Antenatal care is the health care given to both the mother and the baby from the time of conception till the time of delivery. Systematic and comprehensive care, keeping in mind well being of both the mother and the fetus, given throughout the pregnancy reduces the chance of problems during pregnancy and delivery.
The aim of such care is to have a healthy mother and baby at the end of pregnancy.
WHEN SHOULD THESE CHECKS BE DONE?
Ideally a pregnant woman must visit her doctor once every month till seven months of pregnancy, twice a month for the next 2 months and then weekly till she delivers. First 4-5 months she can even follow-up with her family physician, provided there are NO complications.
If this is not possible, a minimum of 4 visits must be made at the following intervals: