The Importance of Prenatal Visits
By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 24, 2019
Category: Pediatric Visits
Tags: Prenatal Care  

Getting adequate prenatal care is vital for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, especially if you are at a higher risk for potential complicationsprenatal like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. In many cases, a pregnancy may start out healthy but then develop risk factors and complications in the second or third trimester. Accordingly, prenatal care is necessary to diagnose and treat any health problems or potential complications as soon as possible. The pediatricians here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, offer a range of services to ensure your baby's health and wellbeing from the moment you leave the hospital. Read on to learn more!


Prenatal Care in West Jordan, UT

A healthy pregnancy leads to a healthy delivery and baby. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, a comprehensive prenatal care plan actually begins before pregnancy if possible. Preconception care is an opportunity to plan for pregnancy, and to address any underlying health issues or lifestyle factors that could affect both maternal and fetal health during pregnancy and delivery.

Every pregnancy is different, but typical prenatal care consists of:

  • Physical exam
  • Weight monitoring
  • Urine sample
  • Blood work
  • Imaging tests such as sonogram and ultrasound to check for fetal health and signs of any problems or abnormalities

Prenatal care is especially important if your pregnancy has been deemed high risk. A number of factors can increase the risk of complications including maternal age, pre-existing health conditions, and being pregnant with twins or multiples. A high-risk pregnancy doesn't mean that you won't have a healthy delivery and baby, but you will most likely have to take extra precautions.

Prenatal care reduces the risk of complications and ensures maternal and fetal health throughout the pregnancy.


Find a Pediatrician in West Jordan, UT

For more information about prenatal care and services, contact Southwest Children's Clinic today by dialing (801) 563-1975 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians.