Pregnancy concerns and questions

Pregnancy concerns and questions

Severe diabetes and pregnancy

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Desiree saw me initially for management of her first pregnancy in 2015. She had been an insulin dependent diabetic since she was five years old and was requiring 30 units of insulin per day when I saw her for her first antenatal visit. She also had a history of hypertension since 2011, though was not […]

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A sudden turn of events

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Location of Veins in Leg

A patient booked with me for management of her 4th pregnancy management. The pregnancy progressed well until 38 weeks and 3 days gestation. That evening she became aware of painful vein swelling in her left thigh. Her GP arranged a doppler ultrasound scan the next morning. The ultrasound scan found there was extensive thrombus (blood […]

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Do I look ok?

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Change of Appearance During Pregnancy

Physical appearance is an important matter to many women and being pregnant can cause major concern because of the associated changes in body shape. There are some pregnant women who enjoy the physical appearance changes that come with being pregnant, while others struggle with it and want to get their old body shape back. Common comments […]

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Differences between Braxton Hicks and Labour Contractions

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Difference between Braxton Hicks and Labour Contractions

Braxton Hicks contractions are named after the English doctor John Braxton Hicks who first described them in 1872. He reported many women felt contractions without being near confinement. He said this process was usually painless, but caused women confusion as to whether they were going into actual labour. Braxton Hicks contractions are usually due to […]

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When do I need my diabetes check in pregnancy?

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pregnancy

I am often asked early in the pregnancy about when to have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) screening, with the patient under the impression that is should be done as soon as possible. This is not the case. GDM screening is usually done at 26 to 28 weeks pregnancy. Sometimes, because of indications that a pregnant […]

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“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

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itchy hands

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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Breast cancer in pregnancy

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Survivors of Breast Cancer

It was Monday afternoon last week. Rebecca attended with her husband Russell for her antenatal visit at 38 weeks 6 days gestation. She had had a right breast biopsy the previous Thursday and was anxious to find out the result. The result had just come through. I had to tell her the very sad news that […]

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“I have been having hypo’s more often.”

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Dr Sykes holding a Baby

Sherree saw me for management of her first pregnancy. She had been a diabetic for five years before her pregnancy. Before her first visit with me, she had an appointment with her endocrinologist. Prior to being pregnant, he had managed her diabetes with oral medications – Metformin and Diamicron. Now that she was pregnant he […]

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Never quit

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Dr Sykes with Patient

This is an amazing and wonderful story of a fabulous couple who after 15 years of trying to have to baby and despite a very challenging high-risk pregnancy because of severe preeclampsia have been blessed with was a beautiful baby boy. Irene and her husband married in 2001. She was 30 years old. They started […]

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Please don’t ‘Dr Google’

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Baby Holding iPad

An anxious patient contacted me on Thursday evening. She had a pregnancy related discomfort and decided to search on Google for the reason. She became concerned about what she read. She came to the conclusion from what she read that she had a particular serious pregnancy complication.

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