Should I see a GP before trying to get pregnant?
It is recommended to have a GP appointment before pregnancy. This is an opportunity to ensure that your health is optimal before conceiving. It is also important to discuss dietary supplements, to organise a blood test to check health parameters, to assess if you require any booster vaccinations and discuss the option of genetic testing.
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. Your first 1-2 appointments are an opportunity to organise routine pregnancy blood tests, ensure your health is at its optimum, and coordinate various other scans and screening tests and discuss referral to your chosen maternity service or obstetrician.
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.
It is also recommended 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?
Dr Miranda likes to meet your partner and have them involved as much as possible, but it is completely up to you if you want to bring them along!
Should I book a standard or long appointment?
A long appointment (30 mins) is preferred, as there is much to discuss and organise.
Is the current Covid-19 pandemic affecting pregnancy care?
The current Covid-19 pandemic is affecting all medical care.
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 depending on the current Covid-19 numbers and level of risk in the community. Please book an appointment if you would like to discuss this more, or to address 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 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.