The Importance of Maternal Health
   

The Importance of Maternal Health During Pregnancy

pregnant woman in nursery

How true it is that a healthy child needs a healthy Mom.  A child cannot be healthy or happy absent the presence of a healthy and happy mother.  Prenatal and postpartum maternal health is critical to a mother’s physical and mental well-being and contributes to her ability to render loving, proper care to her newborn child at birth and years thereafter.

Mothers play a fundamental role in the health as well as the quality of life of their children, which is why it is so important to give focus to maternal health during pregnancy.  Most pregnant women give their focus to the development and health of their unborn child. However, it is important for expecting mothers to have regular prenatal visits not only to ensure the health of their child, but their own health as well both during and after pregnancy. 

During a woman’s pregnancy and throughout her prenatal doctor visits, any existing health risks can be identified and steps taken to prevent any ongoing health problems not only for the child but for Mom herself.   The specialists here at Riverside Medical Group are committed to helping all our new mothers to be the healthiest and best Moms and care providers they can be to their newborn babies.

Don’t Overlook Your Maternal Health 

Though it is more than natural for a new mother to want to ensure the overall health of her child, it is every bit as important that they take appropriate steps to maintain their own overall health during and after pregnancy.  In doing so, the team here at Riverside Medical Group encourages all our mothers-to-be to give focus to their own vaccination history as part of their maternal health care. 

Vaccinations are an important component of everyone’s individual health care and that includes pregnant women as well.  Here at Riverside Medical Group our team of dedicated specialists will discuss with you your vaccination history including flu, whooping cough, pneumonia, chicken pox, Hepatitis A and B, as well as Meningitis, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) and Human papillomavirus (HPV).  Our physicians will review your patient and family histories and determine which vaccinations, if any, should be administered during pregnancy and which should be delayed until after the birth of your child.

Other Health Concerns 

In addition to immunizations, our prenatal specialists will discuss other health concerns and issues with you during your prenatal visits.  Pap tests should be routinely administered even if your test due date falls within your pregnancy. Further assessments and attention is given to risk factors linked to a number of potential health issues which may include, but are not limited to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Mental health; and
  • Dental care 

Additionally, it is the practice of our team of professionals to also provide insight, knowledge and know-how women need to transition easily from her pregnancy to her role as mother, giving focus to her health following the pregnancy and thereafter. 

We think it is critical that women understand the importance of maternal health and not only reach out for care needed during their pregnancy phases, but for their own personal health following the birth of their child.  Optimizing your health will ensure you are able to give proper care and attention to your baby every stage of their life.  

Who Should Attend Prenatal Classes?

Many people are under the impression that prenatal classes are just for new moms.  However, this could not be farther from the truth. Even repeat parents, when attending prenatal classes, walk away having learned something new and valuable.  Since each and every pregnancy and birth is unique, and things don’t always go the way you plan, being able to manage expectations and having insight on what can, will and could happen, is beneficial to all parents, whether new moms or repeat moms. 

In addition to all the topics we have listed up above, attending prenatal classes allows moms to be and couples to interact with those healthcare providers and doctors that may very well have a significant role in their labor and their baby’s delivery.  When you meet healthcare providers, it is important that you ask any questions you may have and discuss any concerns. You may want to ask the anesthesiologist detailed questions about the pain relief options available to you and what the side effects, if any, are.  When you take time out to talk about your concerns with the providers you allow yourself the time needed to digest all the data and make informed decisions.

The Professionals Who Care

The prenatal specialists here at Riverside Medical Group are steadfast in their commitment to provide only the highest quality prenatal and maternal health care to all our valued patients.  Whether you are a first time Mom or repeat Mom, we stand ready to meet your every need. Be sure to discuss any physical or mental health concerns you may have with our specialists and let us help you to transition easily from your pregnancy phase to that of being the ideal Mom and caregiver, child after child, year after year!