During pregnancy, a woman’s health and nutritional needs are of utmost importance for the well-being of both the mother and the developing fetus. Proper nutrition is essential to support the growth and development of the baby, as well as to maintain the mother’s health. Here are some key considerations for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Four Pillars of Safe Motherhood
- Access to effective family planning – ensuring that couples have the information needed to plan their pregnancies
- Antenatal care – ensuring that pregnancy-related complications are detected and resolved as soon as possible
- A clean and safe delivery – with trained birth assistants and access to clean facilities and equipment
- Essential obstetric care – is available to all who need it.
Pregnancy is often a worrisome and uncertain time for many expectant mothers. First-time mothers often do not know what to expect from labor, delivery, and the postpartum period, and non-first-time mothers may have had a traumatic experience with previous pregnancies, deliveries, and post-partum.
To ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy, or if you have postnatal care concerns, consult an obstetrician via Maxicare’s 24/7 Teleconsult Hotline, Videoconsult services powered by the Doctor Anywhere App, or Maxicare Primary Care Clinic (PCC). You may also go to a PCC or request HomeCare for lab tests and diagnostic procedures.