Partners and families play an important role in helping the pregnant mum look after herself and her unborn baby. If she has a chronic health condition like diabetes, epilepsy, heart or kidney disease, asthma or TB, is on HIV treatment, or abuses alcohol or drugs it’s extremely important to tell the medical staff on your first clinic visit. It’s also very important for young girls under 16 or older women over 36 to be watched more carefully.
Many women have an underlying health condition that can complicate pregnancy and thereby threaten the health and wellbeing of the baby in the womb. It is important:
- for pregnant women to go to the clinic or their doctor as soon as they think they are pregnant & then at least 4 to 5 more times before it’s time to give birth.
- for them to take their ante-natal card each time, so that medical staff know their medical history, any underlying condition or treatment or particular challenges they may face.
- to go back to the same clinic or medical facility and to book in early at the health facility to give birth.