Starting a family is beautiful and exciting, yet it can potentially be a nerve wracking time due to the changes your body is going through. It is important to feel and know that you are supported throughout your pregnancy.
Visiting a maternity specialist at various points during your pregnancy will help ensure that everything is progressing smoothly and as expected.
The frequency of your visits will depend on you and your baby. Most women will have uncomplicated pregnancies and therefore will just come in for regular checkups.
If you choose to go to see a specialised obstetrician, such as Dr. Kelvin Larwood, right from the beginning you will be guaranteed continuity of care from conception to labour and after birth care.
Here are some of the times that visiting a specialist can be beneficial for you and your child.
While it is not necessary to see a doctor prior to conception, especially if your little bundle of joy is a surprise, many women choose to visit an obstetrician to be sure they’re ready to start a family or to obtain advice during the conception process.
Seeking pre-pregnancy counselling is a great way to calm any nerves you or your partner may be feeling. Preconception check ups can help ensure you are healthy and ready to conceive.
During a preconception check up, your doctor will be able to minimise your stress by helping you to navigate any obstacles that could present themselves during your journey to conceiving, allowing you to experience the smoothest journey possible.
It is recommended to see an obstetrician soon after you find out you are pregnant for an early check up to confirm the pregnancy, due date and set out your desired antenatal care plan.
Every woman is unique and requires different levels of care throughout their pregnancy. However, regular antenatal check ups are important for ensuring you and your baby are healthy.
During your antenatal appointments your doctor will support you and provide the best chances of a safe pregnancy and birth. They will complete blood tests, and ultrasounds to keep track of your baby’s growth.
You will also get a chance to discuss your birth plan.
Your doctor and their team will be there to provide support and ensure that you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Giving birth is a special time of your pregnancy but can also bring the most challenges.
During your pregnancy, many decisions can be made between you and your obstetrician about your birth plan. These decisions can have many influences and are made in collaboration between you and your team. They need to be individually tailored to your unique situation.
Dr Kelvin Larwood offers birthing through Buderim Private Hospital. You will be provided with continuity of care throughout your pregnancy, birth and after giving birth.
Your obstetrician will be able to offer you a range of personalised pregnancy care, including being able to make choices about your birthing options.
You will also have the option of giving birth in a private room with just your partner by your side.
After giving birth and going home you still have continuity of care with your obstetrician who will see you at about six weeks after birth and at any time during the first six weeks if you experience any concerns or problems. You will be very busy with your newborn but are not alone.
The experienced obstetricians will support you and help to minimise your stress and ensure you receive any treatments necessary as efficiently and safely as possible, in the event of any complications.
So, you know that you and your family will be supported and well cared for throughout the process.
Dr. Kelvin Larwood has a private clinic on the Sunshine Coast, and is dedicated to helping women through their pregnancies and giving them and their babies the best possible care.