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The challenges of a having large unborn baby

The challenges of a having large unborn baby

Jennifer (not real name) booked with me for management of her first pregnancy. She and her husband are a delightful couple, and they were very excited about having a baby. Jennifer was planning to have vaginal delivery. Her baby measured about 1 week larger than her...

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Contraception after Pregnancy

Contraception after Pregnancy

When do I need contraception after I have had my baby? Breastfeeding will give some protection, especially while you are fully breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should not be relied on exclusively, as unplanned pregnancies do occur while breastfeeding and even before your...

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How long should I wait before having another baby?

How long should I wait before having another baby?

Patients ask me at their postnatal visits, from time to time: ”How long should I wait before having another baby?” While there are no set rules, there are considerations that you should think about before trying again. My personal opinion is that about 18 to 24 months...

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Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?

Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?

Newly pregnancy multiparous patients sometimes ask me: "Can I still breastfeed while I am pregnant?” For many women breastfeeding gives them great joy, as well as being a healthy source of nutrition for their infant. The simple answer is: “Yes.” A women can continue...

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Experience is important

Experience is important

I recently met a newly appointed young obstetrician at the hospital. I asked her how she was going. She replied: “It is frightening”. She had finished her training four years earlier and now she was having to do things without the umbrella of the training programme...

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Changed attitude to newborn male circumcision

Changed attitude to newborn male circumcision

When I started my obstetric training in most boy babies were circumcised. While some circumcisions were done because of religious reasons, most were done because it was considered medically to be good idea. It was considered there was less risk of women developing...

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Holiday

Holiday

I will be on holidays with my wife on an Antarctica Cruises from tomorrow, 21st February, until Monday 18th March. I have an excellent obstetrician colleague covering if needed. The office is open while I am away. My secretaries Kylee and Lauren will be available to...

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Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

Whooping Cough and Pregnancy

Whooping Cough and Pregnancy Pertussis (whooping cough) is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. There is no evidence that if you develop whooping cough in pregnancy your baby will be harmed while it is inside you. The risk to your baby has to do with once...

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Headaches in pregnancy

Headaches in pregnancy

Contents What can be done about Headaches During Pregnancy? Headaches during pregnancy can occur the same in pregnant women as they can at any other time, with the causes being the same as would be the case as if you were not pregnant. These usual headache triggers...

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My daughter Mandy

My daughter Mandy

My daughter Mandy Witt is a therapist. I have given her use of an office in my rooms to see clients. Her business is called Mandy Witt Therapy. Information is at  https://mandywitt.com. So, if you see someone you don’t know working in my rooms or non-pregnant people...

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Miscarriage

Miscarriage

What is a miscarriage? Miscarriage which is also called spontaneous abortion is defined as the loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks of gestation. In the first third of pregnancy, a miscarriage is called a first-trimester miscarriage. A miscarriage that occurs in the...

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Dad During The Pregnancy – What Is Your Role?

Dad During The Pregnancy – What Is Your Role?

What is my role in the pregnancy? You are a very important person! During pregnancy the mother of your baby is likely to be more tired, uncomfortable and emotional than usual. You can give her the extra support, attention, understanding, encouragement and love that...

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Travel in Pregnancy

Travel in Pregnancy

When is it good to travel? The best time to travel is when you are between 20th to 32nd weeks of your pregnancy. At this time of your pregnancy, you should out the other end of all the initial pregnancy concerns with miscarriage, nausea, etc and have completed all the...

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How do I stay healthy during my pregnancy?

How do I stay healthy during my pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting time when you have new life (your baby) developing and growing in your uterus. I am regularly asked “what can I do?”, “what can’t I do?”, “what can I eat?”, “what can’t I eat?” etc. A mother-to-be wants to look after her precious cargo in her...

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Can I exercise in pregnancy?

Can I exercise in pregnancy?

Exercise and Activity Walking is an excellent idea. As well, antenatal exercise classes are available through the hospital and privately. You can inquire about the hospital classes when you book. See also in link section exercise in pregnancy. Working Normally I am...

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Having A Healthy Diet In Pregnancy

Having A Healthy Diet In Pregnancy

A healthy diet It is very important to endeavour to be in optimal nutritional health before you conceive and in pregnancy. When you are pregnant you are feeding two not one! Because of chemical additives in the food you buy in the supermarket, etc. it is very had to...

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No Gap private pregnancy care

No Gap private pregnancy care

My previous blog “The cost-of-living crisis is prompting many women to defer having a baby.” has prompted comments and discussion about how women are deferring pregnancies because of current cost of living pressures. That is very sad. When it is on woman’s heart to...

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Rectal bleeding after pregnancy

Rectal bleeding after pregnancy

I have bleeding from my rectum. Is that ok? This is not an infrequent question at the 6-week postnatal visit It is usually due to an anal fissure. An anal fissure results from tearing the anal mucosa with passage of hard large stools. What can be done about it? You...

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