Common Obstetrician and Pregnancy Care Questions
This visit is typically the first time you will see your baby via ultrasound scan and allows the confirmation of due dates. Today is when reality hits!
Partners are very welcome and encouraged to attend this and any visit of the pregnancy.
By providing these services on a rostered basis the group practice will deliver to you the highest quality medical care. While another doctor from our group may be involved in the delivery of your baby, they will use our management plan from consultations and I will continue the rest of your care in hospital.
If you are concerned that foetal movement is not present it is recommended to call our office or Pindara Hospital (depending on time of day).
If you choose to travel be sure to have easy access and contact details for a hospital that can provide the relevant services.
No matter what stage in the pregnancy, it is important that you not sit for extended periods of times. Our recommendation is that if you will be sitting for an extended period of time, either in an airplane or in the car, you should get up to walk every hour in an effort to decrease the risk of blood clot development. The use of support stockings and keeping well hydrated is very important
If any concerns do not hesitate to make an appointment shortly before your departure.
The type of exercise you can do during pregnancy depends on your health and how active you were before you became pregnant. This is not a good time to take up a new, hard sport. If you were active before, you can continue to be within reason.
If, for example, you play tennis, you can still play unless you have special problems or feel very tired. A good “rule of thumb” is to limit exertion to about 2/3 of what you could do before pregnancy.
You should contact our office or Pindara Maternity if your headache does not go away, returns very often, is very severe, causes blurry vision or spots in front of your eyes, or is accompanied by nausea.
Drink plenty of liquids – at least 6-8 glasses of water each day, including 1-2 glasses of fruit juice such as prune juice. Other liquids (such as coffee, tea and colas) should not be drunk. They will tend to create a dehydrating effect on your body.
Eat food high in fibre, such as raw fruits and vegetables and bran cereals.
Exercise daily – walking is a good form of exercise.
It is important to check with your health fund that you have family cover, and not just singles cover to ensure your baby is covered by health insurance while in hospital.