Antenatal/Prenatal & Postnatal Care

Stepping into motherhood is a life-changing experience, filled with joyful anticipation and a profound sense of responsibility. As a woman who is pregnant, the importance of comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care cannot be underestimated. It is a key element for ensuring the well-being of both you and your precious little one.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) is essential to antenatal care, particularly if you have a high-risk pregnancy. MFM specialises in complex and high-risk obstetrics care for complicated pregnancies, focusing on keeping both mother and baby healthy before, during and after birth.

This speciality often involves fetal imaging, diagnostic testing, and other procedures to assess whether there are pregnancy risks and, if so, to manage these risks together with you. MFM specialists are also integral for prenatal counselling and coordination of care for patients.

What is prenatal care, and why is it important?

Prenatal care is a holistic approach to healthcare designed to monitor and support the health of the mother and her developing fetus during pregnancy. Prenatal care ensures a smooth and healthy pregnancy while identifying and managing potential complications early on. 

At SWC Medical Group, we follow a structured schedule of regular check-ups tailored to your needs during each trimester. For a healthy pregnancy, we recommend:

  • Week 4 to 28: 1 prenatal visit per month
  • Weeks 28 to 36: 1 prenatal visit every two weeks
  • Weeks 36 to 40: 1 prenatal visit every week

 

Prenatal care services at SWC Medical Group

First trimester

Ultrasound

The first trimester brings the excitement of seeing the baby for the first time. Our ultrasound services provide a detailed image, offering insights into the baby’s development and confirming a healthy pregnancy.

Assessment of risk (OSCAR)

The OSCAR test assesses the risk of fetal anomalies between 11 and 14 weeks, providing valuable information for early intervention if necessary.

Pre-eclampsia screening

Detecting and managing pre-eclampsia risks is crucial, and our screening processes ensure timely intervention to safeguard both mother and baby.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) test

For certain high-risk pregnancies, CVS allows for early diagnosis of genetic conditions.

Second trimester

Fetal anomaly scan: This detailed scan comprehensively assesses the baby’s anatomy, detecting any potential abnormalities.

Fetal echocardiogram: A specialised ultrasound focused on the baby’s heart health, ensuring early detection of cardiac issues.

Amniocentesis: For further genetic testing, amniocentesis may be recommended, allowing for a more in-depth analysis of the baby’s chromosomes.

Fetal blood sampling:

In specific cases, fetal blood sampling may be necessary to assess the baby’s blood and identify potential issues.

Oral glucose tolerance test:

Screening for gestational diabetes is crucial during the second trimester, and our tests are designed for accuracy and early detection.

Third trimester

Ultrasound scans: Regular ultrasounds in the third trimester ensure the baby’s growth and development are on track, and potential issues are promptly identified.

Group B strep screening: Identifying and managing Group B streptococcus is crucial to prevent complications during labour.

Postnatal care services at SWC Medical Group

Our postnatal care services ensure the well-being of both mother and baby after delivery. The following are some critical postnatal checks.

Checking the baby’s well-being: Regular assessments to monitor the baby’s growth, development, and overall health.

Ensuring no apparent congenital abnormalities: Comprehensive examinations to rule out genetic abnormalities.

Checking the placenta is complete: Verifying the completeness of the placenta expulsion to prevent postpartum complications.

Ensuring blood loss is not excessive: Monitoring and managing postpartum bleeding to prevent complications.

Checking for tearing and episiotomy: Thorough examinations to identify any tears or the need for episiotomy, ensuring proper healing.

Checking the caesarean wound: For mothers who underwent caesarean sections, monitoring the incision site is crucial for a smooth recovery.

Our Specialists

Our specialists are dedicated to providing the best possible care for pregnant mothers and their babies. They operate in SWC Medical Group clinics and are accredited to various hospitals in Singapore.

Dr Ben Choey Wei Yen

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Chang Tou Choong

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr Chua Kah Mui Eunice

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility

Dr Geraldine Tan Pei Lin

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Koh Cheng Huat

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Gynae-oncology

Dr Loke Kah Leong

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Paul Tseng Seng Loke

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility, Urogynaecology

Dr Phua Soo Mear

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Serene Lim

Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fertility 

Dr Shilla Mariah Yussof

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Tan Guek Cheng Madeleine

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Dr Tan Wee Khin

Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Why choose
Singapore Women's & Children's
Medical Group?

Full spectrum of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and tertiary Paediatric services

SWC Medical Group offers a complete range of services covering all aspects of obstetrics, gynaecology, and tertiary paediatric care. We provide a seamless continuum of care for mothers and their newborns.

Team of experienced medical specialists

Our Obstetrics, Gynaecology, and Paediatric specialists are experienced in diverse sub-specialties. Our comprehensive expertise lets us personalise and support your pregnancy journey.

Dedicated management team

The dedicated management team at SWC Medical Group is committed to providing patients with a smooth and efficient experience. Our directors and management team actively oversee our medical clinics’ operations,promptly addressing the needs of our patients and making informed decisions swiftly.

Antenatal package in Singapore

Prenatal and postnatal care are essential to a healthy and prosperous pregnancy journey. At SWC Medical Group, we are committed to delivering care that ensures you receive the support you rightfully deserve, making the journey to motherhood as smooth and joyous as possible.

The cost for an antenatal package in Singapore starts at $960. Contact us for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prenatal care involves guidance on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, being physically active, and proper rest. Quitting harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol is also advisable.

Common issues include gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and genetic abnormalities. Early detection and management are critical components of prenatal care.

Multiple pregnancies require closer monitoring due to increased risks. More frequent ultrasounds and assessments are typically recommended.

Prenatal screening tests have high accuracy rates but are not definitive. Further diagnostic tests may be recommended by your doctor for confirmation.

Prenatal testing is optional; decisions should be made based on personal preferences and discussions with your healthcare providers. Declining tests may limit early detection of potential issues.

The baby’s gender is typically determined through ultrasound during the second trimester.

Postnatal check-ups are usually scheduled within the first six weeks after childbirth to monitor the mother’s recovery and the baby’s well-being.

Postnatal care extends for several weeks and includes:

  • Monitoring the health of the mother and baby.
  • Addressing concerns.
  • Guiding postpartum recovery.

Antenatal packages may include regular check-ups, ultrasound scans, prenatal screenings, and specialist consultations. The specific inclusions can vary, and customised packages are available.

Signing up for an antenatal package early in pregnancy is advisable to ensure comprehensive care throughout the entire gestational period.