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When Less is Better than More

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Delivery

It was Louise’s second pregnancy. In her first pregnancy she went into spontaneous labour at 40 weeks and 6 days. She had a spontaneous vaginal delivery of a baby girl weighing 3662gms. This second pregnancy was progressing well except her baby started measuring large for dates in the third trimester. At 38 weeks and 4 […]

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“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical conditions in pregnancy

Bronwyn presented at 10 weeks pregnancy for management of her second ongoing pregnancy. Her first ongoing pregnancy had been complicated by preeclampsia (requiring medication to control her blood pressure) and intrauterine foetal growth retardation. She had a successful outcome of a little girl at 38 weeks with a birth weight of 2494gms. This pregnancy progressed […]

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Caesarean section delivery needed in second stage labour

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Delivery

The first time I met Fozia was at 12 weeks gestation in her second pregnancy. She told me she delivered her first baby in 2006. She told me she went into spontaneous labour at 40 weeks gestation and after a 17-hr labour had a spontaneous vaginal delivery of a girl baby who weighed 3.05Kg. She […]

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What is an obstetrician’s role during a pregnancy and birth?

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Obstetrics

I was recently asked the question: “What is an obstetrician’s role during pregnancy and childbirth?” Before answering that question, I should mention what an obstetrician is. This topic is covered in my website article ‘What is an obstetrician?’ An obstetrician is a specialist medical doctor. An obstetrician is a doctor who has had successfully undertaken, […]

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Checklist for when baby is almost due

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy

I am asked from time to time in advanced pregnancy: “Baby is almost due – what do I need to do?” Pack Your Bag. By about 36 weeks pregnancy have your hospital bags packed. Make a written note of last minute items you will need to add. It is better if you should have separate […]

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Pregnancy care checklist

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy

Pregnancy care checklist We are often asked about ‘what happens when’ with pregnancy care. With that question on mind I have put together the table below as a guide. Mouse over links to relevant web site articles are:  1 Routine pregnancy tests 2 NIPT screening 3 Baby’s morphology ultrasound scan 4 Pregnancy care management fee paid 5  Routine pregnancy […]

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Vasa Praevia – An uncommon potentially fatal condition with an excellent outcome

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy complications

Ashley saw me for her first antenatal visit for her first pregnancy at 9 weeks pregnancy. Her pregnancy progressed well until the routine morphology ultrasound scan at 19 weeks when vasa praevia was suspected. The placenta was found on ultrasound scan to be on the anterior uterus wall and was not low lying. The umbilical […]

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Checklist for when deciding to have a baby

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, General
Checklist

I am asked from time to time: “How can I prepare to have a baby?” So, I have put this checklist together which covers the points that are relevant before you start trying. Health fund. Make sure you have appropriate health fund cover that covers you for confinement in private hospital. Usually there is a waiting […]

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IVF twins, possible weak cervix, severe maternal heart racing sometimes to over 230 beats per minute

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy complications

Sam saw me recently for her postnatal visit. She had had an extremely eventful pregnancy with an excellent outcome. Sam had two earlier pregnancies with me as her obstetrician. The first delivery was by Caesarean section because of lack of progress in labour. The second delivery was by Caesarean section because of breech presentation and […]

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Fantastic outcome despite a rare pregnancy complication and three previous pregnancy losses

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy complications
Adrianna

Adriana saw me with her husband for a pre-pregnancy consultation. She saw me for second opinion. She wanted to discuss her obstetric history and my thoughts as to what could be done so she had a good pregnancy outcome next time. She had a history of three unsuccessful pregnancies and no successful pregnancies. She had […]

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