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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are some common pregnancy problems?

    My partner and I are 31 years old and currently trying for a baby. I would like to know what problems can occur when I fall pregnant, and the best way to manage them.
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  • Dr Tilak Weerasiri

    Gynaecologist, Gynaecologist - Infertility (IVF) Specialist, Obstetrician

    Dr Tilak Weerasiri, an accredited private obstetrician and gynaecologist, is based in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. His private consulting rooms are located at 11 … View Profile

    Below is a list of common problems and some simple solutions. Remember to increase your fluid intake by 6-8 glasses per day. If in doubt, please call our rooms.

    1. Diarrhoea- Try and eat foods that are low in fibre, such as bananas, rice and toast. Milk and dairy should be avoided.

    2. Constipation- prunes and prune juice are very good at keeping you regular. Your diet should include raw fruit and vegetables. You can also increase the fibre in your diet by eating bran. Daily exercise will help prevent constipation.

    3. Heartburn or Indigestion- eat small meals frequently and drink liquids between meals, rather than with meals. Fatty food and carbonated drinks are best avoided. Try not to lie down straight away after meals. Propping your head up with two or more pillows may help.

    4. Nausea (Morning Sickness) - drinking a plain cup of tea and eating a dry biscuit first thing in the morning before getting out of bed may help. Eat small frequent meals, rather than big meals. Spicy and greasy foods should also be avoided. If you can’t keep fluids down for more than 24 hours, contact the rooms.

    5. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)- any increase or pain during urination may indicate a UTI. Drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine and consult your GP.

    6. Oedema (Swelling) - swelling around ankles and legs late in the pregnancy is common. Elevating your legs whenever you're sitting and lying on your side when resting helps reduce swelling. If swelling is severe and/or accompanied by a headache, please call our rooms.

    7. Bleeding - spotting and bleeding occur in 40% of pregnancies. If bleeding occurs, please call our rooms. Avoid lifting, exercise and sexual intercourse for at least 48 hours.

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