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Never quit

Never quit

Catherine saw me at nine weeks gestation for management of her fifth pregnancy. Her first three pregnancies had been unsuccessful. I had not known her then. She saw me for the first time for management of her fourth pregnancy, which was successful. She told me in her...

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Coronavirus and pregnancy

Coronavirus and pregnancy

Is a pregnant woman more at risk of being infected with coronavirus? In pregnancy a woman’s body has immunologic and physiologic changes which might make her more susceptible to viral respiratory infections. This logically would include coronavirus (COVID-19). But...

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Was the cervical suture necessary?

Was the cervical suture necessary?

Stephanie’s first antenatal visit with me was at 7 weeks and 6 days gestation. It was her second pregnancy, but first ongoing pregnancy. She had had a miscarriage in 2016. She advised me she had had a cervical LLETZ operation and two cone biopsies for management of...

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I want an iron infusion

I want an iron infusion

It is becoming more popular for pregnant women to request an iron infusion because of tiredness in pregnancy. The iron infusion will only benefit if there is an iron deficiency, which can be checked by a blood test. Most tiredness in pregnancy is not due to iron...

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Trust

Trust

I was listening to a radio journalist in the car on the way home from the hospital. He said that he and his wife were very nervous with her first labour and childbirth experience as they didn’t really know what was going to happen. He said they were ‘way out of their...

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I want to be a mummy

I want to be a mummy

Many patients have told me they started thinking about what it will be like to be a mummy when they were young girls cuddling dolls and pretending their dolls were real babies. Becoming a mother has a very special place in a woman’s heart and for so many women is the...

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Urinary incontinence and pregnancy

Urinary incontinence and pregnancy

Urinary incontinence is a common and distressing pregnancy and postpartum problem. It is usually urinary stress incontinence. Stress incontinence happens when the bladder sphincter muscle does not function well enough to hold in urine in the bladder. Recently I was...

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Severe diabetes and pregnancy

Severe diabetes and pregnancy

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...

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Was it cervical incompetence?

Was it cervical incompetence?

Trish saw me with her husband for the management of her second pregnancy. Sadly, her first pregnancy ended at 20 weeks gestation (pregnancy). She said she had spontaneous rupture of membranes and light contractions before delivering a stillborn little girl. I had not...

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Preeclampsia presenting as liver pain and tenderness

Preeclampsia presenting as liver pain and tenderness

Carolyn had an uncomplicated first pregnancy until she was 35 weeks 6 days gestation (pregnancy). She phoned the Birth Unit as she had pain in her right upper abdomen.  She was asked to come in to be assessed. I attended to see her. She was slightly tender in the...

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A sudden turn of events

A sudden turn of events

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...

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When do I need my diabetes check in pregnancy?

When do I need my diabetes check in 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....

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“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

“I have itchy hands and itchy feet”

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...

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Reduced growth of baby with good pregnancy outcome

Reduced growth of baby with good pregnancy outcome

Hannah saw me for management of her first ongoing pregnancy. She had two miscarriages in the past. There was no relevant history except she was hypothyroid and was taking thyroxine. The pregnancy started well. The first visit with me was at 10 weeks and there were no...

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Challenging pregnancy with a good outcome

Challenging pregnancy with a good outcome

I was very excited to see a wonderful patient for the first antenatal visit of her second pregnancy. Sadly, her first pregnancy had not worked out as she had a mid-trimester loss. She has been diabetic since as she was five years old. She has an insulin pump and is...

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Breast cancer in pregnancy

Breast cancer in pregnancy

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...

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

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

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...

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Please don’t ‘Dr Google’

Please don’t ‘Dr Google’

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 particularly serious...

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Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia

I was in the special care nursery to visit the babies of two patients I recently delivered. Both patients needed delivery at 35-weeks pregnancy because of pre-eclampsia. Pre-eclampsia is one of the commonest complications of pregnancy. While in most patients it is...

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From despair to excitement

From despair to excitement

Last week was a very busy week. Wonderful patients had successful pregnancy outcomes of beautiful babies. I saw lots of antenatal patients for mid-pregnancy routine checks. I saw patients for their first pregnancy visit who were both excited and nervous. I saw...

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Miscarriage – Karyotype checking

Miscarriage – Karyotype checking

I saw a couple today for follow up after her third miscarriage. I met her for the first time for her first antenatal visit of this most recent pregnancy. She was nine weeks pregnant by dates at the time of her first antenatal visit. She was well and excited. All was...

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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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Iodine and Pregnancy

Iodine and Pregnancy

Iodine deficiency has become more common in the community. It is thought due to most households (more than 80 per cent) not using iodised edible salt and also the food industry rarely uses iodised salt. As well in the dairy industry iodine-containing sanitisers...

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Supplements

Supplements

There is increasing concern about the quality of most people's diet. Healthy eating today is much more difficult than in the past because of modern farming and food preparation procedures. This even has had an impact on the nutritional value of fresh fruit and...

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Medicines

Medicines

Any medicine is to be avoided unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have any queries please ask your general practitioner or me. As a general rule medical preparations that you can buy 'over the counter' (not on prescription) in a pharmacy or supermarket are safe...

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Exercise and Activity

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 not concerned about...

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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 stop getting stretch marks?

Can I stop getting stretch marks?

Stretch marks are due to tearing of the deeper (dermis) layer of the skin. Usually stretch marks appear as angry red lines While common in pregnancy, not every pregnant woman gets them. As well they can occur at other times when not pregnant such as with rapid growth...

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Can I stop the swelling of my hands and feet?

Can I stop the swelling of my hands and feet?

Swelling of hands and feet is common in pregnancy. Swelling is due to pregnancy hormones resulting in fluid retention in the body. It usually occurs in the feet/ankles and hands/wrists. It can also be noticed in the vulval area, in the face and in the general body....

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How might osteoporosis affect pregnancy?

How might osteoporosis affect pregnancy?

In osteoporosis there is reduced bone mineral density which predisposes to increased risk of bone fracture. Osteoporosis leading to fracture can occur during pregnancy, though it is very uncommon. There is likely to be a background condition such as such as coeliac...

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Sciatica pain in pregnancy

Sciatica pain in pregnancy

Sciatica pain is due to compression sciatic nerve In pregnancy this can be caused by the pressure of the gravid uterus and in advanced pregnancy of the baby on the sciatic nerve. I once had a gynaecology patient who had severe sciatica and a large fibroid uterus...

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Can pregnancy increase the risk of breast cancer?

Can pregnancy increase the risk of breast cancer?

Pregnancy is the most significant modifiable factor known for breast cancer risk in women. Although an initial increase in risk occurs immediately after parturition in women older than 25 years, the overall lifetime risk of breast cancer decreases after pregnancy. The...

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Folate and folic acid – What’s the difference?

Folate and folic acid – What’s the difference?

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that is found naturally in a variety of foods. Excellent food sources of folate include asparagus, bran flakes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chickpeas, dried beans, lentils and spinach. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that...

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Drinking Water

Drinking Water

It is recommended you drink 1- 2 litres of good quality water per day during pregnancy. While there are filtration and chemical treatment of tap water, there is an increasing concern in the community about its quality. There is no guarantee of the quality of water in...

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Do I need to see the dentist?

Do I need to see the dentist?

Yes. It is a good idea to get a dental checkup now you are pregnant unless you have had one recently. Pregnant women are more at risk. Pregnancy hormone results in increased blood flow in the mucous membranes, including around the teeth. This can result in bleeding...

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