Vernix caseosa (aka ‘vernix’) is a creamy, white, cheese-like film consisting of almost 80 per cent water that covers the skin of the fetus during the last trimester of pregnancy and is still present at birth. It is a naturally occurring coating that has numerous functions before, during and after birth, including protecting your new baby’s skin and helping them to adapt to life outside the womb.
For many women, finding out you are pregnant is an exciting moment but it can also be overwhelming and feel like there is a never-ending stream of information you need to know.Here’s an overview of the major tests, scans and other important milestones you can expect during each trimester of your pregnancy.
You’re nearly there in terms of birthing your baby…but in terms of tests, there’s still more to consider during your third trimester. Here’s what you can expect.
You’ve past the most risky period and are now into your second trimester – the one that’s usually the most enjoyable since any sickness should have subsided and your belly isn’t too stretched! Still, there are more tests and scans to consider – here’s a rundown for you.
As exciting as it is, pregnancy can sometimes feel like you’re in a never-ending loop of tests, scans, appointments and needles. Here’s what’s offered during your first trimester. It’s always a good idea to talk to your care provider about your options in-depth so you can make the most informed decisions on what is best for you and your baby.
The simple answer is: yes. We often get asked by expectant mothers if it is safe to receive the influenza immunisation and, with concerns particularly high during the global pandemic and the flu season just around the corner, the question is coming up more frequently. We understand pregnancy can already be an anxious time and, now more than ever, it is important to get the right information about this vaccine.
Having a baby is likely to be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of your life, filled with emotions spanning the spectrum of joy, exhilaration and wonder, through to times of stress, uncertainty and anxiety.
If you are considering IVF, you have no doubt heard that new fertility treatment has been put on hold as the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve in Australia. Grace Private gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Tina Fleming, breaks down the news and what it means for those who are planning to embark on, or have already started, their IVF journey.
It is almost time to meet the newest member of your family. From leaving the hospital to extra nappies, here’s how parents can prepare for baby’s arrival home.
It is important to keep track of your weight during pregnancy for your and your baby’s health. You should balance your nutritional needs with healthy weight gain and eating to appetite. Women who do not gain enough weight may increase risk of preterm birth or small baby.
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