Mother and Child

In LSH, we help achieve pregnancy and maintain pregnancy through our comprehensive antenatal care and ultimately ensure a safe delivery.

Register for your Antenatal Care every Wednesdays & Saturdays

What you need to know about Antenatal care and why you need it?

Antenatal care(ANC) is the routine health control of presumed healthy pregnant women, in order to diagnose diseases or complicating obstetric conditions without symptoms, and to provide information about lifestyle, pregnancy and delivery. Medical surveillance and review performed during pregnancy are done for the early detection of possible complications of pregnancy, especially pre-eclamptic toxaemia  and uterine and fetal abnormalities.

Antenatal care includes general examination, abdominal examination, vaginal examination, regular tests to monitor the progress of the pregnancy, ultrasound scanning, checks of weight gain, blood checks, tests of hormones and enzymes to assess the efficiency of the placenta, and frequent tests of the blood pressure and urine.

There is not a lot of evidence behind the number of antenatal visits, pregnant women receive and what care and information is given at each visit. It was once assumed that women who had less antenatal visits are likely to have reduced risks during pregnancy.

However, when this was tested, women with less ANC visits had babies that were much more likely to be admitted to neonatal intensive care due to several congenital(present at birth) abnormalities.

Following a research, it was noted that 14% more babies died from mothers with less visits compared with those whose mothers had a standard number of ANC visits. Women who had less antenatal visits were not as satisfied with the care they received compared with women who had the standard number of visits.

So, its all up to you to decide how far you would go for the health of your baby and yourself.