Antenatal Examination Why Should Be Carried Out For Pregnant Women?
Good evening, want to ask. Why is it necessary to do antenatal care checks for pregnant women at the age of 20 weeks? Thanks, please answer
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Antenatal examination needs to be done at all gestational ages. Ideally, from the beginning of pregnancy until the age of 7 months of pregnancy, mothers need to undergo antenatal examinations every 1 month, continued 2 weeks at 8 months gestation, and once a week at 9 months gestation until delivery time comes later. In some special conditions, for example women who are pregnant too young or too old, mothers with a history of complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and post-copy, also mothers with a history of certain diseases, such as asthma, lupus, anemia, diabetes, hypertension, or obesity.
In this antenatal examination, the doctor will evaluate the following points:
Your health condition, including by monitoring vital signs, checking your head to toe, carrying out additional tests (such as blood and urine tests) to detect certain diseases, for example hypertension in pregnancy, diabetes, infections, anemia, weak heart, and so
Fetal health conditions, including by monitoring the suitability of its growth with gestational age, seeing its position, checking its heart rate, movement, sex, possible fetal defects, carrying out genetic examinations,
Others, such as by observing the placenta, amniotic fluid, and so on
At 20 weeks gestation, the fetus normally weighs around 300 grams with a body length ranging from 25 to 26 cm. At this age, various organs of the body of the fetus have also developed well reaching their perfect shape at birth. Antenatal examination at this age is also good for detecting the health conditions of the mother and fetus in general, also detects if there are special abnormalities that require further management.
That's all our explanation. For more details, do not hesitate to consult directly with a doctor or obstetrician.
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