prenatal Care Checkups

A pregnant person making a heart over their belly

Once a woman learns she is pregnant, she should schedule a visit with her healthcare provider. They will establish routine prenatal appointments to monitor mother and baby’s progress throughout the pregnancy by checking blood pressure, administering urine tests, measuring the size of the uterus, and—after about 12 weeks—hearing baby’s heartbeat. Building an honest, trusting relationship with a healthcare provider during this time can also help pave the way toward smooth labor and delivery.

Self Care During Pregnancy

Prenatal care helps educate expecting mothers on the proper ways to care for themselves throughout their pregnancy. Some of the simple ways that woman can engage in prenatal care on a daily basis include:

  • Getting regular exercise deemed safe by a healthcare provider
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding harmful substances like alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Taking prenatal vitamins and consuming healthy foods that include at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and calcium, iron, vitamin D, C, A, E, and B vitamins to support baby’s development

Risks of Late or No Prenatal Care

Factors such as the inability to afford prenatal treatment without insurance, lack of transportation, and unavailability of appointments can prevent some mothers from receiving the proper care during their pregnancy. When mothers are not able to seek out prenatal care they could face an increase in complications such as:

  • Premature labor or neonatal death
  • Low birth weight
  • Illness or death of the mother

See if You Have a Case With Leav & Steinberg

In some unfortunate cases, the negligence of health providers can lead to medical malpractice that is out of the patient’s control. If you are someone you love has been a victim of medical malpractice during any point of pregnancy or delivery, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses and emotional damages. Our team of attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP have decades of experience in medical malpractice cases involving birth injury, defects, and more. Request a free consultation with us today by calling 212-766-5222.