Health and wellbeing during pregnancy
At the antenatal visits, you’ll have opportunities to discuss any issues and/or concerns that may have arisen since your last visit. Information will also be provided about you and your babies’ health and wellbeing.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is especially important during pregnancy not only for your own well-being, but also for your growing baby. A healthy lifestyle means eating a healthy well balanced diet, being active and abstaining from substance use such as alcohol, smoking and illicit drugs.
Weight gain is a normal part of pregnancy. A healthy weight gain is around 15kg, however this may vary based on your Body Mass Index. Too little or too much weight gain during pregnancy is a risk factor for pregnancy complications and can impact your health and that of your growing baby.
Smoking cessation is extremely important in reducing the risk of complications during pregnancy and birth, as well as improving your babies’ health outcomes. Cessation even in the later stages of pregnancy has been shown to improve babies’ health outcomes. There are many services in place to assist you to with quitting during pregnancy, including free starter packs for NRT (nicotine replacement therapy).
You can speak to your midwife or GP if you require any additional information or support for a healthy lifestyle. You can also self-refer to the Get healthy in Pregnancy service.
Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood is a time of great change and many women experience some degree of change in emotions. It often helps to talk about how you’re feeling with your partner or a trusted friend. If you feel you would benefit from additional support there are many organisations that can assist you:
Perinatal mental health:
- beyond blue – Just Speak Up – 1300 224 636
- PANDA National Helpline (Mon to Sat, 9am to 7.30pm AEST/AEDT) 1300 726 306
Mental health support:
If you have any concerns or are worried about the health of you or your baby you can contact the maternity unit outside of your scheduled antenatal appointment. The midwife will ask questions about your pregnancy and your concerns and may also suggest you come to the hospital for further assessment.