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Several studies in the past have shown that Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs may increase the risk of miscarriage.  There has been a recent prospective study, which has again reiterated that the risk of miscarriage is increased in women who use Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs within the first two weeks of pregnancy.  So women who are planning to conceive […]

Cervical Cancer Screening is Changing

On 1st December 2017 the 2 yearly Pap smear will be replaced with 5 yearly cervical screening. What does that mean? Starting from 1st December 2017: Women over the age of 25 will be invited by the National Cancer Screening Register to participate in the National Cervical Screening Program. The time between tests will change […]

Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy

It is highly recommended for pregnant women to have three to four serves of protein daily during the pregnancy.  As part of the protein intake the recommendation is to have two to three serves of fish per week.  This is beneficial as it provides Omega 3 free fatty acids. A recent placebo controlled randomised trial […]

Supplements in Pregnancy

Folic acid supplementation in pregnancy has reduced the incidents of neural tube defects.  A new study has also shown the benefit of fish oil supplementation in pregnancy, recommendation is for women to take either two serves of fish a week or for all pregnant women to try to achieve Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake of at […]

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 […]