antenatal medicine

Last reviewed 08/2022

Obstetrics has changed its emphasis from maternal disease to early detection and prevention of maternal and fetal problems. Antenatal management is thus used to ensure that:

  • regular assessment is made on mother and fetus to detect any abnormalities that could harm either party
  • the mother is prepared for labour and motherhood, both physically and psychologically

Screening tests not directly related to pregnancy are often carried out during ante-natal screening, for example, cervical smears. This opportunistic approach is undertaken because the mother may not attend conventional screening appointments.