Pregnancy follow-up involves monitoring and managing a woman’s health during pregnancy. The Gynecologist and Obstetrician follows the woman from the beginning to the end of the pregnancy process and makes the necessary interventions. Pregnancy monitoring may include the following elements:
- Initial Examination and Diagnosis: Once the pregnancy has been diagnosed, the doctor will perform an initial examination and assess the woman’s general state of health.
- Routine Checkups: Regular check-ups during pregnancy monitor the health of the mother and the baby. Blood tests, ultrasonography, blood pressure measurements and other medical tests may be part of these checks.
- Assessment of Risk Factors: Risk factors that may arise during pregnancy are evaluated. The expectant mother’s age, general health, previous pregnancy experiences and genetic factors are taken into consideration.
- Nutrition and Exercise Counseling: Healthy nutrition and appropriate exercise during pregnancy can positively affect the health of the mother and the baby. The doctor’s advice is important in this regard.
- Pregnancy Complications Monitoring: Pregnancy-related complications such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia are monitored and treated when necessary.
What is Birth Counseling and What Does It Cover?
Birth Counseling: Birth counseling is the process by which women plan the birth process, receive information about birth options, and receive emotional and physical support during the birth process. This process may include the following elements:
- Birth Planning: The woman can create a birth plan with her doctor about her birth preferences and expectations. This includes issues such as the mode of delivery, choosing the place of birth and pain control methods.
- Childbirth Preparation Classes: Prenatal education classes inform the expectant mother about the birth process, teach relaxation techniques and provide information on postnatal care.
- Support during labor: The Obstetrician and Gynecologist monitors the health of the mother and baby during labor and provides support during the birth process.
- Planned or Emergency Surgery: The doctor plans and performs the necessary surgical intervention in case of unexpected circumstances during the birth process.
- Postpartum Follow-up: Postnatal follow-up involves checking the health of the mother and baby and making necessary interventions.