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If you’re pregnant and been itching for an overseas holiday, you might be thinking of taking advantage of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble. But what do you need to know first about flying in pregnancy? Flying in pregnancy is very common these days, and the topic comes up a lot with my patients ...
There are a lot of misconceptions around caesarean sections. Probably the biggest one is when you can drive after having one. The great myth about caesars is that you can’t drive for six weeks after having one. I’m here to tell you today, that is absolutely nonsense.When can you drive after ...
Today I want to talk to you about a topic that’s really important in pregnancy and that quite frankly, I’m shocked to find that very commonly women don’t do this when they’re trying to fall pregnant, that is, take folate. Simple really.Folate supplementation is essential. Folate is vitamin ...
Today I want to talk to you about something that is incredibly common in pregnancy and is absolutely rotten. It affects pregnant women all the time, in fact I would go as far as to say that every pregnancy a woman will get this condition at least once. What am I talking about? Gastro. More ...
If you haven’t had a cramp in pregnancy or been woken up terrified by your partner having one, chances are there’s been no pregnancy.Leg cramps are really common in pregnancy and typically occur in the back half of pregnancy. The exact cause of them is unknown but they think it’s due to a ...
Ice. Sand. Dirt. Bark. Chalk. What about them? Well, would you believe, they are all things you might like to eat if you were suffering from the weird phenomenon of Pica. What’s Pica? Pica is the craving of non-food items that have absolutely no nutritional benefit. The word Pica comes from ...
Coffee. I love it and I know so many of you do too. How do I know? Well, I get asked one question more than anything other question, “Do I need to quit drinking coffee when I’m pregnant or when I’m trying to fall pregnant?”. Well, the answer is “NO”! Quit drinking coffee? Who’d get ...
Today I want to talk to you about sleeping positions in pregnancy. The phrase I want you to remember is, “Sleep on your side, while the baby’s inside”. Evidence shows that sleeping on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy onwards, reduces your risk of stillbirth by about 50%. It doesn’t ...
Today I want to talk about something that is really hard to talk about, and something that we, as a profession, as Obstetricians, and we as a society, don’t’ talk about enough and one of the reasons for that is that because it’s so damned painful and hard. It’s hard to wrap your head ...
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