6 tips for health during pregnancy
Eat five or six well-balanced meals each day and get adequate sleep (at least eight hours a night). If you're suffering from sleep disturbances talk to your midwife about it.
Take a prenatal vitamin each day to help with baby's development. Ask your bstetrician or midwife for advice on what would be good for you.
Don't smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Also avoid drinking alcohol during pregnancy and limit whilst breast feeding.
Exercise is important for your general health. Try a pregnancy exercise class, aqua aerobics or walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day. Make sure you do not get overheated whilst exercising.
Wear comfortable, nonrestricting clothing and shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.
Check with your midwife before flying. When travelling in a car ensure you put your safety belt under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen.
Take care of yourself
and the miracle inside you!
Everything for your health and the health of your baby
We provide maternity care to mums in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and the surrounding communities incl. Te Puke, Pongakawa and The Kamais.
We are a small, friendly midwifery centre in the heart of Bayfair. Providing a modern facility with easy access, car parking and plenty to entertain your little ones during your visit. Our independent and experienced midwives will make you feel right at home. We can provide:
- Free Pregnancy Testing
- Full care for you and baby through pregnancy, birth and onto Plunket for Well Child Care
- Referral as necessary for scans, blood tests and Specialist Review if required
- Birth Plan discussion
- Parenting Education advice and Education Resourses
- Safe Backup Practitioners
- Your midwife will be on call for your labour/emergency care 24 hours a day
Midwifery in New Zealand
The Nurses Amendment Act
In October 1990 the government passed the Nurses Amendment Act. This allowed Registered Midwives to practice midwifery, independently of a General Practitioner.
With respect to antenatal and postnatal visits and the management of low-risk births, the Midwife has full clinical responsibility.
Under the Act, a Registered Midwife can carry out the following:
- Prescribe medication for you, providing that the medication is solely related to your pregnancy
- Authorize blood tests
- Authorize scans
Lead Maternity Carer (LMC)
You may see the term LMC a number of times to do with midwives, this just means Lead Maternity Carer, they are the person you register with who coordinates your midwifery care including referrals to a specialist.
The LMC coordinates your care and remains involved even if your care is handed over to the obstetric team (this is called handover to secondary care) in the case of an emergency or complication. In this case the doctors make decisions following a three way discussion that includes you the patient and the LMC.
You must always contact your LMC first for all pregnancy-related issues. If in doubt, ring them first. You will still need to visit your G.P. for all other health concerns. You will have to pay their consultation fee as it will not be a pregnancy related visit.