Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now you can sit back, relax and put your feet up for the next 9 months, right? Not so fast! Attitudes and beliefs about prenatal exercise have drastically changed over the past 20 years. No longer is pregnancy viewed as a time to sit, watch TV and eat chocolate.
It’s important that you schedule your initial consultation early in your pregnancy, at six to eight weeks. At your initial consultation a full medical, surgical, pregnancy and family history for you and your partner will be discussed. Additionally, a thorough physical examination will be performed including a pelvic/baby ultrasound. The physical examination will usually include recording your height, weight, blood pressure and examine your thyroid gland, chest and in some cases legs for varicose veins.
Often my patients ask me about the risks to pregnancy from having cats as household pets. They are concerned about contracting toxoplasmosis and its effect on their unborn baby. So just how risky is it to have these furry felines around during your pregnancy?
Listeria starts with flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea and sometimes diarrhoea but the symptoms can take a few days or weeks to appear after eating contaminated food. The infection is particularly dangerous in the pregnant women.
Concerned about the effects of alcohol on your unborn baby? Consuming alcohol on a regular basis can lead to complications in pregnancy and development issues in the unborn baby. Read further about the risks associated with alcohol and pregnancy.
Gestational diabetes (GDM) is diabetes which develops during pregnancy. It is a very common condition with about 10-15% of women developing GDM during their pregnancy. GDM usually starts in the second half of the pregnancy especially, generally after 20 completed weeks. Pregnant women with GDM will have abnormally raised bloods sugars.
Antibiotics are commonly used and often prescribed in early pregnancy. They are considered safe, however a new study from the University of Montreal in Canada has identified a link between the use of some commonly used antibiotics in early pregnancy, with an increased risk of miscarriage.
The findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and will have an implications on how obstetricians and GPs determine the most suitable treatment options for women requiring antibiotics in early pregnancy.
Following the recent outbreak of the measles, a few of my pregnant patients have raised concern about the risk of harm to their unborn baby if they became infected with the disease. In this short article, I’ve outlined the risk, symptoms and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to the measles.
Epidural and spinal anaesthesia are called ‘regional anaesthesia’ or ‘regional nerve blocks’. They are used for surgery and also for pain relief in labour. Although they may appear similar, they are in fact quite different. The differences are explained below.
Vaginal seeding is a relatively new approach, with little research, to date, to support the hypothesis that the process would benefit c-section babies. As the baby's wellbeing is the first priority, I would caution expectant mothers considering vaginal seeding.