When pregnant, Moms must routinely have the uterus checked by a doctor. Pregnancy checks and antenatal care must be carried out routinely according to doctor’s recommendations. Remember! pregnant women also need to carry out medical check-ups periodically, you know!
It is not only the health of the fetus that must be monitored, pregnant women also need regular health checks so that they can reduce the risk of disease from an early age and prevent worsening. A medical examination usually includes a complete blood count, examination of important organs such as the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, to examinations of bones, body composition, eyes, teeth, and others.
Is it safe to have a health check-up during pregnancy? “Pregnant women are safe and must have periodic health checks,” said dr. Imelda Maria Loho, Sp.PD, Internal Medicine Specialist from RS Pondok Indah – Puri Indah, in a webinar with RSPI Group. Keluarga
What health checks need to be done and safe for pregnant women? Come on, see the advice from dr. Imelda in the following.
1 Blood Pressure
This is a health check that will always be done every time you visit the doctor. According to dr. Imelda, checking blood pressure is not only important to monitor during pregnancy, but also important for all patients aged 18 years and over. For pregnant women, monitoring blood pressure is important to prevent preeclampsia or high blood pressure during pregnancy which is very dangerous for both the mother and the fetus. Remember, normal blood pressure is 120/80 yes, Moms. If it is less or more than this number, then additional examinations may be needed along with lifestyle changes. Kehidupan keluarga harmonis
2 Body Mass Index
According to dr. Imelda, checking body mass index (BMI) needs to be done at least once every year. BMI values that are considered normal are 18.5 to 22.9, this value is obtained from the comparison of weight and height. If the BMI value is abnormal, the doctor will recommend checking the levels of fat, blood sugar, liver function, heart function, and lifestyle modifications.
3 Abdominal Circumference
Whether pregnant or not, women or men, it is important to monitor the abdominal circumference. You can even check this yourself at home. According to dr. Imelda, the safe limit for nonpregnant women is 80 cm and 90 cm in men.
Meanwhile, in pregnant women, the circumference of the abdomen continues to change because it is influenced by gestational age and the size of the fetus. Apart from monitoring the development of the fetus, checking the abdominal circumference of the nonpregnant also helps reduce the risk of serious problems such as a heart attack. Yes, excess belly fat has the potential to trigger a heart attack, Moms. Keluarga Bahagia
4 Eye Health
This is also one of the important checks during a medical check-up. According to dr. Imelda, it is highly recommended to have eye health checked at least once a year in patients under 45 years of age or those with diabetes problems. Relax, Moms, this examination is safe to do during pregnancy, really.
5 Heart Physiology
This needs to be done at least once a year. If there is an abnormal examination, further examinations will be carried out such as heart records, x-rays, thread mill test, echo, and examination of the history of heart disease in the family.
6 Blood Fat Levels
This is done to determine the total HDL or good cholesterol, bad LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood of pregnant women. According to dr. Imelda, generally this is only done every 4-6 years, but if you are at risk for heart disease, your doctor may recommend more frequent checkups. Ibu dan anak
7 Blood Sugar
Doctor Imelda said that this examination is generally only done once every 3 years, but for those of you who are at high risk of developing diabetes, they can be checked more regularly. The goal is to check the level of sugar in your blood, to avoid gestational diabetes or to control diabetes so that it does not occur in severity.
“Routine urinalysis is also carried out for pregnant women in the first and second trimesters,” explained dr. Imelda. This urine test not only checks the pregnant woman’s hCG level, but can also help detect gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and asymptomatic bacteria. Even though pregnant women are not at high risk of these diseases, there is nothing wrong with having regular health checks, Moms.