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What are maternity care interventions?

Towanda Stewart
Nursing Specialist

Maternity care interventions for Mom during Antepartum (Early care after conception) phase includes:

  • Avoid alcohol (may lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in infant) and smoking (may cause constriction of blood vessels)
  • Get adequate rest (6 to 8 hrs. sleep per night recommended)
  • Consult your MD before starting an exercise routine (in absence of medical or obstetric problems 30 min/ moderate exercise is acceptable)
  • Keep MD appointments (early intervention is best)!
  • Take your medication as prescribed by your MD, including prenatal vitamins and iron, and informing him/her of ALL meds including herbal remedies to determine safety of administration during pregnancy
  • Obtain a nutritional assessment by your MD with instructions on proper weight gain per month based on body mass index (BMI) and your pre-pregnancy weight

Reference

Beckmann, R. B., Ling, F. W., Barzansky, B. M., Herbert, W. N.P., Laube, D. W., & Smith, R. P. (2010). Obstetrics and gynecology: (6th Ed.). Lippincott: Williams & Wilkins.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Maternity care interventions are important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy.  Maternity care interventions include doing things like:

* Keeping OB appointments

* Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet

* Disussing with your MD appropriate weight gain during pregnancy

* Taking any prescribed medications religiously, especially pre-natal vitamins

* Stopping smoking and alchohol consumption if still doing so

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