Please note that the medical information given below is general in nature and may not be relevant to your specific pregnancy or condition. Please speak to Dr Miller or his midwives if you have any concerns prior to following this advice.
What can I take for a headache?
Generally it is safe to take paracetamol and codeine containing preparations such as Panadol, Panadeine, and Mersyndol. Anti-inflammatory medications such as Nurofen, Ponstan and Voltaren should not be taken during pregnancy. If headaches persist, you have an unusually severe headache, or you have any other symptoms associated with your headache then you must contact Dr Miller's office or the hospital for advice.
How can I manage my reflux?
Gastrointestinal reflux is very common in pregnancy, and often gives a burning or acid type sensation in the lower throat or upper abdomen. Common antacids such as 'Mylanta', 'Gavison' and 'Rennies' are generally safe to take at any stage during the pregnancy and are recommended to try first. Ranitidine (common brand 'Zantac'), is also safe to take but do not take this at the same time as the antacids as the antacids will prevent you from absorbing the ranitidine properly. Having smaller meals less often and avoiding spicy food will often help also.
What can I take for a cold or the flu?
Usually a head cold does not cause any serious pregnancy problems. You should avoid taking cold and flu tablets as some of the active ingredients are not recommended during pregnancy. Paracetamol is safe to take, as are common throat lozenges such as 'Buttermenthol' and 'Anticol'. Resting, in keeping your fluid intake adequate are important things to do. There is some evidence to say that taking additional vitamin C may also help get over a head cold.
The flu can potentially be more serious. The flu commonly causes sore throat, muscle aches and pains and a fever. If you get the flu, then you should try to bring your temperature down by taking regular paracetamol and ensuring adequate fluid intake. Please give Dr Miller's office a call if you become unwell or fail to get better within a few days. Having the flu vaccination is highly recommended when available during flu season.
Can I have sexual intercourse during pregnancy?
For most women there is no problem having sexual intercourse during pregnancy unless you have have been specifically advised not to. Sometimes the vagina will feel more sensitive and less well lubricated during pregnancy, so using a water-based personal lubricant is often helpful. Sometimes intercourse can cause a small amount of brown or blood discharge afterwards, if this occurs then abstain for a little bit. This is more common for women in their second and subsequent pregnancies.
Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?
How often should I feel my baby kick?
Most women will start to feel the baby move after about 19 or 20 weeks pregnant. Sometimes this is earlier in second and subsequent pregnancies. Baby's movements can be a bit erratic until 28 weeks pregnant, but you should be feeling the baby move at least every day.
After 28 weeks it is important to keep an eye on the movements a bit more closely to ensure that you are feeling regular movements through the day. The baby should not go for much longer than about two hours without kicking at all, although you may not notice the movements if you have been busy or distracted. It is worthwhile just keeping an eye on the movements after 28 weeks, and if you have not felt the baby move for a while then pay attention to your baby, have a glass of water or give your tummy a gentle touch. If you feel no movements after about two hours of actively trying to feel the baby move, then you should call Dr Miller's office or call the hospital that you are registered at to have your baby.
Did Dr Miller deliver his own babies?
No, he enjoyed being on the 'other side'.