By Dr. Tosin Ogunjimi
The Antenatal period is the interval from conception to the delivery of your baby. The main aim of antenatal care is to ensure that there is a healthy mother and infant at the end of the pregnancy.
How to choose a good hospital?
Antenatal care centers or hospitals should have well defined measures aimed at preventing the development of any pregnancy disorders or complications. Antenatal clinics should provide a holistic screening service. Women should be screened early to rule out issues that may put their pregnancy at risk. Appropriate diagnostic tests can be used to assess women and their foetuses (unborn babies) as well as, determine those at high risk of damage to their own health or that of their foetus. If appropriate technology or equipment is not available in a particular hospital, then they should be able to refer you to another hospital where this is available. Also the pregnant woman should attend antenatal clinic in a hospital that allows her to actively participate in the care of herself and the foetus, through a combination of information sharing, medical care and helping her make informed decisions about her life in general and the pregnancy in particular.
Activities at the antenatal clinic
Visits to antenatal clinics in normal pregnancy are structured, you would be asked to come at set times, depending on how far gone you are.