Pregnancy planning

While it’s not always possible, planning for pregnancy is important and can help to avoid unnecessary complications. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your medical history and take some blood tests to help identify any issues that may have consequences further down the track. For example, there are certain medications that you shouldn’t be taking if you are pregnant, and there are common diseases you may want to be vaccinated against before trying to get pregnant.

Pregnancy support

Pregnancy is exciting, but it can also be quite challenging – both mentally and physically. To help reduce stress and discomfort, we offer a high standard of allied health support throughout your entire journey through the stages of pregnancy. We’ll work closely with your obstetrician to ensure our advice complements their services.

We can provide the following support for your pregnancy and beyond:

Allied health

All our allied health professionals have undergone additional training in pregnancy and post-partum care to provide you with the best care available. We have many years of experience working with expectant and new mothers, and have helped alleviate pain associated with a variety of ailments listed in the table below.

Common complaints during pregnancy

Common complaints after birth

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Dequervain’s disease (thumb pain)

Thoracic outlet syndrome

Tendinitis

Neck pain or headaches

Hand and wrist pain with baby-handling

Pelvic girdle & sacroiliac joint pain

Neck and upper back pain with breastfeeding

Upper back or rib pain

Pubic pain and pubic separation (diastasis)

Pins and needles in the hands

Post natal depression

Pubic symphysitis

Anxiety

Hip or groin pain

Prolapse

Low back pain or disc pain

Bladder and bowel leakage

Diastasis recti (abdominal separation)

Pelvic and perineal pain

Knee and foot pain

Pelvic floor muscle check ups

Swelling of the hands and feet

Pudendal nerve pain

Mental health fitness preparation plans

Constipation and straining

Constipation and straining

Third degree tear

Pelvic floor muscle education

Fourth degree tear

Morning sickness and nausea

Intercourse pain

Acupuncture and herbal medicine

Acupuncture can help improve your chances of conceiving, alleviate morning sickness and pelvic girdle pain, boost energy levels and reduce excess fluid in your body. Clinical trials have shown acupuncture is effective in easing the pain of labour and can help stimulate labour if you are overdue. It can also speed up your post-birth recovery. Our Chinese Medicine Practitioner Bernice Lowe can provide you with treatment as well as supportive herbal medicine advice.

Osteopathy

Many changes occur in your musculoskeletal system as your body adapts to your growing baby and softens in preparation for delivery. Small imbalances in your posture or the way you walk can start to cause pain and discomfort as your body changes. Our osteopaths Amy Corcoran and Elizabeth Howard can help balance out areas of tightness and relieve pain at areas with loose ligaments or excessive movement. It’s also a good time to treat any ‘old’ areas of stiffness, such as your neck and upper back when you have the added benefit of hormonal laxity, or looseness in the joints.

Many women find one treatment per month useful in preventing common pain problems, and then increase the frequency of treatments as the due date becomes closer.

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Pelvic floor physiotherapy

Your pelvic floor muscles play an integral part in the support of your pelvic girdle and organs during pregnancy. They need to be flexible for labour, as well as in strong condition for bladder and bowel function both during and after pregnancy.  Our pelvic floor physiotherapist Sherin Jarvis can provide guidance on specific exercises for you, give advice on bladder and bowel management as well as develop a plan for the return to appropriate exercise in the postnatal period.

Psychology and hypnotherapy

Having a baby is a major life-changing event and we provide a range of psychology, counselling and clinical hypnosis services to equip you to cope with the challenging pre and postnatal periods. Hypnotherapy can also be a useful tool for managing pain during labour.

Numerous studies have shown that if you have a history of mental illness, your postnatal period will be smoother if you are equipped with practical ‘mental fitness’ tools that you can use before and after giving birth. Our psychologist Margaret O’Brien can help formulate a plan with you, helping to ensure you have a supportive network around you during this exciting yet challenging time.

Pain medicine and gynaecology

Pregnancy is often associated with pain, but fortunately there are many options you can choose from to limit the pain you experience during pregnancy and childbirth. Dr Jason Chow is experienced in all aspects of gynaecology and pain management, both during and after pregnancy, and can discuss the safe options for medications, ongoing management and any necessary surgical interventions.

Helpful resources

If you’d like more information please download a fact sheet using the link below or from our Health Information page.

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