The Importance of Prenatal Visits
One of the most effective ways to ensure a healthy delivery is to keep on top of your health while you’re pregnant. As you bask in all the fun things that come with being pregnant such as eating (almost) anything you’re craving for, choosing a name, and nesting, make certain that you have a set prenatal checkup schedule. Obtaining regular and early prenatal care will help improve your chances of a problem-free and healthy pregnancy and delivery.
If you suspect that you might be pregnant or if you haven’t had a prenatal visit yet, our doctors here in Children’s Clinic La Jolla, CA, Drs. S. Daman Paul, Gretchen Gainor, and Asako Komiya PNP will be glad to help you out.
How Moms-to-Be Can Benefit From Regular Prenatal Visits
With regular prenatal checkups, you can:
- Minimize your baby’s risk of developing complications. Alcohol use and tobacco smoke during pregnancy can increase your baby’s risk for SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Likewise, alcohol can increase your little one’s risk of developing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. These disorders could result in various health issues including problems with bones, kidneys, or the heart, abnormal facial features, intellectual disability, poor memory, and poor coordination.
- Lower your risk of developing health complications. A nutritious diet and safe exercise routine as recommended by your doctor can help decrease the chances of developing all sorts of pregnancy complications and promote healthy fetal development. Additionally, a vital part of your prenatal visits in our clinic here in La Jolla, CA, is to ensure that you keep on top of any existing health issues you may have. This can include diabetes and high blood pressure that if left untreated can cause severe or life-threatening complications for you and your baby.
- Make sure that all the medications you’re taking are safe for you and your baby. Some antibiotics and certain ingredients such as those in oral and topical acne treatments as well as herbal and dietary supplements can harm your developing baby.
Regular prenatal visits with Dr. S. Daman Paul or Dr. Gretchen Gainor here in Children’s Clinic La Jolla, CA, can help ensure that your pregnancy is coming along fine and spot any problem signs early on before they become more serious and harder to treat. To learn more about what to expect during your prenatal visit and to schedule your appointment, call (858) 459-5437. For emergencies, call (858) 750-5232.