Got questions? We have answers.
When should I schedule my first prenatal visit?
You can schedule a visit with the gynaecologist, if you’ve tested positive with a home pregnancy test or you have missed a period and would like us to confirm the pregnancy for you.
What medications can I safely take when I am pregnant?
Prenatal vitamins are safe to take during pregnancy. Do not stop any long-term medications on your own. You must see your gynaecologist at the earliest to discuss those medications.
How to deal with morning sickness?
Eat several small meals during the day so your stomach doesn’t remain empty for long. Avoid fried, greasy, and spicy foods. Drink soups and other liquids between meals. Eat a piece of bread or a few crackers before you get out of bed in the morning, or whenever you feel nauseous.
Have some juice, milk, yogurt, before you go to bed or before you wake up.
Vitamin B supplements can also help relieve nausea.
Is it safe to exercise in pregnancy?
It is safe to exercise in moderation during pregnancy, unless your gynaecologist advises against it. Some exercises can help with childbirth. If you have never exercised before, do not start in pregnancy for the first time without consulting a physiotherapist or your gynaecologist.
Is it safe to travel in pregnancy?
For uncomplicated pregnancies, travel is not a problem. When traveling by car, make plans to stop at least every 2 hours to get out and walk.
“In general, air travel is OK during the entire pregnancy,” but before any travel plans you must see your gynaecologist to ensure that you do not have any complicating factors that may make travelling unsafe for you.
When to have Pap smears?
Pap smears are carried out as part of a regular well woman care. They are screening tests that are used to detect cervical cancer, precancerous cells, and the presence of HPV or other infections. They are best performed when you are not having your period.
It should be started form the age of 21 years and can be done annually or at least every 3-5 years depending on the results of your previous tests and whether it is combined with HPV testing.
I recently found a lump in my breast. What should I do?
You should contact your gynaecologist at the earliest, to arrange a thorough check up.
What are the types of birth control choices?
It’s important to remember that all women are different, and the best way to find out what method is ideal for you is by consulting with a licensed healthcare provider.
Some of the commonly recommended birth control measures include:
Barrier Methods – Generally speaking, barrier methods (such as condoms) do not prevent pregnancy as effectively as hormonal methods or IUD’s, and they must be used EVERY TIME that you have sex.
Hormonal Methods – Statistically very good at preventing pregnancy. Hormonal methods include birth control pills and injections like (Depo-Provera).
Intrauterine Devices (IUD’s) – IUD’s such as copper T are inserted into your uterus, work for 5-10 years at a time, and are a generally safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy. The Mirena IUD contains a hormone that can help with heavy periods and cramping.
Natural Family Planning – Also referred to as “fertility awareness,” Natural Family Planning can be effective provided that you and your sexual partner are extremely careful, and are especially mindful of what times of the month are best to engage in sexual activity. Women practicing natural family planning are strongly encouraged to keep good records so as to know when they are fertile; and for times when you ARE fertile, you will need to abstain from sex, or use a barrier method.
N.B: I-pill is not a regular contraceptive method. It is an emergency contraception to be used if other methods have failed or you have had unprotected intercourse. Using it unwisely can lead to period irregularities. You must seek help from a gynaecologist if such is the case.