Antenatal care for you during pregnancy

During your pregnancy, the health and wellbeing of you and your baby will be priority number one. Your body will likely change in ways you never imagined. In those weeks of anticipation your doctor will keep a watchful eye on your antenatal health. Health services such as physio, dietitian visits and dental check-ups can also help you to keep on top of your health.

All your routine physical examinations, screening tests ultrasounds will be arranged by your GP, midwife or obstetrician.

No matter who you choose to manage your care, the focus will be on your individual preferences. This includes your social, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs and expectations.

At your first appointment your doctor will discuss your schedule of antenatal visits. Your schedule of visits may vary depending on how far along you are when you first see your doctor and your health and risk factors.

The cost of these antenatal consultations and specialist tests such as pathology, radiography and ultrasound, will be partially covered by Medicare.

If you have extras cover, you should consider how other health services can support you during your pregnancy.

  • Hydrotherapy or physiotherapy can help soothe away any back, neck or pelvic aches and pains.
  • Extras cover could pay a benefit if your doctor suggests you see a dietitian.
  • Pregnancy hormones can make you susceptible to gum disease during pregnancy. So it’s recommended you visit your dentist early on– just make sure you let the dentist know you’re pregnant.

Most private hospitals run childbirth and early parenting education classes. The hospital where you’ve chosen to have your baby will let you know when you and your partner should attend. Depending on your level of cover, private health insurance will often pay a benefit towards the cost of antenatal classes.

As you approach your baby’s birth, your antenatal appointments will be more frequent but shorter in duration. At each visit your doctor will test the amount of protein in your urine and keep a close eye on your blood pressure – both of which can indicate a complex medical condition known as pre-eclampsia.

Antenatal care ensures your health and your baby’s health is closely monitored throughout your pregnancy. To find out more about your pregnancy options, see our brochure, Your pregnancy, your choice.


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Article by: Defence Health