Common Pregnancy Questions
1. When should I have my first visit?
Your GP will recommend the most suitable timing, but it is best that you see an obstetrician as early as possible, depending on your personal circumstances.
2. What happens in the first visit?
I always encourage and welcome partners to attend as many consultations as possible.
With the assistance of my highly experienced staff, we will review a complete medical history including previous pregnancies. We will conduct an ultrasound scan to confirm due dates, and this is often the first time you will see your baby.
Some important routine blood tests will be performed, including rubella immunity and blood group.
3. How often will I need to see you?
We will have monthly consultations up to 28 weeks, although every case is obviously treated differently, and there may be some slight variation to this. After this stage, we will move to fortnightly visits up to 36 weeks, and weekly after that until the birth.
4. What if I have other questions or concerns along the way?
Always feel free to contact the clinic with any questions or concerns you may have. We have experienced staff here that will be more than happy to help with any query you may have.
5. What medical costs can I expect throughout my pregnancy?
Your Obstetric costs will differ depending on a variety of factors, such as your Health Fund and status of your Medicare Safety Net / threshold.
A full schedule of our Obstetric costs will be provided at your first visit. Other costs, in addition to Obstetrics, include items such as Pathology (blood tests), Radiology (scans), Paediatrician, Nurture Co (Antenatal Classes) and Anaesthetics.
Costs for these can be obtained from each of the respective service providers you choose.
Medicare billing will be requested for all available services.
6. What should I do about Antenatal Classes?
We encourage this and recommend Nurture Co. for antenatal classes, postnatal care and breastfeeding support. Please visit www.nurtureco.com.au to book your classes online.
7. Who do I contact after hours in case of an emergency?
After hours and on weekends, please phone Pindara Hospital on (07) 5588 9888 and ask to be transferred to Maternity for around the clock midwife advice.
8. What hospital do you work with?
I work exclusively within the Pindara maternity unit for all birthing services.
9. Do I need to organise my hospital stay?
Please book in to Pindara Hospital online at approximately 14-16 weeks (www.pindaraprivate.com.au). This is important so that when you present to the hospital we are able to solely concentrate on the birthing process.
Please phone Maternity when coming into hospital so all is prepared for you.
10. What if you are not available?
While I will be the person responsible for your care in pregnancy, to provide the optimum service, I belong to a group of obstetricians. One of us each day is responsible solely for delivery suite management and emergencies. 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.
11. How do I know if I am in labor?
It is recommended to time your contraction pains.
At any time you are concerned after 20 weeks it is recommended to notify Pindara maternity on (07) 5588 9888 if contractions become regular or if there is any bleeding or possible leakage of fluid.
During office hours do not hesitate to phone my office on (07) 5564 6017 for advice.
12. What if I notice bleeding?
Your obstetrician should evaluate any bleeding in pregnancy. Usually an ultrasound will rule out miscarriage if bleeding occurs before 20 weeks. Abnormalities of the placenta can result in bleeding and should be evaluated after 20 weeks.
If you experience bleeding call you obstetrician, avoid intercourse, and limit physical exertion until the cause can be determined. If bleeding is moderate after 20 weeks phone pindara maternity
13. Can I have dental work done during pregnancy?
Yes. It is important to advise your dentist that you are pregnant.
14. What if I am not feeling foetal movement?
Most women recognize movement from 16+ weeks.
If you are concerned that foetal movement is not present after 32 week, it is recommended to call me or Pindara Hospital (depending on time of day).
15. Can I travel during pregnancy?
Travel throughout most of the pregnancy, is likely to be safe, up until 34 weeks.
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 you have any concerns do not hesitate to make an appointment shortly before your departure.
16. What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?
Keep track of when you feel nausea and what causes it.
It is very important to keep hydrated with an oral fluid intake even if you are not eating solids. Some hints include ginger tablets, sports drinks and acupuncture. In some cases when no fluids are taken in you may have to go to Pindara Accident and Emergency for oral and IV medications.
Most nausea improves at approximately 14 weeks
17. Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
The type of exercise you can do during pregnancy depends on your health and how active you were before you became pregnant. You can usually continue up to 80% of usual activity, including low impact exercise, such as yoga, Pilates, walking and swimming.
18. Should I continue to work during pregnancy?
A healthy woman with no complications in her pregnancy can typically keep working until the end of her pregnancy.
Please feel free to discuss any work related concerns with me.
19. Is it normal for swelling to occur?
Yes, and it occurs most often in the legs. Elevating the legs usually makes the swelling less by the next morning. Swelling can begin during the last few months of pregnancy, and it may occur more often in the summer.
Medication is not required unless by prescription.
20. What can I do for headaches during pregnancy?
It is important to discuss with me which medications you can use for the headache.
Paracetamol (up to 4g per day) has no complications with pregnancy but check with our office prior to having any other medications
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.
21. What can I do to relieve constipation?
a) 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.
b) Eat food high in fiber, such as raw fruits and vegetables and bran cereals.
c) Exercise daily – walking is a good form of exercise.
22. Is it safe to continue to have sexual intercourse during pregnancy?
For a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy, intercourse is safe into the last weeks of pregnancy
Your doctor or midwife may advise you to limit or avoid sex if there are signs of problems in your pregnancy.