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When one is pregnant, a good medical follow-up is more than ever essential to ensure one's health but also, of course, that of baby. Here is everything you need to know about appointments to plan at the gynecologist.
Are all future mothers involved in gynecological follow-up?
- All women, without exception, must be followed by a gynecologist or midwife throughout the pregnancy. Some peculiarities are however to emphasize. In the case of twin pregnancies, for example, appointments with the gynecologist will be more numerous. The goal ? Avoid as much as possible the risk of premature birth. Similarly, when the pregnancy is said pathological (eclampsia, growth retardation of the fetus or suspicion of prematurity), it is essential to adjust and personalize the medical care of the future mother.
How often are appointments with the gynecologist?
- During pregnancy, 7 appointments with the gynecologist are mandatory. Supported 100% by Social Security, they help ensure the health of the future mother and her baby.
- The first appointment is made between the 8th and 12th week of amenorrhea. It serves among other things to review all the information essential for good medical monitoring: personal health (height, weight, tension ...) and family history of health, lifestyle or diet. The gynecologist then practices a vaginal touch and a palpation of the breasts. Then he prescribes a blood test and a urine test.
- During the following appointments (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th month of pregnancy), the gynecologist performs vaginal examinations to ensure that the cervix is not dilated, palpations breasts and abdomen. He also checks the weight, the blood pressure and the sugar and albumin levels in the urine of the mother-to-be. Finally, it monitors the baby's growth as well as his general state of health (height and weight, heart rate, quantity and quality of amniotic fluid, implantation of the placenta, fetal movements, verification of the uterine height, position in the uterus ...) .
Why is the gynecologist essential during pregnancy?
- A gynecological monitoring allows above all to follow the growth of baby and ensure that his health and that of the future mother are excellent. The gynecologist is also present to accompany, advise and reassure future parents, listen to their concerns and answer their questions. In the same way, it will make it possible to relieve the various physiological inconveniences that most women encounter during their pregnancy: nausea accompanied by vertigo, poor circulation and feeling of heavy legs, constipation or intense fatigue.