Prenatal Care - FamilyEducation
Prenatal Care
05/22/2007 at 22:24 PM

Hey All


I have been reading a book about Henry VIII and there is a lot of talk about how few babies lived to be born live or to survive any amount of time.  As I was reading, I was thinking how lucky we are to have the prenatal care that we have in this day and age.


Many of these women would not even know they were pregnant for sure until they could feel the baby move.  So, in some cases the woman could be pregnant for months before she knew for sure she was even pregnant.  I think one of the biggest advances in prenatal care is how early we can detect pregnancies today.


What do you all feel is one of the most important advances in prenatal care?



Hi, Marti,

The biggest advancement in prenatal care is more and more practitioners are aware of the profound impact of vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids for women of child-bearing age.  Though the system is far from perfect and folate is not the lone voice in the preconceptional and prenatal nutritional wilderness - scientific investigators are getting closer to identifying  nutritional disorders that may affect gene expression. This holds great promise for preventing birth defects and neurodevelopmental challenges such as Downs, dyslexia  and autism.

Jan K-L