Baby’s Health Depends on Mother’s Well-Being
Newborns are the most vulnerable members of society. Improving newborn health goes hand in hand with promoting safer motherhood. Intervening to make motherhood safer and to protect newborns in their most fragile period is an essential investment in the future.
Maternal complications take a serious toll on women. Tragically, millions of stillbirths and newborn deaths result from many of the same preventable causes.Making motherhood safer is critical to saving newborns.
Research shows that a significant number of neonatal morbidity and mortality could be prevented if all women were adequately nourished and received good quality care during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period.
Physical Determinants of Infant and Child Health –
• The cognitive and physical development of infants and children is influenced by the health, nutrition, and behaviors of their mothers during pregnancy and early childhood.
• Breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrition for most infants, with a range of benefits for their health, growth, immunity, and development.
• Furthermore, children reared in safe and nurturing families and neighborhoods, free from maltreatment and other social adversities, are more likely to have better outcomes as adult of diet on health.
• Impact of Diet on Health :
“A woman’s diet at the time of conception might cause lasting changes in the DNA of her children, potentially influencing their development”
Importance of antenatal care:
Antenatal care is the clinical assessment of mother and fetus during pregnancy, for the purpose of obtaining the best possible outcome for the mother and child.
Management for Maternal Mother :
• The preconception visits.
• The booking visits (8-14wks).
• The mid – trimester risk assessment (20-24wks).
• Antenatal visits in the second half of pregnancy.
• Antenatal classes & the familiarization hospital visit.
• Antenatal visit with hospital team (36-38wks).
• Post dates visits – Induction of labour (41-42wks).
The Book of “Maternity Health”
Book of Labour & Antenatal care -Written by Myles & Dutta.
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