Firstly, congratulations on becoming a new mum! It’s an exciting time but it can also be a little daunting too. When it comes to pregnancy, it can seem like everyone you meet has an opinion on what’s best, from what you should eat to where you should deliver. With so many voices chiming in, it’s hard to cut through the noise.
Dr Farag and his expert team have been caring for new mums and delivering babies on the Central Coast for over 20 years. Dr Farag has compiled a quick check list for new mums to help you out.
- Visit your doctor
As soon as you think you are pregnant, go and see your doctor. They can confirm that you are pregnant, determine your due date and help you plan your antenatal health care program.
- Book your antenatal check-ups
You will need regular check-ups throughout your pregnancy to make sure everything is going well and is on track. Your first antenatal visit should be between 10 and 16 weeks.
- Consider screening tests
From about 11 weeks, you will be offered blood tests and ultrasound scans to check on your baby’s development. Your first ultrasound will be between 8 and 12 weeks. Dr Farag’s clinic conveniently offers ultrasound services and pathology onsite for patients.
- Book the hospital or birth centre
As soon as you know you are pregnant, discuss your birthing options with your doctor and book the hospital. Dr Farag delivers at Gosford Hospital and Gosford Private Hospital depending on your preference and situation. You can see Dr Farags hospitals here: https://www.drfarag.com.au/our-hospitals
- Quit smoking
It’s recommended to quit smoking as soon as you think you are pregnant, if you haven’t already. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of health problems for developing babies, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects. Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Loose the booze
The safest option is to avoid drinking alcohol whilst you’re pregnant and breastfeeding.
When you drink, alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta and to your unborn baby. It can affect the development of the baby’s brain, spinal cord and other organs.
- Eat well
A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but especially vital if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Healthy eating keeps you feeling good and gives your baby the essential nutrients they need in the womb. Also remember to drink plenty of water.
- Keep moving
Regular exercise is great for you and bub. There are numerous potential health benefits for women who exercise during pregnancy, including better weight control, improved mood and maintenance of fitness levels. Regular exercise during pregnancy can also decrease the risk of pregnancy-related complications such as pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia.
Before exercising when pregnant, consult your doctor, physiotherapist or healthcare professional. You may need to modify your existing exercise program or choose a suitable new one if you were exercising very little before getting pregnant. Keep active and try to take 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like walking or swimming, every day.
- Check your maternity leave entitlements
Ask your employer about your entitlements to maternity leave.
- Cut down on caffeine
Try to have less than 200 mg of caffeine a day. That’s the equivalent of about 2 espressos. Don’t forget caffeine’s in chocolate, tea, some soft and energy drinks too.
- Make a birth plan
Discuss your preferences for labour and delivery with your doctor and your partner and write out a birth plan. You can be as detailed as you want.
- Do your pelvic floor exercises
Your pelvic floor muscles can weaken under the strain of pregnancy and birth, causing bladder leakage. It is important to strengthen your pelvic floor by doing correct exercises.
- Avoid Googling your questions
Best to direct your questions straight to your Obstetrician or midwife and avoid any unnecessary worries.
Have no fear, you’ve got this!
A healthy lifestyle and pregnancy education are what ultimately help women have better pregnancies and minimise the risk for complications. Statistically, most women will have safe, uneventful pregnancies and births, but at times complications can arise. Our team is here to guide you and support you throughout your pregnancy journey.
Looking for an experienced obstetrician you can trust?
If you are looking for a caring, personalised and professional team to look after you and your bub, then look no further Dr Farag’s clinic in Gosford has you covered, contact us today on (02) 4324 1992.