Pregnancy

Congratulations! No doubt you’re counting the days until your new baby is born. Pregnancy is a journey in itself and it’s essential that you take care of yourself and your growing baby until the big day arrives. 

Here, we provide you with some helpful information to guide you through the physical and emotional changes you may experience during your pregnancy, as well as helpful facts, tips and services.
 

I’m pregnant, now what?

Congratulations! You’re expecting! It’s such an exciting time, but what happens next? Here our maternity experts have created a step by step checklist of what you need to do now.

Understanding your pregnancy

Parent education classes

To help you prepare for your journey into parenthood we’ve designed a range of flexible education class options on both weekdays and weekends, covering a number of topics for you and your support person. Our goal is to empower you as you approach the birth of your baby, and to get ready for the weeks that follow. All classes are two hours long and are taught by a Mater Mothers’ registered midwife or nurse. Find out more about the classes on offer.

Parent education classes
 

Helpful resources during pregnancy

Here we share information on a number of different pregnancy-related topics, including nutrition and dietetics, being active, tips for dads, car safety, and early pregnancy loss.

Mater’s Parenting Support Centre is also available for early parenting support and guidance.
 

I’m pregnant, now what?

I’m pregnant, now what?

Understanding your finances as a private patient

Understanding your finances as a private patient

Choosing your obstetrician

Choosing your obstetrician

What to expect—is this normal?

What to expect—is this normal?

Ask a midwife—FAQs

Ask a midwife—FAQs

Fetal Growth Scan

Fetal Growth Scan

Parent education classes

Parent education classes

First aid for babies classes

First aid for babies classes

Eating well

Eating well

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting

Safe exercises

Safe exercises

Pilates during pregnancy

Pilates during pregnancy

Exercising your abdominal muscles

Exercising your abdominal muscles

On the move

On the move

Managing stress

Managing stress

Pre-existing mental health concerns

Pre-existing mental health concerns

Who can help?

Who can help?

Information for dads

Information for dads

Mater Baby Products

Mater Baby Products

What if baby will need to spend time in NCCU?

What if baby will need to spend time in NCCU?

Pregnancy Assessment Centre 24/7

Pregnancy Assessment Centre 24/7

Early pregnancy loss

Early pregnancy loss

Bereavement support services

Bereavement support services

What happens if my baby is breech?

What happens if my baby is breech?

Moving and resting well in pregnancy

Moving and resting well in pregnancy

Car safety

Car safety

Caring for your new baby

Caring for your new baby

Support after birth

Support after birth

On the move

During pregnancy babies do not move all the time, even when they are perfectly healthy. All healthy babies will be quiet or asleep for short periods of time.

Learning your baby’s movements and what they mean is important as this will help you learn what is ‘normal’ for your baby. For more information about what your baby’s movements mean, click here.

If you are concerned at any time during your pregnancy, or have symptoms such as heavy bleeding or pain, please present to Mater’s Pregnancy Assessment Centre 24 hours 7 days a week (Level 5, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals at South Brisbane) or call 07 3163 7000.
 

Allied health specialist support 

Mater Health and Wellness provides access to a team of leading allied health specialists, providing services including: physiotherapy, psychology, occupational therapy, home-based therapies and nutrition and dietetics. To make an appointment to see our team of experienced specialists, call 07 3163 6000.

 

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For urgent assessment at any stage of your pregnancy, please present to your nearest emergency centre or Mater Mothers’ 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre in South Brisbane.

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