Did you know that babies whose mothers did not have prenatal care are more likely to die at birth? Around five times more likely, in fact. Which is why health care for women is so important.
Lack of prenatal care also contributes to lower birth rates, around three times more likely.
Women who do not get prenatal care often binge drink during their pregnancies, which is extremely dangerous to the fetus and can cause risks such as
- Mental retardation
- Facial deformities, like cleft palate and cleft lip
The reason many women avoid prenatal care is because they do not have health insurance. Thankfully, health care for women is available all over and a lot of times OBGYN doctors offer or know of women health services programs to help uninsured pregnant women pay for prenatal care.
A big reason for prenatal care, other than making sure the baby is progressing along properly, is to check for correctable issues, like heart abnormalities.
Another reason is so you know what you can and cannot do while you are pregnant. For example, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, it is advisable to get around 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.
If you are pregnant and do not have insurance, you may be able to find someone to help you. Be sure to visit your Virginia Beach OBGYN for your prenatal appointment today. Your doctor can steer you toward the best options for you.