Table 3

Reminders for prenatal visits and hospital delivery delivered to each study group

WeekControl and GHPP groupsCS and full message groups
Week 7, day 4Regular antenatal care visits are the best way to protect both you and your baby. For normal pregnancy, experts recommend 1 antenatal visit per month in the first 7 months, 1 visit every 2 weeks between eighth and ninth months, and weekly visits in the last month of pregnancy.
Week 10, day 2From this week, you can start your first antenatal visit and establish your own health profile. Routine examination includes urine examination, blood type, liver and kidney function, blood sugar, hepatitis B test, etc.From this week, you can start your first antenatal visit and establish your own health profile for free. Routine examination includes urine examination, blood type, liver and kidney function, blood sugar, hepatitis B test, etc. Don't forget to go to the hospital!
Week 16, day 6The next 2 weeks you could go for the second prenatal visit. This visit should include screening for Down syndrome, blood pressure and other neural tube defects.The next 2 weeks you need to get the second prenatal visit for free. This visit should include screening for Down syndrome, blood pressure and other neural tube defects.
Week 17, day 2Your doctor may advise you to have ultrasound diagnosis this week. Several ultrasound diagnoses are needed during pregnancy. It can help to check your baby's organ development, determine fetal position and placental location, and assess placental function, etc.
Week 28, day 2This week, you could go for the third prenatal visit. This visit should include general physical examination, blood pressure, etc.Starting from this week to the 36th week, you can have an antenatal visit once every 2 weeks. After 36 weeks you can have it once a week.
Week 34, day 2Now you could go for the 4th prenatal visit. This visit may include ultrasound diagnosis, general physical examination, blood pressure, etc.You can have ultrasound diagnosis during the next 2 weeks to observe the growth and development of your baby, the location and maturity of placenta and amount of amniotic fluid. In addition, it can capture if there is organ abnormality during late pregnancy or if it was missed in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Week 36, day 2Now you could go for the fifth prenatal visit. This visit may include ultrasound diagnosis, general physical examination, blood pressure, etc.Starting from this week, you can have a weekly antenatal visit to ensure the safety of you and your baby. It is the ‘final stage’ of your pregnancy, go for it!
Week 38, day 4From now on, please be prepared to go to the health facility (county maternal and child health centre or country hospital) for delivery.Doctors will decide whether you should have early admission, fetal monitoring and your delivery approach by measuring the pelvis and ultrasonography. If doctors suggest that you should do vaginal delivery, please don’t say no just because of fear of pain.
  • CS, care seeking; GHPP, good household prenatal practice.