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The Pregnant Woman’s Card

The Pregnant Woman’s Card has important information for the health record of the pregnant woman and of her child. It is a right she is entitled to and it must be given to her at her first prenatal check. The pregnant woman shall bring her card in all her medical appointments.

On this Pregnant’s Card are recorded the diseases prior to the pregnancy, the data of the current pregnancy and of the baby’s growth, the results of the checks and the scheduling of the appointments.

Leader, during the visits you make, always ask to see the Pregnant’s Card and watch for:

• How updated the vaccination against tetanus is (see page 56 of this Guide);

• The pregnancy week; (A)

• If the pregnant woman has been weighed (B); and if her blood pressure has been taken (C);

• If the measure of womb height has been taken (D) ( see page 74);

• If the womb height curve has been filled, according to the pregnancy stage.

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In the following checks it shall be recorded the:

A - blood type and if the RH factor is positive or negative; B- blood test result for anemia; C- blood test result for diabetes; D- blood test result for syphilis; E- urine test result to diagnose urinary infection; or protein loss; F- blood test result for HIV/Aids; G- blood test result for hepatitis B; H- blood test result for toxoplasmosis.

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In the home visit, the leader shall look at the Pregnant’s Card and encourage her to do the prenatal check for it is at this point that many of the pregnancy’s future complications can be prevented.