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Assessing Fetal and Maternal Health

Assessing Fetal and Maternal Health

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ASSESSING FETAL ANDMATERNAL HEALTH:
PRENATAL
 
CARE
 
 
Prenatal care, essential for ensuringPrenatal care, essential for ensuringthe overall health of newborns andthe overall health of newborns andtheir mothers, is a major strategy fortheir mothers, is a major strategy forhelping to reduce the number of low-helping to reduce the number of low-birth weight babies born yearly .It isbirth weight babies born yearly .It isseen as so important that a numberseen as so important that a numberof National Health Goals speak of National Health Goals speak directly to it. Ideally, prenatal caredirectly to it. Ideally, prenatal carebegins during the mother’s childhood.begins during the mother’s childhood.It includes balanced nutrition withIt includes balanced nutrition withadequate intake of calcium andadequate intake of calcium andvitamin D during infancy andvitamin D during infancy andchildhood to prevent rickets(whichchildhood to prevent rickets(whichcan distort pelvic size);adequatecan distort pelvic size);adequateimmunizations against contagiousimmunizations against contagiousdiseases for protection against viraldiseases for protection against viraldiseases such as rubella duringdiseases such as rubella during
 
 
Nursing process overviewNursing process overviewFor prenatal care:For prenatal care:
1. assessment1. assessment
The first prenatal visit is a time to establish baseline The first prenatal visit is a time to establish baselinedata relevant to health assessment and planning healthdata relevant to health assessment and planning healthpromotion strategies now and with every subsequentpromotion strategies now and with every subsequentvisit. Explaining why specific assessment data arevisit. Explaining why specific assessment data arerelevant to the pregnancy maybe the first step in thisrelevant to the pregnancy maybe the first step in thisprocessprocess 
2.nursing diagnosis2.nursing diagnosis
although most woman probably have used a homealthough most woman probably have used a homepregnancy detection kit to find out if they pregnant, thepregnancy detection kit to find out if they pregnant, thefirst prenatal visit officially serves to confirm this, sofirst prenatal visit officially serves to confirm this, sonursing diagnosis may focus on the response of thenursing diagnosis may focus on the response of thewoman and her family to that information for example:woman and her family to that information for example:
Decisional conflict related to desire to be pregnantDecisional conflict related to desire to be pregnant
Risk for ineffective coping related to confirmation of Risk for ineffective coping related to confirmation of unplanned pregnancy.unplanned pregnancy.

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