You will probably have many questions during your pregnancy about the care that we provide, about what’s happening to your body, and about things that may affect your pregnancy.
You can find the answers to some common questions below. If you can’t find the answers below, you can call us on 9416 1205
What are the costs for care with Dr Negri and EMOG?
Dr Negri and his staff believe it is vitally important to be aware of any shortfall between the amount your private health fund and medicare will reimburse you and the fee charged for the service. This is often referred to as “the gap”.
Please feel free to call 94161205 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for any information regarding costs for consultations, pregnancy care and delivery, and fees for gynaecological surgery.
Can I be seen at EMOG if I don't have private insurance?
Of course. For consultations and procedures performed in the consulting rooms you will only obtain a rebate from Medicare, as mandated by the Federal Government, so there is no difference in the cost for those without private health insurance.
For all inpatient care which includes delivering babies and gynaecological surgery this can become very costly without private health insurance. However for some people without private insurance this is an acceptable option.
EMOG does not provide a zero out of pocket bulk billing consultation service.
How often am I seen during my pregnancy?
We schedule antenatal visits as follows:
- first visit betweeen 8–10 weeks gestation
- every 4 weeks until 28 weeks gestation
- every 2-3 weeks until 36 weeks gestation
- every week until delivery
- postnatal visit at 6-8 weeks after delivery.
- This schedule is easily modified based on individual need. There is no restriction on the number of consultations during your pregnancy.
In addition, you can have a consultation with our midwife, Prue, during the pregnancy or after delivery.
You are welcome to make additional appointments if you have any concerns.
What tests will I have during my pregnancy?
We conduct the following tests during your first visit:
- Antenatal screening blood tests (full blood count (FBC), blood group and antibodies, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, rubella and HIV) as currently recommended
- If medically necessary: Thyroid function testing, ferritin (blood iron level), varicella immunity (chicken pox), parvo virus (slap cheek fever)
- Urine test (to check for infection)
- Cervical Screening Tests/Pap smear are best performed at the post natal check, but can be done in pregnancy if indicated.
- Dating ultrasound scan
- Fetal genetic screening is arranged (Down syndrome and Carrier screening).
We conduct the following tests at 20–22 weeks:
- An ultrasound scan of the baby to check its growth, to look for any abnormalities of its development and to identify the placental position.
- Fetal anatomy ultrasound (20 week scan).
We conduct the following tests at 26–28 weeks:
- Gestational diabetes screening
- FBC and blood group antibodies.
- Ferritin levels
We conduct the following tests at 36 weeks:
- Screening for group B strep by vaginal swab.
We conduct the following investigations and interventions as necessary:
- Down syndrome screening – you can find more information about Down syndrome here (link)
- Anti D immunoglobulin at 26 weeks and 34 weeks for women with a negative blood group
- Other tests, based on your circumstances.
How often will I have ultrasounds?
- A dating scan is performed at your first visit with Dr Negri
- A first trimester scan at 12-14 weeks
- A second trimester scan at 20-22 weeks.
- Dr Negri performs ultrasounds for medical reasons at other times during the pregnancy or will refer to a COGU accredited obstetric ultrasound service for detailed third trimester scans
Should I take folic acid?
The current recommendations are that all women who are planning to become pregnant should take 0.5mg of folate daily for at least a month before falling pregnant and continue this for at least the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
If you were not already taking folic acid before you became pregnant, you should start as soon as possible.
What foods should I avoid?
Foods such as unpasteurised cheeses, unwashed vegetables, processed meats (unless cooked) and raw or smoked seafood may rarely contain the bacteria listeria.
Reheated food should be reheated to boiling point.
Coffee and tea can be taken in small amounts during pregnancy.
It appears one cup of coffee a day poses no significant risk to pregnancy. Click Here for more information.
Can I exercise in pregnancy?
Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial and encouraged. Most women can safely maintain their pre-pregnancy level of exercise, although they may tire more easily.
Experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day during pregnancy.
Women with complicated pregnancies or a serious medical condition, or those who exercise at the elite athlete level, may need to modify their program.
As a general rule, contact sports are best avoided. Click Here for more information.
There are a range of pregnancy-specific exercise programs available – e.g. Preggi Bellies, Aquamums, and Pilates and Yoga classes. Click Here for more information.
Can I travel in pregnancy?
Travel and flying in pregnancy are generally safe and not restricted for medical reasons at any gestation.
However, when planning holidays we suggest you check with your airline for any restrictions they impose on flying before you book.
There may be additional precautions according to your circumstances that you should discuss with your obstetrician. Click Here for more information.