Here’s what you should do to minimise pregnancy and childbirth risks, shares Dr Tan Eng Loy, consultant at the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at Singapore General Hospital.
See your doctor to ensure you have good control of any existing medical issues like diabetes or heart conditions.
You may have to adjust your medication so it doesn’t affect your chances of becoming pregnant or your unborn baby’s health if you conceive.
Make a gynae appointment as soon as your home urine pregnancy test kit shows positive results, around five to six weeks, so you get proper antenatal care.
Stay up-to-date with screening tests such as those for Down syndrome and detailed ultrasound scans. You will also be checked for gestational diabetes, usually done between 24 and 28 weeks.
Closer to your estimated due date, at around 39 weeks, you may be induced for labour to lower your risk of a possible stillbirth. Discuss this with your doctor.