COVID 19 and pregnancy
NSW Gov | COVID-19 advice for pregnant women and new parents
If you are pregnant, planning a family or are a new parent, there are some tips to make it easier to navigate these new life moments with COVID-19.
Safer Baby in Pregnancy
Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence | Foetal Movements
Movements really do matter. Are you aware of your baby’s movements during pregnancy? Do you know what to do if you notice a change in your baby’s movements that concerns you?
Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence | Foetal Growth
Monitor your Baby's Growth. All pregnancies are different. Regardless of your size, what's most important is a healthy rate of growth for your baby.
Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence | Side Sleeping
Research shows that going-to-sleep on your side from 28 weeks of pregnancy can halve your risk of stillbirth, compared to going-to-sleep on your back.
SESLHD | Mothersafe
MotherSafe provides a comprehensive counselling service for women and their healthcare providers concerned about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Such exposures may include prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, street drugs, infections, radiation, and occupational exposures.
NCIRA | Influenza & whooping cough vaccinations during pregnancy
Vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) and influenza is strongly recommended during pregnancy to protect pregnant women and their babies against these serious infections.
Dept of Health and Aged Care | Pregnancy, breastfeeding and COVID-19 vaccines
COVID-19 is more dangerous for women who are pregnant. The best way to reduce your risk is to stay up to date with all COVID-19 vaccinations recommended for your age group or individual health needs. You can receive the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
Drugs & alcohol
Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence | Quit Smoking
Smoking in pregnancy is one of the major contributors to stillbirth. Every puff of a cigarette has an immediate negative effect on the baby. Carbon monoxide replaces some of the oxygen in the blood, and nicotine also reduces the flow of blood through the umbilical cord.
NSW Food Authority | Pregnancy and food safety
Find out what to eat and foods to avoid during pregnancy.
Physical activity & exercise
Get Healthy | Physical activity during pregnancy
Staying active is a great way to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. As long as it is at a level at which you are comfortable, exercise will not harm your baby and can actually help you to cope with pregnancy and childbirth.
Continence Foundation of Australia | Pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy
Pelvic floor muscle exercises during pregnancy can help improve bladder and bowel control, reducing the risk of prolapse, help recovery from childbirth and improve sexual function.
Managing other symptoms during pregnancy
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby | Haemorrhoids during pregnancy
During pregnancy, haemorrhoids can be triggered by an increase in pressure on your rectal veins.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby | Morning sickness
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby | Varicose veins
Having swollen legs, with twisting, bulging veins is a normal, but uncomfortable, part of pregnancy. Usually, varicose veins all go away by the time your baby is aged one. And there are ways to ease the discomfort.
Pregnancy, Birth and Baby | Indigestion and heartburn in pregnancy
If you have indigestion in the early stage of your pregnancy, this may be caused by changes in your hormone levels. In the second or third trimester, indigestion becomes more common and may be caused by your baby pushing up against your stomach. As many as 8 in 10 women may have indigestion during their pregnancy.
NSW Health | Dental care during pregnancy
A lot of changes happen to your body when you are pregnant. Pregnancy hormones, morning sickness and some food cravings can make looking after your teeth more difficult and increase your risk of having dental problems. If you have poor dental health your baby is more likely to have dental problems after birth.
Getting ready for birth
RACGP | Antenatal perineal massage
Antenatal perineal massage to reduce perineal injury during childbirth
NSW Health | Labour and birth
Every labour and birth is different and varies depending when it starts and how long it takes. Your midwife or doctor can answer any questions you might have about your labour and birth and
what you and your partner can do to prepare. There are three main stages of labour. The time taken for each stage will vary from woman to woman. Everyone’s different
Newborn tests and immunisations
NSW Health | Hepatitis B vaccination for newborn baby
Brochure on testing for hepatitis B in pregnancy, vaccine for newborn babies and treatment for babies born with hepatitis B.
NHMRC | Vitamin K for newborn babies
The document outlines the options for the route of administration of vitamin K. The document also advises whom parents should contact if they require additional information and guidance.
NSW Health | Newborn bloodspot screening
Early diagnosis is important to your baby's future health and wellbeing.
Taking baby home
Beyond Blue | Pregnancy and new parents
Check out our information for new and expectant parents, covering everything from bonding with your baby to spotting the signs of anxiety and depression.
Red Nose | Safe sleeping for babies
The latest evidence-based advice from Red Nose on how keep your baby safe and reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
NSW Health | Breastfeeding your baby
Breastfeeding is best for you and your baby, but it isn't always easy. It takes time and practise. It can take up to six weeks for you and your baby to learn the skill of breastfeeding.
SWSLHD | Where to get help for Breastfeeding in SWSLHD Referral Resource
Login to Healthchat to access the breastfeeding in SWSLHD referral resource.
Transport for NSW | Car safety information for parents
Find out more
Find out more about the Antenatal Shared Care Program for GPs practicing in South Western Sydney.About Antenatal Shared care