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Antenatal care

The care of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby throughout a pregnancy. Such care involves regular visits to a doctor or midwife, who performs abdominal examinations, blood and urine tests, and monitoring of blood pressure and fetal growth to detect disease or potential problems.

ultrasound scanning is carried out to assess the age of the fetus and help identify any abnormalities. chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis may be performed if the baby is thought to be at increased risk of a chromosomal abnormalities or a genetic disorders. The woman is also advised on general aspects of pregnancy, such as diet, exercise, lifestyle, feeding, and techniques to help her with childbirth. (See also childbirth, natural).

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