Do I have to book into a hospital for my birth?

If you choose to deliver at Prince of Wales Private Hospital, the booking form can be sent out to you when you make your 1st appointment. As numbers are capped per month, it is advisable to get this in early. If Royal Hospital for Women is where you want to birth, then I can do the booking in for your first visit. As it is a public hospital, there is no cap in the number of deliveries done per month.

Can I take something for my headache / nausea / fever / cold / hayfever?

Simple pain relief is safe in pregnancy and paracetamol, panadeine and even panadeine forte can be taken. Maxolon (metoclopramide) for nausea and some anti-histamine eg. Polaramine can also be taken safely. Aspirin, Sudafed and Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatories (eg Nurofen (ibuprofen) and diclofenac) should not be taken.

Can I exercise?

Yes you can! High intensity cardiovascular workouts are not advisable and I would prefer that you keep you heart rate below 140-150bpm. Yoga is generally avoided in the 1st 12 weeks but you can resume after this. Saunas, hot spas and bikram yoga should also be avoided. (see useful links for more information)

Can I fly?

Yes, you can safely fly up to 34 weeks for international flights and 36 weeks for domestic flights. However, there are exceptions, e.g. Multiple pregnancy, major placenta praevia or history of premature labour.