Why A Pre-Pregnancy Checkup Is Important

A prenatal checkup lets you know if you have any health conditions or nutrition deficiencies that can affect your pregnancy.

These include:

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency anemia
  • Folate deficiency anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • HIV
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental health conditions
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Zika infection

Other things that can affect your pregnancy:

  • Young age
  • High age
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Drug use
  • Low activity level
  • Excessive activity level

By finding out about these things and being informed beforehand, you will have a greater chance at a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby.

While some of these things are temporary (such as deficiency anemia, obesity and certain mental health conditions), other are chronic. But by consulting with a doctor and taking good care, even the chronic conditions can result in good pregnancies.

The purpose of your prenatal checkup is to ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Sources:

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/high-risk/conditioninfo/factors

https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=medical-conditions-and-pregnancy-85-P01200

https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/chronic-health-conditions-and-pregnancy.aspx

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