Delayed umbilical cord clamping

The America College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that there should be delayed umbilical cord clamping of at least 30 seconds in preterm vigorous infants; and 60 seconds in term vigorous infants.  Studies show that approximately 70% of blood available from the Placenta to the baby is transfused in the first minute after birth. Delayed […]

Safety and efficacy of influenza vaccine in pregnancy

A recent randomised controlled trial of Trivalent Influenza vaccination of pregnant women have shown that the Flu Vax has 86% efficacy against protecting infants less than 8 weeks of age from Influenza; and 25-30 efficacy for protecting infants from Influenza between 8-24 weeks of age when this vaccine was compared with Placebo vaccination. This study […]

Safety of Paracetamol in pregnancy

The use of paracetamol has recently been linked to behavioural problems in children. The Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has released a statement which states that the lead researcher of this study Dr Stergiakouli has said, “Paracetamol is still considered safe to use during pregnancy. There is a risk of not treating fever […]

Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that pregnant women with vitamin d levels between 30 – 49 nmol/l should take 1000 IU vitamin d daily. Pregnant women with levels < 30 nmol/l should commence 2000 IU vitamin D daily. Pregnant women with Vitamin D level above 50 nmol/lshould take 400 […]

Healthy eating during pregnancy

Following are the Australian Dietary Guidelines for pregnant women: 1. Be physically active and choose amounts of nutritious food and drinks to meet your energy needs. 2.Enjoy plenty of vegetables, fruit, grain, lentils, lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds and milk, yoghurt and pasteurised cheese daily. 3. Drink plenty of water. 4. […]

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that Whooping Cough or Pertussis Vaccination should be ideally given during pregnancy in the third trimester between 28 and 32 weeks.  Vaccination during pregnancy is more effective in reducing risk of Whooping Cough in young infants as antibodies are passed through from the vaccinated mother […]