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It is important to get proper care during your pregnancy term to ensure a healthy delivery of the baby. Prenatal care can capture many birth defects and treat them before they cause serious complications to the mother and child. Some birth defects cannot be prevented, but some can be, and timely treatment can ensure the survival of the baby within the womb and its chances after birth. 

Women who must have prenatal care

It is important for all women to have their gynaecologist for prenatal care, even if they are healthy and fit. But if you are at risk, then this becomes doubly important. You could be at high-risk pregnancy if you have:

  • Chronic conditions
  • Older than 35
  • Pregnant with more than one baby
  • Heart disease/diabetes

With proper prenatal care, you can develop a plan for your pregnancy period, and the rest of your reproductive life. Apart from doing away with habits like drinking, taking drugs and smoking, you have to keep control of those chronic medical conditions, heart disease and diabetes. 

Those in the pregnancy stage or planning to get pregnant must have their daily intake of folic acid, eat healthy food, take plenty of rest, exercise regularly, hydrate well. 

While meeting with your gynaecologist on prenatal care, the team of doctors would also analyse your previous condition if you have had a miscarriage.

As part of prenatal care, If you prefer treatment under a female gynaecologist in Wakrah, you have that option at Naseem Al Rabeeh. We have a team of obstetricians, family practitioners, certified nurses to provide prenatal care, labour and delivery, including postpartum care. We can help you if you have any health conditions like diabetes or heart problems, we can guide you to have safe delivery with minimum complications.  

As part of prenatal care, our gynaecologists would advise you on the best ways to keep yourself healthy, fit and happy during pregnancy. This is important to deliver a healthy baby.     

Can birth defects be detected before the baby is born?

Some birth defects can be detected at the prenatal check-up. High-resolution ultrasounds can be done if the gynaecologist detects something abnormal in the scans. The first-trimester scan is done between 11 and 14 weeks, and the second between 18 and 20 weeks. These two ultrasounds would give an idea of any birth defects in the growing foetus. 

It is possible to treat birth defects while the baby is in the uterus of the mother. There are technologies and sophisticated tools to correct damage to any vital organs. For example, there is a condition known as Congenital diaphragmatic hernia where a hole in the diaphragm causes the abdominal content to enter the chest. This restricts lung development in the baby. To correct this, surgery will have to be done known as fetoscopic endotracheal occlusion to increase the survival rate of the baby in utero. 

Proper prenatal care can really help in correcting any congenital conditions that your baby might have while in the uterus. The success of the surgery and the level of care your baby requires will depend on the individual condition and the surgery the baby has to go through. At a good hospital like Naseem Al Rabeeh with all the facilities for newborns, your baby will have a better chance at survival, especially when paediatric subspecialties are required. Make sure you meet with the best doctors when you are pregnant because all the matters would be to give the best care to yourself and to your baby.

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