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The Importance of Frequent Antenatal Care Visits

Updated: Feb 23

Did you know in your 3rd Trimester at the 27th week you should be having more frequent ANC visits? This is to ensure that the movement, positioning and well being of the baby is monitored. At our facility we recommend 8 ANC visits to maintain the best care and early handling of any complications during your pregnancy. A minimum of 4 is necessary for the health of you and your baby!

What will happen during the ANC Visits?

The care provided during each ANC visit is dependent on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

0 – 16 Weeks: 1st ANC visit, Profile and Ultrasound

At this visit, you can expect us to:

· Take a thorough medical background check of you and your family

· Check your weight, height, and vital signs

· Perform a thorough physical examination

· Order lab tests for blood and urine

· Perform your first ultrasound

· Give you nutritional supplements

20 – 24 Weeks: 2nd ANC visits and Ultrasound Scan (Anomaly Scan)

This ultrasound visits is used to check the position of the placenta and any abnormalities. It may also be able to tell you the sex of the baby, if you wish to know

26 – 28 Weeks: 3rd ANC visit and Random Blood Sugar (RBS) Testing

An RBS check is done to help detect diabetes. The midwife will ask you questions regarding the pregnancy, and will be able to answer any of your questions or concerns

30 – 32 Weeks: 4th ANC visits, Blood Testing, and Optional Lamaze Classes

This visit is used to check on the continued progress and health of you and your baby. Lamaze classes will also be introduced. These exercise help in relaxing your muscles and positioning of the baby so that labor muscles are not tensed and delivery is easier

34 Weeks: 5th ANC Visit, Optional Lamaze classes, Optional 3rd Ultrasound

This visit is also used to check on the continued progress and health of you and your baby. The midwife will ask you questions about your pregnancy and answer any of your questions or concerns

36 Weeks: 6th ANC visit, Optional Gynaecology Consultation

The Gynaecology/obstetrician will check the position of your baby, and further discuss your plans for labour and birth

38 Weeks: 7th ANC visit, Education on labor and delivery and general welfare[Birth Preparedness Clinic]

Your Midwife will remind you about the danger signs, physically examine you to monitor growth of the baby and will ask you how frequently the baby is moving

40 Weeks: 8th ANC visit

The midwife will remind you about recognizing labor and when to call the hospital/midwife

Do I need to come in for all of my ANC visits?

Yes! Each visit is important to monitor the growth of your baby and the health of your pregnancy. Earlier detection of problems or complications can help us ensure we are managing your pregnancy appropriately and help you have the healthiest delivery possible

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