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Can I exercise during my period?

Yes. Exercising during your period is completely safe and may actually be effective in helping to combat the symptoms of PMS!

What type of exercise is best for when I am menstruating?

You may find some light walking to be the most manageable form of exercise during your period. Though you are most certainly still able to partake in group classes such as yoga or dance.

Am I able to swim during my period?

Yes. In most cases, swimming on your period is perfectly alright. It also depends on what makes you feel most comfortable. Many women prefer to use tampons on menstrual cups in favour of sanitary napkins if they wish to swim during their periods.

When should I first visit an obstetrician?

As soon as you believe you’re pregnant, as an initial physical examination is conducted to ensure that all of your needs are met, and that you can receive immediate care. Generally, most practitioners won’t schedule a visit until around the two month mark during pregnancy, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or severe nausea and vomiting.

How often will I need to visit?

Unless specified otherwise, patients will need to visit every four weeks until approximately 28 weeks. Then closer visits will take place every two weeks until the 36th week of pregnancy, followed by weekly visits until the birth of your baby.

What if a complication occurs after hours?

Dr Neil Wallman provides 24 hours of care every day of the year, ensuring the needs of his patients are met no matter the circumstances.

What birthing options do I have available?

Dr Wallman provides a full range of delivery options including water births, caesarean sections and all options in between. Dr Wallman is also comfortable in performing VBAC: Vaginal Birth After Caesarean.

How do I know when I am in labour?

In most cases, the onset of labour is preceded by a combination of old blood and mucous. Initially it can be difficult to determine the difference between labour pains and contractions, although labour pains will get stronger and more frequent over an extended period. If you are in doubt, and are over 20 weeks into your pregnancy, it is recommended that you contact Dr Wallman to discuss your situation.

What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?

It is important to take note of when you feel nauseous, in the attempt to determine what may be causing it. It is essential that you remain hydrated at all times to decrease the onset of nausea.  Other forms of nausea are often difficult to prevent, thus a form of medication may be necessary.

How long does morning sickness last?

For most women morning sickness ends by the 4th month of pregnancy, when hormone levels begin to decrease slightly

Is morning sickness diarrhea normal?

Morning sickness mostly affects the first 1/3 of your digestive tract and usually does not cause diarrhea. If you are suffering from diarrhea during pregnancy, be sure to stay well hydrated and contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen or last for 2 or more days.

Is morning sickness a good sign?

In general, morning sickness is considered to be a sign of a healthy pregnancy. With that being said, a lack of morning sickness by no means indicates an unhealthy pregnancy.

What costs can I expect to incur when visiting an obstetrician?

The cost of your obstetrics treatment will vary depending on a number of factors, such as your Health Fund and status of your Medicare threshold. For more information on OB Fees please see:

Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

Yes, unless advised otherwise. Although sexual intercourse during pregnancy may cause discomfort or be difficult to perform.

Is exercise safe during pregnancy?

Exercise remains safe during pregnancy, although it is recommended that exercise be kept to a moderate level only. This includes walking, swimming, aerobics and yoga. Running, tennis, gym and the likes may be done but only after consulting with Dr Wallman.

What medications are safe to take during pregnancy?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that all medicines and herbal remedies be avoided during pregnancy. There are a number of medications that are safe for certain conditions, although it is advised that you consult with Dr Wallman before taking these medications:

  • Panadol
  • Vitamin B6
  • Rectinol
  • Metamucil
  • Fybogel
  • Ventolin
  • Canesten Cream
  • Gaviscon

What supplements should I be taking whilst pregnant?

It is recommended that all women complement their diets with folate (folic acid) in the first half of their pregnancy. Other supplements are only required if your diet is deemed as inadequate. It is advised you consult with Dr Wallman before taking additional supplements.

Will having a miscarriage negatively affect my fertility?

No, having one, or even two miscarriages in a row will not make you any less fertile. If on the other hand, you have experienced several miscarriages in a row, you may want to consult with your doctor to determine if there are any underlying conditions, which could be causing this.

How long should I wait to conceive after a miscarriage?

There are many mixed opinions surrounding this question. You are indeed able to try for a baby right away, though on an emotional level, you may not feel ready. The best answer to this question is different for each woman as it depends highly on your personal and emotional readiness to conceive after experiencing a miscarriage.

How long does it take to ovulate after a miscarriage?

In general, a woman will ovulate two to four weeks after a miscarriage with normal menstruation occurring two weeks post ovulation. You are able to try for a baby right away with no increased risk of miscarriage.

How do I know if I am bleeding too much during my period?

How much each woman bleeds during her period varies from woman to woman. Factors such as lifestyle, genetics, overall health, etc. can play a role in how much or how little you bleed during your period. Most commonly, women generally bleed more at the start of their period (between 1 and 3 days) with it lessening as the days go by. If you are concerned about how much you’re bleeding, speak to your doctor to determine if this is normal for you or not.

How can I ease my PMS?

PMS can be a pain, literally and figuratively. The bloating, mood swings, cramps and so on can be make you feel irritable and uncomfortable. To ease your symptoms you should try to eat healthy, drink lots of water, get plenty of exercise and fresh air, and use a hot water bottle to soothe cramps. If you experience bad pain, try an over-the-counter pain medication to help.

What causes irregular periods?

Irregular or missed periods can be alarming however it’s doesn’t always signal something major. Some common reasons for irregular periods are stress, starting, skipping, or stopping oral contraceptives, poor diet, sudden health problems (like diabetes), excessive weight changes, over-exercising, etc. If your period suddenly becomes irregular and causes concern, speak to your doctor about it to rule out anything more serious.

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