Frequently asked questions

Some of the most commonly asked questions....

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What is an LMC Midwife? 

A Lead Maternity Care Midwife is a midwife that works in the community looking after her own caseload of pregnant women. She is (usually) a specialist in primary care and will work with women and their families from pregnancy through birth and the first six weeks postpartum. She provides 24/7 cover for her clients as opposed to hospital based or 'core' midwives who work shifts in maternity units and hospitals and don't carry a caseload. All midwives work across the scope of midwifery skills and are particularly awesome and wonderful creatures. We have a wealth of professional training that we bring with aroha and integrity to the  work we do.

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What can I do about morning sickness?

Hormone levels rise rapidly and are vital to sustain a healthy pregnancy. This can lead to nausea and/or vomiting which is usually short lived. Mostly things have settled by 14-16 weeks pregnant.

Your blood sugars can fluctuate wildly during this time also and there are suggestions that this can be responsible for your morning sickness so there's a few easy things you can do to keep it at bay.

  1. Eat little and often to help keep blood sugars stable and your stomach acid quiet.

  2. have a snack and warm water in a flask by your bedside that you can nibble on when you wake first thing in the morning or middle of the night. . Crystallized ginger and gingernut biscuits are great.

  3. in fact, ginger is a GREAT natural anti-emetic (anti-nausea) full stop. Have it every which way you can - sliced fresh in warm water, powdered in your food, grated into soups and miso. Get creative!

  4. you can wear motion sickness acupressure bands if you are nauseated through the day. Can be bought on line or in pharmacies.

  5. Acupuncture is great for the more severe nausea and Aspiring Midwives have a trusted local practitioner that they recommend.

  6. Keep hydrated as much as you can. At least 45ml per kg per day for adequate hydration.

  7. Speak to Linda about homeopathic remedies and how they can help.

In severe cases, re-hydration therapy may be required so make sure you let the team know if you're really suffering with nausea and vomiting.

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When should I call you?

While its not unusual to get light (and even heavy spotting or bleeding) in early pregnancy, there are times when you should absolutely call us regardless of the time.

  1. heavy vaginal bleeding that is soaking through a pad in less than an hour.

  2. constant pain anywhere in your abdomen or chest that can't be relieved by painkillers or movement.

  3. if both bleeding and pain are happening together.

  4. if you think your waters may have gone - you'll know this from a sudden gush of fluid from the vagina without any urge to pee.

  5. if you get a weird headache with or without visual disturbances especially if it occurs with any chest or back pain. Your blood pressure could be elevated.

  6. after 28 weeks if you feel baby's movements have slowed or stopped but please see the FAQ about reduced movement before you call.

Please do not text if you think your problem is serious - we may not hear or see it - always call.

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Can I have sex when pregnant?

The short answer is yes!

Your libido can vary a lot through your pregnancy but as long as there's no clinical indication why you can't be fully intimate with your partner then work away.

We'd advise you choose positions where you can chose the depth and rhythm of the motion. Obviously this will change as your belly becomes fuller.

You should abstain from intercourse in the following situations...

  1. If you have vaginal bleeding then abstain for at least a week. If it happens again then you will be advised to leave it at least 3 weeks or stop until baby comes. Remember that you need to tell the team if you're experiencing bleeding with intercourse as it needs to be investigated.

  2. if you know that you have a low lying placenta then you'll be advised about avoiding penetrative sex as it may cause bleeding.

  3. if you have had premature labour or a very shortened cervix or surgery to your cervix, you may be advised to refrain from intimacy for the rest  of the pregnancy.

Sex toys are generally safe to use when pregnant but be diligent about cleanliness and hygiene and avoid any devices that deliver a strong electric current.

If you are asked to refrain from intercourse, there are many creative and loving ways that you can be intimate with your partner during pregnancy so be creative!