When should I see a GP when pregnant?
It is useful to make an appointment in the first 1-2 weeks after your positive pregnancy test. This gives us time to do the routine pregnancy blood tests, ensure your health is at its optimum, and organise various other scans and screening tests.
Should I be doing anything different while waiting for my first medical appointment?
Please ensure that you are taking a daily supplement of folic acid (at least 400mcg) and iodine (150 mcg). This should be in all reputable pregnancy multivitamins available from your local chemist.
I also recommend you have a look at the following information from Better Health, a Victorian Government website that give tips on a healthy pregnancy. In particular, reading up about what foods to avoid, and other lifestyle changes to consider such as smoking cessation.
Does my partner need to come to this appointment?
This is completely up to you! I do feel it is lovely to have your partner involved as much as possible.
Should I book a standard or long appointment?
I prefer you book a long appointment (30 mins) as there is much to talk about and cover.
Is the current Covid-19 pandemic affecting pregnancy care?
The current Covid-19 pandemic is affecting all medical care. The good news is that evidence so far seems to suggest that pregnant women are at no more risk of illness, which is quite unlike other illnesses such as influenza.
Telehealth appointments are playing a much larger role in antenatal care, and some modifications have been made to appointment timing and tests.
This is all changing on a daily basis, please do book an appointment with me to discuss this, and any concerns you may have.
Do I need any immunisations during pregnancy?
It is recommended pregnant women receive the flu vaccine as soon as possible in a pregnancy, as pregnant women are more susceptible to complications of influenza. Evidence also strongly supports pregnant women receiving a Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccine after 20 weeks gestation, to build a strong immune response which crosses the placenta and helps to protect the baby in infancy. These vaccines are government funded and therefore free for all pregnant women.
Please book an appointment with me if you require these vaccinations.
I am pregnant and am bleeding, what do I do?
It is important to be seen by a health professional. The urgency depends on what stage of pregnancy you are, and if you are having any other symptoms.
Please see this link for more information.