Prenatal care and postpartum care are for women who are pregnant or who just gave birth. These health services offer many lasting benefits for you and your baby.

Here’s what these services are and how to contact JMS if you need help finding a provider.

What Is Prenatal Care?

Prenatal care is also known as prenatal wellness. It is the health care you receive during pregnancy. The main goal of prenatal care is to help you and your baby stay healthy.

Prenatal care appointments are held at least once a month. You meet with your doctor to talk about your pregnancy. You may also have checkups and tests. Tests can reveal whether you have a condition that requires treatment before your baby is born.

What Is Postpartum Care?

Postpartum care is also known as postpartum wellness. It is health care you receive for three to 12 weeks after your baby is born.

During these appointments, your doctor will check your physical and mental health. This is done to see how you are adjusting to life after having a baby. Your doctor will also examine your newborn.

What Do These Care Processes Look Like?

Here’s what to expect from prenatal and postnatal care.

Prenatal Care

Prenatal care starts the moment you learn you are pregnant up until the day you have your baby. Appointments are spaced about a month apart for the first six months. After that, appointments may be held once or twice a week.

Prenatal visits are an ideal time to mention any symptoms to your doctor. You may also undergo routine tests at every appointment, including:

  • Screenings for diabetes and preeclampsia
  • Blood pressure reading
  • Weight check
  • Abdominal measurements
  • Fetal heart rate monitoring

These tests can help your doctor detect issues or problems early on. This allows you to have them treated before your baby arrives.

Postpartum Care

Postpartum care lasts up to 12 weeks. During postpartum visits, your doctor will weigh and examine your baby. They may check your newborn’s hearing and vision.

Topics that may come up during postpartum care include:

  • Breastfeeding and formula-feeding
  • Postnatal vitamins
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Bowel movements
  • Mood changes
  • Sleeping patterns
  • Birth control
  • Exercise

Your doctor may also share tips on self-care and how to manage your maternal health during your early postpartum days.

What Are the Specific Benefits of Each?

Prenatal and postpartum care can reduce the risk of problems in you, your baby, and your family. This is one of the top benefits of these services.

Long-term benefits of prenatal care:

  • Learn about your baby’s growth and development
  • Treat chronic conditions early on
  • Reduce the risk of illness and disease
  • Learn more about pregnancy

Long-term benefits of postnatal care:

  • Learn important tips about nursing and feeding
  • Start using birth control
  • Experience a healthy and fast recovery
  • Reduce your risk of postpartum depression
  • Learn more about newborn care
  • Reduce your risk of hospital readmission

Prenatal and postnatal care can benefit everyone in the family—not just expectant mothers. These services can teach your partner and children about pregnancy and newborn care. Most importantly, they can protect your health and that of your baby and help you live a long, happy life with your loved ones.

 Jai Medical Systems provides case management services to all pregnant members. Your case manager can help connect you with prenatal and postpartum providers. Your case manager can also connect you with individualized resources and programs to ensure you receive the best care possible during and after your pregnancy. Contact us at 1-888-524-1999 and ask to speak with an OB case manager today.