Trying to conceive is a common area of distress for couples. Studies suggest that one in five couples have problems getting pregnant.
One of the ways to improve your chances of getting pregnant is learning when you are most fertile.
What most don’t know is that we now have the ability to look closely at our genes, genes that are incredibly common in our population, and three genes in particular – Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X syndrome (FXS).
So, what are your chances you carry the gene? Well, pretty high.
An induction of labour. This is recommended content for every woman who is pregnant, particularly those getting close to the end of their pregnancy. Inductions AREN'T rare and can represent a challenge for some women who feel blindsided by the significant change of plans. We cover why you may need an induction, what the different types of induction are, the benefits and risks of induction and the practicalities of what happens the day(s) of your induction. They also explore some common fears about induction aimed at helping to bring calm back to this stage of your pregnancy.
What to do about visitors to your newborn baby? Firstly, feel confident to stand by YOUR rules. We think one of those rules could be "all visitors to have a whooping cough vaccine before visiting the baby"
Baby movements is your baby’s way of telling you all is well. A healthy baby should move. Imagine if you were really sick, you would still move around the bed and get up several times a day to go the toilet. If you lay in bed for many hours, not moving at all, you would probably be dreadfully ill. A baby that’s doing nothing is not normal.
First trimester screening is a test for genetic abnormality and is commonly called the Down Syndrome screen.The types of test, the accuracy, the costs and the ability to give you a definitive answer about genetic abnormality is really not well understood by patients…and sometimes care providers.
This is one of those tests that can feel a bit icky and remind you that yep, the process of growing a baby is at times, undignified. So why do we need it?
GBS stands for Group B streptococcus and it is a bacteria that is normal to have in the vagina. About 20 percent of women will have GBS most of the time and it’s completely harmless, until it’s not.
Having a baby in the breech position presents its own set of challenges. A baby from 20 – 30 weeks moves around tonnes and that is expected and wanted, a healthy baby moves. If the baby is still ‘head up’ at 35 weeks we will need a plan for your baby’s birth.
What can you say no to during pregnancy and birth? Well, you can literally say NO to everything.
Ethically a health care provider can’t force a woman to accept any sort of treatment, even if they strongly believe their treatment plan is in the best interests of the mother and/or her baby.
Pregnancy in diabetes, or gestational diabetes, is really common. Up to about 12-14 percent of all pregnancies. There are certain women that are more at risk of developing gestational diabetes but in fact, everybody is at risk. This can be hard because you might think – I am young, healthy and without symptoms so what am I doing with diabetes?
We all know caesarean birth is not rare – it seems as though many of our friends have had Caesarean sections, our neighbour, maybe our sisters too BUT most of pre-birth information spends very little time on teaching us about Caesarean sections.
For some women, a Caesarean section is a mystery right up until it becomes their reality. This is where we hear, “if only someone had told me”.
We don’t usually learn about recovering from a Caesarean section until we are IN recovery. That’s not what we recommend. This can leave you blindsided, confused and disheartened. If you listened to our last ep, you’d know that caesarean section is not rare SO good birth prep means we need to include recovery from Caesarean section right?
Two heart beats. Everyone has questions about twins. Fraternal, identical, same placenta, double ovulation, why twins seem more common? We are fascinated by how twins occur, how they grow in utero, how they are born.
This is a long list of ALL of the symptoms in LATE pregnancy. Ok, not all. It is already the longest episode we have ever recorded. But if you’ve been wondering if you should worry about the itch on your belly or your swollen ankles or what you can do about not sleeping at night then you need to listen to this podcast.
So pre-eclampsia is not rare. About 7% of all pregnancies are affected by pre-eclampsia. Sometimes it just needs to be monitored, sometimes it can rapidly deteriorate and the treatment for you and your baby becomes a decision about whether your baby is better off ‘out than in’.
PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is not simply a disease of the ovaries. The ovaries are one part of this complex hormonal syndrome which CAN include symptoms such as excess body hair, increased weight, acne and insulin resistance. Or for some women, no symptoms. Until they try and get pregnant.
This is a tough subject. It is a common fear women have as they get closer to the birth of their baby. Will they bleed? Well, yes everybody has blood loss during childbirth but normal blood loss is not what everyone is worried about. It is the post partum haemorrhage.
1 in 5 pregnancies will end in a miscarriage but even as common as this is, it's not an easy topic to talk about it. This episode may be hard for some (or all) to hear. Please make sure you have your supports in place if you choose to listen. And we hope everyone listens.
We don't hear about assisted delivery as an intervention as commonly as we hear about Caesarean birth. BUT more than a third of mamas having their first baby will have their baby born with help from forceps or the vacuum. Seems like something we should know about right?
This episode comes from a listener's request where she felt lost after being diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy at an early 6 week dating scan.
And we see this happen. Suddenly you are in the system as you start your medical treatment. All while you are also trying to cope with the grief of your miscarriage.
By 45 years old everyone would have little fibroids in their uterus and it can come with its own set of issues like heavy bleeding. In your pregnancy years it is less common but if you are diagnosed with fibroids there are certain issues to consider for conception, pregnancy and birth.
VBAC or vaginal birth after Caesarean is possible for lots of women. There are a few ‘rules’ to help get you to your goal of a vaginal birth after having a Caesarean but the primary driver is…you have to want it.