Dr. Amol Lunkad and Dr. Ishita Lunkad are happy to see patients who are planning a pregnancy for pre-pregnancy counselling particularly if there are any complicated medical or personal issues. Alternatively, patients may see their GP for a pre-pregnancy check. It is recommended to commence taking a daily Folate supplement one month prior to conceiving. This is to reduce the risk of neural tube defect in the fetus during the first 12 weeks of development. This is available from any chemist or may be taken as part of a pregnancy multi-vitamin. Private hospitals may offer pre-pregnancy seminars and maternity unit tours to introduce you to the facilities. These can be booked by contacting the hospital directly. You do not need to be pregnant to attend the seminar.
If you think you are pregnant you should see your GP to confirm the pregnancy and get an appropriate referral. Most GP’s will order routine early pregnancy blood tests, and sometimes an ultrasound to confirm your due date. When you have confirmed your pregnancy, you can choose to have public or private obstetric care. Private Obstetric care has an out of pocket cost, and you have your own obstetrician caring for you through your pregnancy.