OBJECTIVE: The purpose of pregnancy follow-up is to determine the possible health risks of both the mother and the baby to be born and to treat preventable / treatable conditions.
FOLLOW-UP METHOD: During pregnancy follow-up, once a month in the first and second trimesters in general, 30-36. An examination and evaluation is recommended every two weeks between gestational weeks, and then weekly thereafter. Your doctor will determine the frequency of follow-up according to the nature of the pregnancy.
In the first examination at the beginning of pregnancy;
Pregnancy is diagnosed and gestational age is determined Gestational age is calculated as the period (weeks) starting from the first day of the last menstrual period.
Blood pressure and weight are measured. Situations that may pose a risk are tried to be determined.
If available, information about previous pregnancies is obtained, chronic medical diseases are questioned, and routine laboratory tests are requested for the first three months.
In the next examinations;
Bleeding, discharge, urinary complaints, nausea and vomiting are questioned.
Blood pressure, weight are measured. Pregnancy evaluation is made.
Screening tests are performed at appropriate weeks of pregnancy (first and/or second trimester). Diabetes should also be screened during pregnancy.
Fetal (belonging to the baby in the mother’s womb) growth and well-being evaluations are performed at further weeks of gestation.
These examinations also provide an opportunity to inform the expectant mother. Information is provided on work, exercise, nutrition and weight gain, breastfeeding, sexual activity, travel, drug use, alcohol and cigarette use.
Again, information is given about headache, edema, nausea-vomiting, heartburn, constipation, back pain, weakness, inguinal pain, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, vaginal discharge, which are common symptoms during pregnancy.
The most important effect of pregnancy follow-up is to make the mother-to-be and her family aware of possible health risks, their symptoms, screening and diagnosis; It is trying to prevent those who can avoid these risks with appropriate behavioral changes and/or treatments.