Prenatal care is a key component of a healthy pregnancy. Regular prenatal care helps to identify and treat complications and to promote healthy behaviors. Outcome data suggest that babies born to mothers who do not receive prenatal care are 3 times more likely to be of low birth weight, and 5 times more likely to die, compared with babies born to mothers who receive prenatal care. US Department of Health and Human Services: prenatal care fact sheet Opens in new window In addition to medical care, prenatal care includes counseling and education. This topic provides an overview for the prenatal management of healthy pregnant women with singleton pregnancies.
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- Preconception care
- Prenatal care
- Routine testing
- Additional tests to consider
- Screening for genetic abnormalities
- Screening for neural tube defects (NTD)
- Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus
- Screening for group B streptococcus (GBS)
- Rho D immune globulin administration
- Diagnosis and treatment of anemia in pregnancy
- Management of post-term pregnancy
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