Maternity Care Questions and Answers

Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Care are important for preventing complications surrounding birth. They can be essential for protecting the health of both mother and infant. Come to Women’s Healthcare of Illinois for Maternity Care. For more information, call us or simply schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Evergreen Park IL, Mokena IL, Oak Lawn IL, Chicago Ridge IL, Hickory Hills IL, Bridgeview IL and Bedford Park IL.

Maternity Care Questions and Answers
Maternity Care Questions and Answers

Good prenatal care can help make all the difference in ensuring the health and happiness of both mother and child, it can help make the process of pregnancy and birth easier and ensure smooth and healthy early days for your infant. At Women’s Healthcare of Illinois all our physicians are specialists in both Gynecology and Obstetrics and have years of experience dealing with maternity care and providing the best possible pregnancy experience for our patients. In addition, we have an experienced staff of nurses and midwives who are experts at providing personalized maternity care tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients and able to help them develop a birth plan.

Why is maternity care important?

Maternity Care is important in maintaining the health of both mother and infant both before and after birth. Seeing a doctor as soon as you believe that you might be pregnant will help ensure a healthy pregnancy and enable you to stay informed over what steps are needed on your end for good prenatal health.

What care should be taken during pregnancy?

Regular visits to your General Practitioner and/or your Ob/Gyn will help give a full picture of both your own health and the health of your baby. This routine establishes the baseline and will help doctors keep track of any changes thus allowing them to catch any complications early before they can become larger problems and become a threat to both you and your baby. These visits are just as important when you are healthy and the pregnancy is going well, they can help keep it that way.

Changes to diet and lifestyle are also necessary. Obvious changes include abstaining from smoking, alcohol and any recreational drug use during your pregnancy as the chemicals in those products can be harmful to the baby. Certain foods should also be avoided, cold cuts and certain types of raw milk cheeses that have a higher risk of listeria contamination, raw fish or fish that are considered high in mercury, and foods or beverages that are high in caffeine.

Ensuring you eat 3 regular meals and have several health snacks a day can help ensure energy and health. Getting regular exercise within the appropriate parameters for pregnancy will also help you stay healthy and happy and ensure that the eventual body stresses of birth are mitigated, and your recovery quickened. Going into a medical procedure healthy always improves the chances of coming out of a medical procedure healthy, no matter the procedure.

How does lack of prenatal care harm a baby?

The consequences of not receiving prenatal care can include a higher risk of infant mortality, higher risks of miscarriage and a lower birth weight than mothers to be who do receive maternal care from a physician or midwife.

A lack of prenatal care can also cause a great deal of discomfort and anxiety in patients due to a lack of information about what your body may be going through, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Staying informed about what is occurring will help you make the necessary lifestyle changes to ensure your comfort and promote the health of your baby and even on subsequent pregnancies you never know when something will change as every pregnancy brings its own unique challenges.

So if you think you may be pregnant do not hesitate to contact Women’s Healthcare of Illinois so we can put you in touch with one of our expert Ob/Gyns and one of our fully trained and certified midwives to make your pregnancy the happiest and healthiest we can.