Common Side Effects
Nausea and/or vomiting
Nausea affects approximately 80-85% of all pregnancies with vomiting an associated complaint in about 52% of women. There are a number of theories as to why this occurs including hormonal changes, changes in carbohydrate metabolism and fatigue, which explains why symptoms vary greatly from woman to woman and often from one pregnancy to another.
What does the First Trimester Screening test involve?
The combined First Trimester Screening test has two separate components:
When to seek help
If you are unable to tolerate food or fluids for greater than 12-24 hours due to nausea and vomiting please contact the Pregnancy Assessment Centre on 3163 7000.
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Rising levels of the hormone progesterone in pregnancy causes relaxation of smooth muscle particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. This can cause a reduction in gastric motility and increased gastric emptying time meaning that more water and electrolytes are absorbed as food passes through the bowel more slowly. This produces hard, compact stools with associated bloating, flatulence and abdominal pain. The prevalence is estimated to be somewhere between 25 - 40%.
Strategies that may help
When to seek help
If after trying these strategies constipation is still a concern or if you are unable to pass a bowel motion contact...
Flu Vaccine during pregnancy
Flu vaccination is safe and recommended for pregnant women to have at any stage during pregnancy. This is recommended because women are more at risk of severe illness during pregnancy due to their immune system being suppressed. There is also evidence supporting a protective effect for babies when Mums have been vaccinated during pregnancy. Flu vaccination is free for pregnant women and can be accessed via your GP (there may still be a charge for the consultation).
Whooping Cough Vaccination during pregnancy
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a highly contagious respiratory illness passed from one person to another by “droplet” transmission. This occurs when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Babies are particularly at risk of serious illness and many require hospitalization. For this reason, Whooping Cough vaccination is recommended for women each pregnancy ideally between 28-32 weeks gestation. It is also recommended for close contacts – partners, anyone living in the house with you or anyone who will be having close contact with you baby such as Grandparents to also be vaccinated. Vaccination for pregnant women is free and can be accessed via your GP.