Dr Pearl Mak speaks about the importance of Pre/Post – Conception care

Dr Pearl Mak speaks about the importance of Pre/Post – Conception care

Preconception and post-conception checks are essential for ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby. Here’s an overview of what each entails:

Preconception Checks:

  1. Medical History Review: The healthcare provider will review both partners’ medical histories, including any pre-existing conditions, medications, and previous pregnancies.
  2. Genetic Screening: Screening for genetic disorders or hereditary conditions can help identify potential risks for the baby. This may involve blood tests or genetic counseling.
  3. Nutritional Assessment: Ensuring adequate nutrition, including folic acid intake, is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. The healthcare provider may recommend dietary changes or supplements.
  4. Immunizations: Checking immunization status is essential to protect both the mother and baby from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinations such as rubella and varicella may be recommended if immunity is not confirmed.
  5. Infectious Disease Screening: Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other infectious diseases can help prevent transmission to the baby during pregnancy.
  6. Lifestyle Assessment: Discussing lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use is essential. Making healthy lifestyle choices before conception can improve pregnancy outcomes.
  7. Medication Review: Reviewing medications, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements, is crucial to ensure they are safe to continue during pregnancy or if any adjustments are needed.
  8. Weight Management: Achieving a healthy weight before conception can reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. The healthcare provider may provide guidance on healthy weight management strategies.

Post-conception Checks (Prenatal Care):

  1. Confirmation of Pregnancy: Confirming the pregnancy through a urine or blood test and scheduling the first prenatal appointment.
  2. Prenatal Screening Tests: Screening tests, including blood tests and ultrasounds, are performed to assess the health of the mother and baby and identify any potential complications.
  3. Nutritional Counseling: Continuing to focus on adequate nutrition, including prenatal vitamins and a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients.
  4. Monitoring: Regular prenatal visits are scheduled to monitor the progress of the pregnancy, including fetal growth and development, maternal health, and any signs of complications.
  5. Education and Support: Providing education and support on topics such as prenatal care, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, and newborn care.
  6. Screening for Gestational Diabetes: Screening for gestational diabetes typically occurs between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to identify and manage this condition if present.
  7. Preparation for Labor and Delivery: Discussing birth preferences, pain management options, and preparing for labor and delivery.

Both preconception and post-conception checks are important components of comprehensive prenatal care and can help optimize the health and well-being of both the mother and baby throughout pregnancy and beyond.

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