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Pregnancy at Joaquim Chaves Saúde

Dr. João Manuel Colaço (Obstetrician - Gynaecologist) . 09/09/2017

Pregnancy is an important milestone in a woman’s reproductive life. Throughout history, beyond the physiological process of human reproduction, motherhood and pregnancy are seen as an event of great emotional and affective impact.

Joaquim Chaves Saúde offers a multidisciplinary team of specialised Obstetricians, as well as a nursing team that provides the suitable appointments for specific classes and interventions.


We supply a differentiated pre-natal service, namely in the accompaniment of high risk pregnancies. The support provided by the genetics department enables a certified pre-natal diagnosis, along with obstetric ultrasounds and invasive techniques for pre-natal diagnosis, such as amniocentesis.

Within the full range of this care, pregnant women can attend pre-natal appointments with our paediatricians in order to pre-plan the future newborn’s accompaniment, thereby initiating the bonding processes that will extend the emotional ties of motherhood. Mothers-to-be are offered childbirth classes, given by nurses specialised in maternal health.


During obstetric appointments, pre-natal care is the principal objective to ensure the birth of a healthy child, or children in the case of a twin pregnancy, anticipating any possible complications or occurrences during pregnancy.


Programming appointments according to the pregnancy’s risk level, as well as conducting specific diagnostic tests, is crucial. In the first trimester, the pregnant woman should have a pregnancy dating ultrasound for the early assessment of foetal chromosome changes and pre-natal screening. There is an increasing amount of non invasive pre-natal screening and diagnostic methods that should be adapted to the pregnant woman’s age and findings in the obstetric ultrasound. In the second trimester, an ultrasound is conducted to study the foetal morphology, and in the last trimester to evaluate foetal growth and wellbeing. During each trimester, blood and urine tests should be carried out according to the pre-natal care plan.


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