Antenatal care is the care you get from health professionals during your pregnancy. It’s sometimes called pregnancy care or maternity care. You should start your antenatal care as soon as possible once you know you’re pregnant.

You can do this by contacting a professional gynecologist via If you’re expecting your first child, you’ll have up to 10 antenatal appointments.

By using prenatal care for pregnant women regularly, health professionals can anticipate and manage pregnancy complications to ensure perinatal outcomes for the mother and acceptable conditions.

The main goals of prenatal care are to screen pregnant women at high risk for pregnancy-related problems as quickly as possible and to provide adequate skilled care to high-risk women, while care for low-risk women remains adequate. This “risk approach” is a management tool for improving maternal and child health care.

Studies on the use of prenatal care among women in sub-Saharan Africa show that 72% of pregnant women have attended prenatal care one or more times and 68% in Southeast Asia. Less than one-third of pregnant women receive prenatal care.

The very low reported maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in developed countries compared to those in developing countries is due to the increasing use of modern maternal health services since inception.