Antepartum - Maternity - Prenatal Care

When should mother start prenatal carebefore she even gets pregnant - diet, vitamins, exercising
When is the first prenatal visitusually after the 2nd missed menstrual period (approximately 10th week of preg)
Schedule of office visits if no complicationsQ4 weeks thru week 28; Q2 weeks thru week 36; Q week from week 37 thru baby's birth



Education / Teaching of prenatal informationOffice should send out packet in the mail
What occurs at the first office visitTHOROUGH health history is done - best if by a nurse; Weight/BP, pelvic exam, and lab work
If mother is under the age of 16low birth weight is the most serious consideration
If mother is over 35mom is at increased risk of PIH, congenital anomalies and chromosomal problems
If mom is over 200lbsincreased risk for PIH and CPD
Smoking over 1 pack a day could lead toincreased IUGR and preterm labor
Fetal Alcohol Syndromemental retardation, LBW, small heads
What blood work is done at first visitSerology, Type & Rh, CBC w/ diff, Rubella titre, HIV
Why is urine checked at each visitchecked for glusose & albumin b/c of PIH or pre-eclampsia

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