Planning for Pregnancy



Planning for Pregnancy

Planning for pregnancy refers to making the necessary preparations, both physically and mentally, to ensure a smooth pregnancy. From conception to the day of delivery, everything should

go as smoothly as possible to help ensure the birth of a healthy baby.

Preparation includes: Health check-ups for the couple 
Genetic testing to determine risks for genetic diseases before pregnancy

Infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after one year, or after 6 months in cases in which the woman is over 35 years of age. Infertility can be due to either the male or the female or both. Infertility treatment includes the following:



Reproductive surgery: Minimal Invasive Surgery (Hysteroscopy, Laparoscopy


Layout-Fertility-Center-IVF-Clinic-Banner-Element_Fertility-Technology-500x500.png Assisted Reproductive Technology (IUI, IVF, ICSI)
Prenatal care refers to the pregnancy-related healthcare received throughout pregnancy. And the earlier care is received, the better. This is because it can help to avoid certain potential issues by way of screening for pregnancy risks due to various factors. This includes the woman's age, underlying conditions, and genetic diseases, for example. Doctors can offer advice on proper pregnancy care, help prevent diseases from developing, or treat certain diseases in the early stages.

Natural Childbirth

In a natural childbirth, aka vaginal birth, the mother delivers the baby through her vagina. A benefit for the baby is that it gets beneficial bacteria in the birth canal. Also, compared to a C-section, a natural birth costs less and allows the mother to recover much faster. An anesthesiologist is available to give the mother an epidural to relieve her labor pain during a natural birth.


Cesarean Section (C-Section) 

A Cesarean section or a C-section is a surgical procedure in which a baby is delivered through incisions in the mother’s abdomen and uterus, normally performed when a vaginal delivery is not possible or safe due to underlying conditions or the baby’s unusual position. In some cases, due to a number of reasons, an emergency C-section is required.  


In a high-risk pregnancy, the woman and the fetus may be at an increased risk of health problems, possibly life-threatening, before, during, or after delivery.

Risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Underlying conditions such as internal medicine diseases, HIV infections, venereal diseases, or being a hepatitis B carrier
  • History of pregnancy or childbirth issues such as preterm or post-term births or history of two or more miscarriages
  • Unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, or drug abuse
  • Pregnancy under 16 or over 40 years of age

High-Risk Pregnancy Prevention and Care

Prevention Before pregnancy Women should be aware of the various risks and prepare themselves by having a health screening. If there are any underlying conditions, see the doctor to assess the risks and manage the conditions. Prenatal care should be received right after conception. Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. Take folic acid supplements 2-3 months in advance to help prevent birth defects.

High-Risk Pregnancy Care

High-risk pregnancy care varies with the risk factors. The care plan may include the following:

  • Keep appointments with the obstetrician to closely monitor the pregnancy.
  • Keep appointments with medical specialists in related fields.
  • Monitor blood pressure regularly.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if any unusual symptoms such as vaginal bleeding or discharge, decreased fetal movement, pain in the lower abdomen, burning sensation when urinating, change in eyesight quality such as blurred vision, fever, persistent vomiting or nausea, or dizziness arise.

Postnatal care includes comprehensive healthcare after delivery — both physical and mental care. Our medical specialists and interdisciplinary team of healthcare experts can provide continuity of care for mothers and their babies. Examples are as follows:

  • Nutritionists can recommend nutrient-dense postpartum diets that are beneficial for the baby, while also helping the mother to lose weight.
  • Physical therapists can help organize a postpartum exercise program that promotes quick recovery and weight loss as well as reduces postpartum depression in the mother.
  • Professional nurses with specialized training can help get the mothers ready for breastfeeding as follows:
    • Advise pregnant women on breast and nipple problems
    • Advise and assist mothers with breastfeeding problems
    • Advise and assist mothers in practicing proper breastfeeding techniques
    • Advise and assist mothers post-delivery with problems such as engorged breasts, mastitis, or sore nipples
    • Advise mothers with low breast milk supply
    • Advise and assist mothers whose baby refuses to breastfeed or has nipple confusion
    • Provide telephone consultation service regarding breastfeeding
  • Beauty services for mothers to regain  confidence after giving birth by Vitallife Center
  • Special privilege for babies born at Bumrungrad: Baby Club membership, which includes a 10% discount on outpatient medications, inpatient medications, and patient room rates (until the child turns 12 years old)


At Bumrungrad, we have managed over 1,627 high-risk pregnancies. Preeclampsia, a serious condition, was detected in just 0.01% of cases. Similarly, postpartum hemorrhage occurred in only 0.53% of patients. These remarkable outcomes are achieved through the collaborative efforts of our team of obstetricians and multidisciplinary specialists. Their systematic and comprehensive care ensures the highest level of safety for pregnant mothers under our care.

From pre-pregnancy to delivery, our dedicated team of obstetricians provides efficient care at Bumrungrad. The maternal mortality rate following childbirth at Bumrungrad is 0, highlighting our commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of mothers throughout the birthing process.




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