Expert advice for pregnancy and beyond

Western Radiology

Are you a soon-to-be mama? By now, your head is probably full of rules on what to do and what not to do when you’re pregnant. Whether they come from books or magazines, your health care provider or your friends and family, all the advice can be hard to swallow.

We asked One for Women Medical Director Dr Stuart Prosser to give us his top tips for your pregnancy journey, and how to better manage times that can become overwhelming.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

Talk to your partner, it’s important you are working towards the same goal.

“Talk about how you are feeling, make sure you are both in same page, and importantly, work together,” Dr Prosser said.

FIND YOUR JOY

Do something that makes you happy, regularly.

“Ask yourself, ‘what has traditionally given you happiness’, and try to make sure you do that daily,” Dr Prosser said.

It can be as simple as reading, taking a bath or catching up with your friends.

DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Each pregnancy is unique to the next, so enjoy your incredibly individual experience without preconceived ideas of what it’s supposed to look and feel like.

EMBRACE YOURSELF

Eat healthy, exercise regularly and listen to your body.

“Embrace your changing body,” Dr Prosser said.

Being active during your pregnancy is great for you and your baby, it’s important for a healthy pregnancy and it comes with many physical and mental benefits.

Even small things can make a difference.

LESS IS MORE

Stress less and just think about the basics, you do not need everything for your baby.

“You’ll need a way to get your baby home, somewhere for them to sleep and some clothes,” Dr Prosser said.

PREPARATION IS KEY

Do a class; being prepared is very important.

ULTRASOUND

While scans are traditionally used at 13 and 20 weeks to check the anatomy of the baby, they are increasingly being used to check in the growth and well-being of babies throughout pregnancy.

“I routinely check the growth of all babies at 28 and 36 weeks,” Dr Prosser said.

“As patients get to and beyond their due date, we use ultrasound to check on the fluid around the baby and baby movements as a marker of whether we can let pregnancy go further or if we need to intervene.”

POST BIRTH PLANNING

Don’t forget preparing for the ‘what happens next’ is just as important as focusing on the birth.

What is your plan and how do you want to parent?

“Many couples have never asked each other how they want to parent, for example, how do they might want to respond if their baby cries,” Mr Prosser said.

This also includes tasks that need to be done to keep the house functioning, allocation for them, and who your emergency support crew could be.

“Finally, I talk about recovery after childbirth, both mental and physical recovery,” Dr Prosser said.

“We identify risk factors and put in place plans.

“The result is a comprehensive plan to allow patients to not only survive but thrive in the postnatal period.”

Western Radiology offers a range of scans to suit your needs, such as ultrasounds, to help you on your pregnancy journey. For more visit their website, and remember, each experience is unique to the next, find happiness and enjoy the ride.

Disclaimer: This is general information of a medical nature supplied by a third party and is not medical advice. For medical advice specific to your needs, please see your medical practitioner.

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