ALL the early pregnancy symptoms are detailed in this episode (we counted 25) from aversions, to tiredness to a super sensitive gag reflex. We talk about the ones that as an Obstetrician I note and the ones which are red flags and need further investigation.
Ep 6 - Bleeding in early pregnancy. What does it mean?
Bleeding and spotting an early pregnancy can be really frightening. We've got our own experience of Brigid having a big bleed when she was seven weeks pregnant and it came as such a shock and I remember feeling anxious and thinking we lost the baby and even with my expert knowledge, being really scared. This episode is about giving you the knowledge so you know what to ignore and what to have investigated and to help give you that sense of calm as you try and navigate the waters of early pregnancy.
Ep 8 - Why the position of your placenta is important
Your placenta is a frisbee shaped wonder pack. It does so many jobs as you are growing your baby. BUT in 1 in 200 pregnancies it can cover the cervix. In this episode we talk about what this all means.
An induction of labour. This is recommended listening 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.
Ep 10 - Getting the whooping cough vaccine (and what to do about visitors)
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".
Ep 11 - What are normal baby movements (and why we bang on about them so much)
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.
Ep 12 - What Contraception can you take to help protect your fertility?
It's such a truism. For many women we spend most of our fertile life trying NOT to get pregnant and then when we are ready to get pregnant, spend our time being worried about our ability to get pregnant. The constant throughout all stages of your fertile life is contraception. This episode is by popular demand and covers all the different types of contraceptions recommended at each different stage of your life.
Ep 13 - What you need to know about First Trimester Screening tests
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
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.
Ep 17 - When you are told you have Diabetes in pregnancy
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?