Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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Being pregnant with your first baby can be an exciting and scary process signaling many life changes ahead. If you are an expectant mother, this section is designed to give you the information you need to look after your health and the health of your baby – both during pregnancy and after childbirth. Obstetricians and gynaecologists are specialist doctors that work in women's healthcare. A gynaecologist is devoted only to the reproductive care of women while an obstetrician is concerned with the care of women during pregnancy and after childbirth. Most pregnant women know that it’s wise to avoid taking medications during pregnancy, yet sometimes prescription drug use is necessary even for those who are expecting. Read on for an overview of the least to most harmful classes of drugs. When you become pregnant, it's suddenly not just your own health you have to look after, but also that of your future baby. Here are some health tips to give your baby the best possible start in life. The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression. If you’d like to learn more about the baby blues and postpartum depression, see the page Postpartum Depression. Obstetrics Obstetrics deals with problems that arise in maternity care, treating any complications of pregnancy and childbirth and any that arise after the birth. Obstetricians are also concerned with the health of the fetus and, on some occasions, may see women before conception to plan their pregnancy. Some obstetricians specialise in a particular aspect of maternity care such as: Fetal medicine, which involves looking after the health of the unborn baby Maternal medicine, which is looking after the mother's health Labour care, which consists of care during birth Gynaecology Gynaecology is the care of women with problems of the female reproductive system, such as the ovaries, tubes, womb, cervix, and vagina. A gynaecologist is devoted only to the reproductive care of women while an obstetrician is concerned with women during and a just after pregnancy. Some gynaecologists specialise in: Urogynaecology (bladder incontinence) Colposcopy, which deals with abnormal smears Gynae-oncology (cancer of the uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries) Contraception Reproductive medicine, which involves fertility problems and recurrent miscarriage Menopause Both obstetricians and gynaecologists care for women who have had a miscarriage. Around the world, most specialists work in both obstetrics and gynaecology. However, a growing number are now beginning to work in one particular area.

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During pregnancy, medications taken by the expectant mother can cross the placenta and enter the developing baby’s bloodstream. The effect that it has on the unborn baby depends on the medication and the trimester in which the medicine is taken. Harmful consequences may include miscarriage, low birth weight, birth defects, or neonatal abstinence syndrome. Most pregnant women

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When you become pregnant, it's suddenly not just your own health you have to look after, but also that of your future baby. Here are some tips to give your baby the best possible start in life: Eat well: Even if you already eat healthily, you may need to make some adjustments during pregnancy. Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, grains, lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs and d

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About two to three days after childbirth, some women start to feel depressed, anxious and upset. But mild depression and mood swings are common in new mothers—so common, in fact, that it has its own name: the baby blues. The baby blues are perfectly normal and will often fade without treatment within one to two weeks. However, if your symptoms don’t go away or start getting

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