Obstetric care starts before fertilization
Unique. Magnificent. Special. Wonderful. Who can use these terms when describing his or her work? I think I am one of the few lucky ones. My name is Gardy Laurijssen and my profession? Midwife. The most beautiful course that exists.
In the meantime I have been able to put babies into the world for 12.5 years and I still do that with as much passion and energy as when I first started. And I want to share this passion, so how much fun is it that I can write this blog for you to share my experiences and take you into my world?
I myself am the proud mother of a beautiful 2-year-old daughter, who enriches my world every day. So I know exactly what the expectant dads and mothers can expect in my practice and I want everyone to experience this beautiful feeling. The practice I am talking about is my 'kind-of-second-child' in the vicinity of Barendrecht / Albrandswaard / Rotterdam. Here I receive my clients in the way that I strongly believe in and who also ensured that I started my own practice 7 years ago; personal care and attention. Because every pregnant care deserves tailor-made.
During my work I regularly get the same questions, but I also notice that there are questions that are asked less often. Yet these are questions that can be interesting for many pregnant women and their partners. And let's just have a look at this blog right now! An excellent opportunity to overwhelm you with this information about the different stages of pregnancy, delivery and maternity!
Before the start
Let's start at the beginning. And then the literal beginning. Or actually even for it. Because a pregnancy actually starts before fertilization. Once you are pregnant you go to the doctor or the midwife. That's right: as soon as you have a positive test, the time has come to make an appointment with the midwife, preferably as quickly as possible. But what many couples do not know is that they are already in the pre-pregnancy stage, also called the pre-conceptual phase, can make an appointment with the midwife. Because I think this care is very important, this is also possible in our practice. In addition to regular office hours, people can go to our children's consultation hour or pre-conception consultation.
Preconception consultation hour
The pre-conception consultation. A difficult and perhaps even unclear term. That is why we prefer to hold a consultation hour for children. But what exactly does this mean? In the period before you become pregnant, you can already do a lot to get as healthy a child as possible. Reducing the risks during pregnancy starts at the very beginning, actually when the egg cell and sperm cells mature. It is therefore good to think about whether you have certain risks or if you still need information to start a pregnancy as healthy as possible.
Valuable risk assessment
What can you expect during the childrens consultation hour? Many questions will be asked about your health, lifestyle, family history, working conditions and social life to be able to make a good risk assessment together with all this information for the upcoming pregnancy.
In addition, we provide information about increasing the chances of a pregnancy, how you can adjust your lifestyle as healthy as possible and how the obstetric system works in the Netherlands. Are there risks? Then appropriate care is given to avoid or reduce it. So do you want to get pregnant? Then make an appointment with a midwife in the neighborhood. You and your (future) child are more than worth it!
- Do you stop contraception? Then start with folic acid and vitamin D.
- Do not use alcohol and drugs and do not smoke.
- Watch your food. On the website of the feeding center or ZoZwanger is extensive information about what you can and can not eat during pregnancy (and therefore during the first weeks, if you do not know yet).
- Try to maintain a healthy weight (as the BMI increases, the chance of spontaneous pregnancy is less and the risk of miscarriage increases).
- Check whether your risks are at work (for example, working with toxic substances or radiation and deviating working hours).
- Check whether you have already had your vaccinations and if you have had childhood illnesses.
- Do you use medication? Discuss this with your doctor or midwife.
- Check whether you are or may become infected with an STD.
- Check whether there are any other possible risks (if in doubt, always ask!).