(03) 9416 2802
(03) 9495 6491
Suite 207, 320 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
My private consulting rooms are located on the ground floor of the Epworth Freemasons Day Procedure and Maternity Centre in East Melbourne.
Underground parking is available for a fee. There is also limited on-street metered parking in the area.
The number 12 and 109 trams stop right outside the building, and the number 11 and 30 tram stop is a 5 minute walk away.
The number buses also stop right outside the building.
Train access is via Parliament station, which is a 10 minute walk away
When you’re planning to have a baby, there are a lot of things you can do before you ever start trying to conceive to maximise your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. If your baby is still in the planning stages, read on for the things you should be doing now to help make things go much more smoothly later.
Pick a Date
If you are using birth control, you need to decide when to stop that, and start actively “trying” for a baby. If you are not already taking a pre-pregnancy multivitamin and folic acid, you should start that at least one month prior to stopping your contraception.
If you are actively trying to conceive, you need to plan the right time in your cycle to have intercourse. This should occur in the days BEFORE ovulation. For women who have an “average” 28-day cycle, ovulation usually occurs around day 12-14. It is important to remember however, that this is just an average, and some women ovulate earlier or later than this. In addition, if you have a shorter cycle, you may ovulate even earlier. In contrast, women who have longer cycles may ovulate later than day 14. As a rough guide, ovulation usually occurs approximately 14 days BEFORE your expected next period. Women who have irregular cycles may have trouble predicting their ovulation. They may need to consider monitoring for ovulation. It may be helpful to consult your obstetrician to discuss this further.
Take a Look at Your Diet
If you don’t already, start eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains every day, and limit your intake of unhealthy fats. Focus on foods rich in calcium and iron, and be sure to get enough folic acid. Taking a folic acid supplement (0.4mg per day or more) is important. If you’re overweight or underweight, try to get as close as possible to your goal weight before trying to conceive.
Make Lifestyle Changes
When you have a baby, there are many things you can’t control that can affect the outcome of your pregnancy. However, other things are completely controllable, and smoking is one of them. Smoking makes it harder for you to conceive and increases your risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and more. Smoking can also harm your baby after it is born. If you or your partner smoke, it’s time to quit. And since there’s no known “safe” level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, it’s best to abstain once you start trying to conceive.
Schedule a Checkup
Schedule a preconception checkup with a Richmond obstetrician to discuss issues such as your health, your family’s medical history, and your past pregnancy experiences. Your obstetrician will also want to ensure that your immunisations are up-to-date and that you understand that any chronic health conditions you may have (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) will need to be managed carefully throughout your pregnancy.
One of the first things you’ll want to do, whether you’re trying to conceive or already pregnant, is find the best obstetrician near Richmond to care for you during your pregnancy. Dr. Stephen Cole has practised obstetrics in East Melbourne since 2001. As a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, he has the training and experience needed to care for women with normal, low-risk pregnancies as well as the most complex pregnancies and deliveries. When you’re looking for an obstetrician in Richmond, look for one that will support your choices and provide you with the woman-centred care you need throughout your pregnancy. Call (03) 94162802 to schedule an appointment.