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Family Planning and Pregnancy

Planning for a family can be a very exciting time! The doctors that consults at HealthMint are available to join you on this journey and can facilitate pregnancy planning and testing, antenatal care as well as 6 week postnatal checks. 

Pregnancy planning and testing

If you’re planning for a baby, we recommend that you visit your GP before you conceive, to discuss things like lifestyle, exercise, eating habits, vaccinations, supplements and your overall wellbeing.

If you have a chronic condition, such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy, then it is very important to see a GP before you get pregnant. The reason is that some types of medication can be harmful to an unborn baby. We recommend coming in a few months before you want to conceive, to allow time for your body to adjust to any changes in treatment, and ensure your medical condition is controlled effectively.

It’s also important to make sure your vaccinations are up to date, as preventable infections can cause miscarriage or birth defects. We can offer a blood test to check if you need further vaccinations.

Additionally, it’s recommended to take a daily supplement of folic acid, which has been found to greatly reduce the risk of neural tube defects, before you fall pregnant. Having enough folic acid is critical in the early weeks of pregnancy when your baby’s brain and nervous system are developing.

If you suspect you may be pregnant, your GP can run a pregnancy test for you during your consultation.

Antenatal care

Antenatal is the period of time before birth, and antenatal care is the care provided by a healthcare professional during your pregnancy. As soon as you know you are pregnant it is a good idea to go and see your doctor. At this visit, the doctor will talk to you about how to have a healthy pregnancy and discuss things like healthy eating and exercise advice. This is the time when the doctor will give you information about antenatal screening tests, as well as how lifestyle factors, such as smoking, alcohol or drug use may affect your health or your baby’s health. You can also use the time to raise any questions you may have.

6 week post natal check

Postnatal is the period of time after childbirth. At your six week postnatal check both you and your baby will be seen. First, you will spend 15 minutes with the doctor who will spend some time focused on you, possibly including an internal examination to ensure your uterus has returned to its pre-pregnancy size, and a discussion about contraception. The next 15 minutes will be spent with the doctor and the nurse, where the doctor will do the 6 week check for your baby, including an examination and weighing, as well as measuring their head circumference. In the mean time, the nurse will prepare and then administer the 6-week immunisation.

If you’re feeling down for an extended period of time and/or having excessive fears about your baby, you may be suffering from postnatal depression and anxiety. Please click here to read more about this.

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