Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Prenatal Care

Prenatal Care



Becoming a mother is one of the greatest blessings for a woman. I clearly remember the day when I got to know that I was pregnant. I was really excited but at the same time was very anxious too ! Everything was new for me and I had advice pouring in from everyone.

 I thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy and also did exactly what my doctor advised me to do. She was very kind and explained in detail about prenatal care. Prenatal care is a preventive health care.Its goal is to provide regular check-ups that allow doctors to treat and prevent potential health problems throughout the course of the pregnancy and to promote healthy lifestyles that benefit both mother and child.

 For expecting mothers, prenatal care reduces the chances of serious problems like preterm birth, anemia and low birth weight.

 Also, a pregnant woman should make sure that her immunizations are up to date. Vaccination against some diseases during pregnancy can help protect both the baby and the mother from vaccine-preventable diseases. During pregnancy, vaccinated mothers can help pass on the antibodies to their babies. Antibodies provide some immunity against certain diseases during their first few months of life, when your baby is still too young to get vaccinated. 

 One of the most important vaccinations which I got during my pregnancy was the 3 in 1 vaccination which can help protect against 3 diseases Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.

 Tetanus is a nerve disease. Diphtheria is a throat infection that can block airways.

 Pertussis is a serious respiratory disease that can lead to hospitalization in infants less than 2 months of age.

 Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection which can be very serious, especially for newborn babies. The most common symptoms an infant is likely to present are cough with or without associated whoop, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms which may be difficult to diagnose. Infants are not adequately protected especially against Pertussis at birth. Pertussis vaccination begins only at 6-8 weeks of age, putting them at risk of Pertussis disease and complications at birth or in the first few months of life. Vaccination during pregnancy helps pass on protection from the mother to the newborn baby against Pertussis.

 Pregnancy is a very delicate and beautiful period of a woman’s life. Take proper care of yourself, go for regular doctor check-ups, pamper yourself, indulge into all your food cravings and most importantly stay happy.

 

 

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only and does not constitute any medical advice. Please consult your physician for any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.

Please report adverse event with any GSK product to the company at india.pharmacovigilance@gsk.com

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