Pregnancy Concerns and Questions

Pregnancy concerns and questions

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

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical Conditions in Pregnancy
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

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Medical Conditions in Pregnancy
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’

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Latest Posts, Pregnancy Concerns and Questions
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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Never quit

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Pregnancy Concerns and Questions
Woman on Cliff

This article is about a patient who had a very challenging conception, pregnancy and childbirth journey. Her perseverance paid off and she now is the proud mother of a baby boy.
Every woman has her own conception, pregnancy and childbirth journey. But whether the journey is easy or hard the reward is the same. No matter how hard the going is I encourage a woman not to quit on her dream of motherhood.

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Exercise and sport in pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Pregnancy Concerns and Questions
Exercise and Sport

Exercise in pregnancy is a good idea. To be physically fit helps you cope with the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy and to prepare you for labour and birth. You can continue gym attendance and a sport you playing as long as you can cope, as long as there are no pregnancy contraindications and as long as the sporting activity is not potentially dangerous.
This blog covers the topics body changes in pregnancy that can impact exercise and activity, team sports, dangerous sports and the implications of Injury in pregnancy

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Travel insurance and pregnancy

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Pregnancy Concerns and Questions
Airplane in Flight

Travel in pregnancy has become very popular. But obtaining travel insurance to cover pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care is challenging. To not have travel insurance cover and to deliver while way could have very costly consequences.

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The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) post updated

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in Pregnancy
Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT)

I have updated information on the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) in the Questions & Answers section of my website. Since I published on this topic there have been lots of positive developments, especially recently: There are more test-provider options and more test-technique options. Genea has started doing NIPTing in Australia using (under license) an Illumina […]

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Pre-eclampsia

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Pregnancy Concerns and Questions
Newborn baby in hospital

I was in the special care nursery to visit the babies of two patients I recently delivered. Both patients needed delivery at 35 week pregnancy because of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is one of the commonest complications of pregnancy. While in most patients it is mild, it can be severe and present developments which are life-threatening for mother and/or baby.

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Early pregnancy diabetes detection

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in Pregnancy
Diabetes Monitoring

New RANZCOG diabetes screening criteria results in detection of diabetic patient in first trimester of pregnancy

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Nuchal Translucency scan got it wrong

Posted by Dr Gary Sykes on - Tests in Pregnancy
Nuchal Translucency Scan

A 29 year old patient in her second pregnancy had a Nuchal Translucency ultrasound scan (NTS) to check whether her baby has Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). The serum test maternal serum screening (PAPP-A and beta HCG levels) was also done to increase the accuracy of the testing. The testing was done when she was 12 week […]

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