How to Manage Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal condition that may cause: disruptions to your menstrual cycle changes to your hair & skin cysts on your ovaries PCOS affects up to 1 in 5 women & is one of the leading causes of infertility. Up to 70% of women with PCOS remain undiagnosed, so it’s […]

Endometriosis Symptoms

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue (similar to the lining of your uterus) grows outside of your uterine cavity. This is a common gynaecological condition which affects up to 10% of women. Hormonal changes (throughout your menstrual cycle) affect the misplaced tissue, causing the area to become inflamed & painful. Over time, the tissue […]

WHAT TO DO … in the third trimester!

WHAT TO DO … The third trimester of pregnancy is so exciting as you’re waiting to meet your baby, but it can also be an anxious time while you’re busy making preparations for your new arrival! Here are a few tips to stay healthy and comfortable during this time: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep […]

Early Pregnancy Safety Tips

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you are pregnant… so now what? Here are a few tips to stay safe at the beginning stages of your pregnancy: Get in touch with your GP to confirm the pregnancy. Get in touch with POGS to make your first appointment! If you smoke, now’s the time to quit. If […]

Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is a common condition, with approximately 50% of women experiencing nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Often called “morning sickness”, this can actually occur at any time of the day. Typical morning sickness symptoms include: A nauseous, queasy feeling, likened to seasickness or carsickness Strong aversions to certain smells and […]

What is the Harmony Test

The Harmony prenatal test is a DNA-based blood screening test for the most common chromosomal abnormalities, including Down syndrome. This test can be performed as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy and was developed to be a more accurate prenatal screening test, minimising the chance that further testing would be recommended due to a false-positive […]

Pregnancy Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you’re worried that you might not be feeling “normal” during your pregnancy, that isn’t surprising, especially for your first pregnancy! Here are some signs that you should be concerned about: A temperature above 38°C with no cold or flu symptoms Sudden swelling or puffiness of your hands, face or eyes. Severe & unusual headache […]

Coping With Constipation

Pregnancy hormones are the culprit behind constipation, which is a common pregnancy problem. This is due to increasing progesterone levels which cause the muscles in your bowels to relax – meaning food hangs around longer in the digestive tract. Your expanding uterus also takes up the space normally occupied by your bowel, which doesn’t help […]

What to expect at SJOG Mt Lawley

“We know there are a lot of unknowns when you are expecting. Hear first-hand from our Obstetric and Midwifery teams about what your pre-natal, birth and post-natal journey could look like at our hospital.” @sjogmtlawley This wonderful video is perfect to give you a little insight into what you can expect from St John of […]

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

For some women, symptoms of pregnancy appear in the first few weeks after conception. Most aren’t unique to pregnancy & can appear similar to pre-menstrual discomforts. As a guide however, here are some symptoms you may experience: Constipation – occurs due to an increase in progesterone which causes food to pass slowly through the intestines […]