Common Pregnancy Questions
1. When should I have my first visit?
2. What happens in the first visit?
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?
4. What if I have other questions or concerns along the way?
5. What medical costs can I expect throughout my pregnancy?
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?
7. Who do I contact after hours in case of an emergency?
8. What hospital do you work with?
9. Do I need to organise my hospital stay?
Please phone Maternity when coming into hospital so all is prepared for you.
10. What if you are not available?
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?
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?
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?
14. What if I am not feeling foetal movement?
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?
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?
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?
18. Should I continue to work during pregnancy?
Please feel free to discuss any work related concerns with me.
19. Is it normal for swelling to occur?
Medication is not required unless by prescription.
20. What can I do for headaches during pregnancy?
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?
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?
Your doctor or midwife may advise you to limit or avoid sex if there are signs of problems in your pregnancy.