Dr Melissa Delgado, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Obstetrics


Dr Delgado provides comprehensive obstetrics services to care for you during each trimester of pregnancy through to childbirth and postnatal care.

These include regular monitoring on the health of yourself and your baby as your pregnancy progresses, and advice and information on birthing options, through to assistance with the development of parental skills such as infant feeding support and advice on adjustments in the home.

Dr Delgado and her team ensure personalised attention at all stages in a safe, stress-free and non-judgmental environment.

General health advice during pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to ensure a balanced diet with sufficient nutrients that contribute to the healthy development of your baby. For this reason, it’s best to cut down on sugar, salt and fat and avoid junk food. Fruits, vegetables and foods rich in iron and dairy should be part of your daily diet, along with drinking plenty of water.

Good food hygiene practices, such as preparing, storing and refrigerating/freezing food properly, are also extremely important during pregnancy. You may also need dietary supplements such as folic acid or iodine – Dr Delgado can provide advice on this.

It is highly recommended you avoid alcohol consumption during your pregnancy as it can be dangerous to your baby’s health. Any alcohol you consume passes directly through the placenta and enters the baby’s bloodstream, which can lead to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth.
Smoking during pregnancy can also be harmful to your baby, including exposure to second-hand smoke. It is important to avoid smoke-filled environments while pregnant.

You should also try to avoid both indirect and direct exposure to chemicals, including household chemicals, pesticides and chemicals at work. If you work with chemicals, it is best to take maternity leave to avoid exposure during pregnancy.

Engaging in moderate physical activity is safe during pregnancy, but you should avoid excessive activity that might increase stress on your body. Brisk walking, swimming, cycling and yoga are suitable daily activities.

Taking care of your physical health can also have a positive impact on your mental health, such as helping to manage mood swings. A certain amount of anxiety is normal during pregnancy, but if you are feeling depressed you should seek medical help. Minimising stressful situations, plus meditation and breathing exercises, can assist in managing anxiety.

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