Pregnancy Guide

Finding a Midwife

It is important to book a Midwife / Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) before 10 weeks pregnant

www.findamidwife.org.nz

www.findyourmidwife.co.nz

www.wellingtonmidwives.com

or phone find a midwife: 0800346369

Your Midwife(LMC) can order antenatal blood tests, baby scans & may prescribe Iodine & Folic acid.

Your LMC may see you every 4–6 weekly in early pregnancy and fortnightly, then weekly during the last weeks of pregnancy.

It is very important to attend Midwifery Well Health Checks for a safer pregnancy, labour & birth.

Until you find your Midwife, your Doctor may be able to arrange early pregnancy scans and/or pregnancy blood tests or prescribe the recommended vitamin supplements.

Recommended Vitamin Supplements for Pregnancy:

Folic Acid 0-8mg daily — reduces the risk of Spina Bifida
Iodine 150mcg daily — helps with baby’s brain development

See www.healthed.govt.nz for up to date information for pregnant women.

Ask your Doctor about Free Immunisations in pregnancy:

Flu Vaccine: pregnant women are more at risk of serious complications.

Whooping Cough Vaccine helps to protect Baby until baby has started his/her immunisation programme at 6 weeks and 12 weeks of age.

Check your Rubella Status (German Measles) If you are not immune -Stay away from anyone who might have or be in contact with anyone who may have it. (Rubella may harm your unborn baby)

Blood tests & Scans during pregnancy

4-8 weeks: 1st Antenatal Blood Test—Your Midwife or Doctor can give you a blood test form for Wellington SCL 04-3815900 08003815900  www.wellingtonscl.co.nz  testing for your blood group /antibody screen / rubella HIV? HB , Iron levels, etc

11-13 weeks: Pregnancy Screening tests for genetic abnormalities 1st test MSS 1 Maternal Serum Screening blood test 2nd test Nuchal Baby Scan Phone & book Scan in advance Pacific Radiology 04 978 5500 or Horizon Radiology 04 801 8527

20 weeks: Anatomy Scan for Baby–(book as above)

28 weeks: 2nd Antenatal Blood Tests & Glucose Challenge

35-37 weeks: Screen for Group B strep (Low Vaginal Swab).

36 weeks: (only if needed ) Antibody? HB? / iron levels?

41 weeks: postdates scan for growth and placenta function

Danger signs: dehydration from morning sickness, vaginal bleeding, strong abdominal pain, high temp, waters breaking, Call LMC or Doctor or

Healthline 0800611116

Delivery Suite 048060845 @ Wellington Hospital

Alert Zika Virus 2016 is passed on from Mosquito Bites in certain countries around the world including some Pacific Islands Go to Ministry of Health NZ www.health.govt.nz>ourwork>ZikaVirus for more information or Health line NZ 0800611116 if you think you have symptoms. Issues arising can be baby malformations and serious side effects for unborn babies.
 

Things to Avoid in Pregnancy:

It is recommended that when a woman is pregnant that she stops smoking, stops recreational drugs, and avoids alcoholic beverages as these may harm her unborn baby. 

Check if any herbal teas / prescribed medicines / or over the counter pharmacy medications that you are taking are safe in pregnancy.

Stop Smoking 0800 778 778 Quitline                   Alcohol & Drug Helpline 0800 787 797

Food safety in pregnancy

See www.foodsmart.govt.nz.

Eat fresh home cooked meals with a variety of freshly washed home cooked vegetables/ freshly washed salads,

add in protein –piping hot cooked meat, chicken or fish, balanced with carbohydrates-potato/ taro, rice.

Increase Dairy products like 'yellow top' milk and yoghurt to keep calcium levels up.

Cut down on food that has no nutrition value – eat wisely to grow a healthy baby.

Your pregnancy weight gain depending on your BMI may be between 5- 15kg.

Keep moving, physically active- continue walking and swimming with light to normal activities.

Choose water or trim milk to drink - cut down on sugar, fizzy drinks, fruit juice, tea and coffee.

Food Smart web site has tips on how to avoid LISTERIA & TOXOPLASMA.

Listeria can be caught from unwashed food, uncooked –raw fish/shellfish/sushi/soft cheeses.

Toxoplasma can be caught from soil/ Cat faeces—litter box/ cat scratches

 
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