Dr Glenda McLaren
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Antenatal Care

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A Comprehensive Approach to Obstetrics

Bloom Women’s Health Obstetricians take a comprehensive approach antenatal care, including full-service Obstetrics and access to a team of integrated health professionals, including Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Pyschologist, Dietician and Women’s Health Physiotherapists.

The Bloom approach provides women a unique experience of integrated care focussed on helping them achieve their best health and pregnancy.

Obstetrics Patients will be Offered:

Antenatal Education

We encourage first time parents to attend antenatal classes to help you on your journey to becoming parents.

Bloom patients will have access to both our Midwife and Physiotherapy antenatal education. Our Midwives and Physiotherapists have worked together with Bloom Obstetricians to deliver personalised and integrated care. This includes antenatal and postnatal education, breastfeeding support and looking after your physical changes during pregnancy and recovery.

General public classes are also available, including in-person or online classes, through both private organisations and through the Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Healthy Low GI Diet

It is important to have a healthy, balanced diet in pregnancy to provide nutrition to you and your growing baby. A low GI diet is best, and it is important to eat food from all the food groups. Healthy eating in pregnancy ensures your weight gain is in the normal range and gives your baby the best nutritional start in life.

Exercise in Pregnancy

Regular exercise is important for general health and wellbeing during pregnancy. The physical changes experienced during pregnancy need to be taken into consideration when planning an exercise routine.

With the increased weight gain and change in body shape, a pregnant woman’s sense of balance and coordination are affected. The hormone Relaxin makes joints and ligaments looser, potentially increasing the risk of injury. In addition, the heart rate, breathing rate and the core body temperature is increased in pregnancy. Maintaining healthy exercise in pregnancy, while allowing for the changes that occur is important. Talk with our physiotherapist for your personalised exercise program that adapts to your changing needs.

Learn more about exercise in pregnancy here.

Infections, Immunisations and Medications During Pregnancy

There are a variety of infections and illnesses that if acquired during pregnancy, can cause serious concerns for the mother or baby. Many of these can be prevented with standard immunisations for the mother.

Top tips during pregnancy:

Work & Pregnancy

Most women stop working at around 34-36 weeks. If you are feeling well, and your pregnancy is progressing normally, you may wish to work a few weeks longer to maximise your maternity leave. We will be happy to write a letter for your employer at this time if it is safe for you to continue working.

Estimate Date of Confinement (EDC) Letter

Most employers need a letter confirming your due date to apply for maternity leave. We are happy to provide this for you and usually do so early in your second trimester once we are certain all is progressing normally.

Carers Leave

We are happy to provide a letter for partners, grandparents and carers who need time off work to assist you to recover from the birth in those all-important first few weeks at home. Please feel free to ask our friendly staff at your appointment if you need a carer’s leave letter.

Learn more about work and pregnancy here.

Multiple Pregnancy

If you are expecting more than one baby, you will need to be seen more frequently and have more scans to monitor your babies’ growth. A multiple pregnancy brings lots of joy and immense reward; however, may also involve additional risks for both the mother and babies.

Women carrying a multiple pregnancy are more at risk of miscarriage in the first trimester, and premature labour in the second and third trimester. In addition, there are other risks that need to be screened including genetic risk, gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension.

Delivery will occur earlier depending on the progress of the pregnancy and may need to be by caesarean section, depending on the gestational age and position of your babies.

Read more information about multiple birth here.

Cord Blood Collection

The collection and storage of cord blood stem cells provides an opportunity to use these stem cells should they be required at some stage later in life. There are two ways to store cord stem cells, altruistically or via the dedicated private cord blood banking services.

The Mater Mothers’ Hospital is one of 11 hospitals in Australia which contribute to Auscord – the free cord blood banking service. Cord blood can be collected from the placenta following delivery throughout the week and there is no cost to parents. The banked stem cells are stored and can be used by anyone.

Alternatively, you may prefer to pay privately for a dedicated cord blood collection for your child to use their stem cells later in life.

Read more about cord blood collection from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

General Pregnancy Health Information

Pregnancy is a great time to review your diet, exercise and overall health to ensure that you and your family are as healthy as possible before your baby arrives.

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