Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful as well as overwhelming experiences one can have in their lifetime. A mother has to prepare herself to undergo various changes during the gestation period. This requires a high level of attentiveness not only during pregnancy but also carefulness beforehand preparations as well as aftercare. Having professional help from a gynaecologist can keep both you and your baby safe and sound in this situation.
In an attempt to help would-be mothers to have a trouble-free pregnancy, we bring before you all the reasons to visit a gynaecologist before, during, and after pregnancy. After all, health is wealth.
First and foremost, it is ideal to have one specific gynaecologist so that he or she can have a better understanding of how your body works. Of course, in case of emergencies, you may change your gynaecologist, but try and stick with one specific reliable one. Also, you need to make sure that you are under the supervision of a trained gynaecologist in a certified gynaecology clinic to ensure safety.
With that being said, let us take you through the reasons you need to visit a gynaecologist. We are going to go through them in chronological order. So, let’s get started.
No matter your age, it is always wise to have a consultation with your gynaecologist before you decide to conceive. When you and your partner feel that it is time for you two to extend your family or if you want to be a single mother and feel it is time for you to bring a baby to the world, fix an appointment with your gynaecologist.
This appointment will give you an idea about your own health and you can discuss freely with your gynaecologist any doubt or misconception regarding pregnancy. You might have to undergo certain blood tests as part of your general health check-up as well.
A major concern for women, especially over the age of 35, is regarding their fertilities. Talking to your doctor would give you a whole lot of clarity in this regard. Instead of relying on the internet that is full of unreliable information, it is recommended to hear directly from the horse’s mouth.
Yes, it is true that fertility declines with age, but this is not a universal rule that applies to all. Besides, there’s always the option of egg-freezing, and you may talk to your gynaecologist regarding this if you are considering waiting a bit before getting pregnant.
You may be prescribed some pre-pregnancy supplements such as folic acid to boost your health before pregnancy.
Besides, you can get an idea on when exactly to stop any birth control that you may have been on so far. You will be briefed regarding any side-effects that you may experience and you can keep a tab on when your monthly cycle will normalize. Your gynaecologist will also help you suggest the earliest and optimal time you can conceive to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
You will also be given valuable lifestyle advice such as what to do regarding your caffeine, tobacco, or wine intake if you are into them. Also, the kind of diet and sleeping pattern that you need to follow will be parlayed to you by your doctor.
The moment you find out about your pregnancy is perhaps the most crucial stage of the entire process. Therefore, get an appointment as soon as possible with your gynaecologist to find out whether your pregnancy falls in the low-risk or high-risk category.
Your doctor would also help resolve all the issues that you might face during the preliminary stages of your gestation period. You will be advised on the medications that you need to take and the exercises which you need to do. You will also be acquainted with the activities that would be off-limits at this stage.
During your pregnancy, your gynaecologist would assign you dates on which you would be required to visit him or her. Usually, these are kept on a monthly basis.
Your doctor would be in a better position to notice the healthy and unhealthy signs in your body and guide you accordingly. A gynaecologist also gives you the mental support that you and your baby are in safe hands and that you are doing everything in your hand to ensure that your baby enters this world in the healthiest way possible.
In addition to your regular visits, if you suddenly feel heat-burn, morning sickness, swollen joints, or constipation, feel free to get an appointment and work through your issues.
You will also notice a lot of changes going on within your body that may range from persistent headaches to cramping and heavy bleeding. You should let all of your symptoms be known to your doctor so that he or she can assess what is going on with you and help you as required.
Postpartum refers to the postnatal period, which is the period just after childbirth. Your responsibility of going to your gynaecologist doesn’t end once your child is born.
Postpartum can be extremely difficult both physically and mentally. Therefore, having guidance as to how to cope with everything going on would help both you and your baby. You will also get to know more about breastfeeding, which is an integral part of the postpartum period. Besides, any questions regarding the growth, feeding, and sleeping patterns of your baby will also be answered by your doctor.
Pregnancy is a highly sensitive stage that you have to navigate with the utmost care. Therefore, having a trustworthy, certified, and reliable source to take care of you and your baby in this stage is mandatory.
Many people make the classic mistake of only visiting their gynaecologist a couple of times during their pregnancies. Hopefully, the aforementioned reasons have given you a clear idea as to why that is not enough. Be sure to not only fix regular appointments during your pregnancy but also before conceiving and during the postpartum days.
It is ideal to bring your partner along to all the appointments because many times you might not remember the things to ask or you may forget them. Also, it is better to have an extra pair of ears to listen to the advice of the gynaecologist. If you are a single mother, bring your parent, sibling or best friend to accompany you. Writing everything beforehand on a notepad also helps in remembering the queries you need to ask your doctor. Apart from the reasons we stated, they also serve as your emotional support before, during, and after pregnancy.
So, be transparent to your gynaecologist, don’t miss your appointments, listen to his or her advice carefully, and have a healthy pregnancy.
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