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 […]

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes (sometimes referred to as GDM) is diagnosed when higher than normal blood glucose levels first appear during pregnancy. From 3 to 8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes around the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy, however, some may be earlier. While maternal blood glucose levels usually return to normal after the […]

Healthy Eating Ideas While You’re Pregnant

Now that you’re a mum-to-be, it’s important to eat well. This will ensure you get all the nutrients you and your developing baby need. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend you enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods every day from these food groups: • Vegetables of different types and colours and legumes (such as chick […]

Coffee & Pregnancy

There’s a lot of talk about whether you need to give up your daily cup of coffee when pregnant. You may be happy to hear that you don’t have to give up caffeine – BUT – you may want to cut down.If you have too much caffeine, there is a chance your baby could have […]