Baby Movement During Pregnancy

It’s a wonderful feeling when you start to feel movement as your baby develops in your womb. You might start to feel your baby moving around the 18-week mark of your pregnancy. If this is your first pregnancy, it might not happen until about 20 weeks, or from your second pregnancy, as early as 16 weeks! The […]

Group B Streptococcus (group B strep, GBS) in Pregnancy

Group B Streptococcus (group B strep, GBS) is a bacteria that comes and goes from our bodies – often found in the reproductive tracts. GBS is NOT an infection, it is normal part of vaginal flora (bacteria that lives inside the vagina) and is not transmitted to partners. Most people who have it don’t even […]

How to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles

  There are so many benefits to strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, whether you are planning to have a baby, given birth already or are currently pregnant. The pelvic muscles are layers of muscle that support the bladder, bowel & uterus, stretching from the pubic bone to the end of the backbone. When your pelvic […]

Folate In Pregnancy

Folate is a vitamin that our bodies need to make DNA, form red blood cells and grow & repair cells and tissue. It’s important that women get enough folate during pregnancy as in a developing baby, folate is needed for growth and the formation of the ‘neural tube’ – a layer of cells that goes […]

What Is The NIPT Test?

The ‘Non Invasive Prenatal Testing’ or NIPT is a screening test similar to the first trimester blood test ultrasound that measures the nuchal translucency thickness. These tests give parents a risk estimate; from that, you must then decide whether you want to proceed with a risky invasive procedure such as amniocentesis, a test which samples […]

Ultrasounds In Pregnancy

There is a lot of talk about the safety of ultrasounds during pregnancy and many baby forums provide information that is often untrue and can be misleading for pregnant women. Are scans safe? Ultrasound scans have been used in pregnancy for decades, and there’s no evidence that they are harmful, if used according to the […]

Dealing With Summer While Pregnant

Summer in Perth means dealing with 30-40 degree days, which can be uncomfortable while pregnant! Here are some tips to help you during the hot months: Drink water regularly, sips all the time ensure you remain hydrated! Rest – and enjoy resting.This is a time when you should take time out and put your feet […]

Iron In Pregnancy

Your body makes more blood when you are pregnant because you and your baby are growing. It needs iron to make healthy blood. A blood test that looks at haemoglobin (Hb) levels is done during your pregnancy to tell if there is enough iron in your blood. Your doctor may also check your ferritin level. […]

Vitamin D & Pregnancy

Did you know that Vitamin D is extremely important for the development of your unborn baby? Your body needs vitamin D to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorus, which help build your baby’s bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, so how much vitamin D do you need? Vitamin D dosage […]

Vaccinations

Pregnancy is a time when you need to take extra care of yourself to ensure you and your baby remain healthy. This includes checking that your vaccinations are up to date to ensure you have the best protection against common infectious diseases. This is a general guide to immunisations for women who are pregnant or […]