As soon as a pregnancy is suspected, contact a CAP (Centro de Asistencia Primaria) to make an appointment with a midwife (comadrona/llevadora). This visit is to confirm the pregnancy, examine the expectant mother and organise routine blood tests and an early ultra sound scan. All the information about scans, blood tests and your pregnancy will be recorded in a pregnancy booklet (cartilla de embarazo), which should be brought along to all visits.
Generally (although this may vary), pre-natal examinations will be given by a doctor or midwife. The schedule of examinations is:
Regular pre-natal care is required in order to continually monitor maternal and foetal well-being, to monitor the progress of pregnancy and for early detection of deviations from normal. A scan is normally carried out every trimester.
Prenatal education is a vital part of prenatal care. Women who receive professional pre-natal education and preparation invariably fair better in labour. Some clinics provide a complete pre-natal education programme. The course should include preparation for labour (what to expect), breathing and relaxation techniques and preparation for infant feeding.
In most cases the education or prenatal classes start in the 25th week. Most classes invite partners as well.
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