When should I first visit an obstetrician?
As soon as you believe you’re pregnant, as an initial physical examination is conducted to ensure that all of your needs are met, and that you can receive immediate care. Generally, most practitioners won’t schedule a visit until around the two month mark during pregnancy, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or severe nausea and vomiting.
How often will I need to visit?
Unless specified otherwise, patients will need to visit every four weeks until approximately 28 weeks. Then closer visits will take place every two weeks until the 36th week of pregnancy, followed by weekly visits until the birth of your baby.
What if a complication occurs after hours?
Dr Neil Wallman provides 24 hours of care every day of the year, ensuring the needs of his patients are met no matter the circumstances.
What birthing options do I have available?
Dr Wallman provides a full range of delivery options including water births, caesarean sections and all options in between. Dr Wallman is also comfortable in performing VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean.
How do I know when I am in labour?
In most cases, the onset of labour is preceded by a combination of old blood and mucous. Initially it can be difficult to determine the difference between labour pains and contractions, although labour pains will get stronger and more frequent over an extended period. If you are in doubt, and are over 20 weeks into your pregnancy, it is recommended that you contact Dr Wallman to discuss your situation.
What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?
It is important to take note of when you feel nauseous, in the attempt to determine what may be causing it. It is essential that you remain hydrated at all times to decrease the onset of nausea. Other forms of nausea are often difficult to prevent, thus a form of medication may be necessary.
What costs can I expect to incur when visiting an obstetrician?
The cost of your obstetrics treatment will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your Health Fund and status of your Medicare threshold. For more information on OB Fees please see: http://www.drneilwallman.com.au/ob-fees-schedule/
Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?
Yes, unless advised otherwise. Although sexual intercourse during pregnancy may cause discomfort or be difficult to perform.
Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
Exercise remains safe during pregnancy, although it is recommended that exercise be kept to a moderate level only. This includes walking, swimming, aerobics and yoga. Running, tennis, gym and the likes may be done but only after consulting with Dr Wallman.
What medications are safe to take during pregnancy?
Generally speaking, it is recommended that all medicines and herbal remedies be avoided during pregnancy. There are a number of medications that are safe for certain conditions, although it is advised that you consult with Dr Wallman before taking these medications:
- Vitamin B6
- Canesten Cream
What supplements should I be taking whilst pregnant?
It is recommended that all women complement their diets with folate (folic acid) in the first half of their pregnancy. Other supplements are only required if your diet is deemed as inadequate. It is advised you consult with Dr Wallman before taking additional supplements.