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    DR STEVEN TAN OBSTETRICIAN GYNAECOLOGIST

    OBSTETRICS

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    Your pregnancy is an exciting and amazing journey.  Dr Tan will provide you with the utmost confidence and exceptional antenatal care.


    Your Visits

    Dr Tan will see you for your first consultation from 7 weeks of pregnancy.

    Antenatal visits are 4-6 weekly up to 28 weeks; every 2 weeks until 36 weeks after which visits will be weekly until your baby is born. At each visit, Dr Tan will check your blood pressure, baby’s position, growth and heart rate. He has an ultrasound machine available in his consulting rooms for this purpose.

    Dr Tan's priority is to attend deliveries, so occasionally there may be a delay in your appointment. Please be patient. Remember, the next delivery may be yours!


    Antenatal Screening Tests

    Routine investigations include:

    FBC Test for anaemia

    Blood group and antibody testing


    Rubella Immunity to German Measles
    VDRL Testing for Syphilis
    Hep B/C Testing for Hepatitis B and C
    HIV Testing for AIDS
    MSU Testing for urinary infections
    Varicella-Zoster Testing for Chicken pox immunity
    Ultrasound scan Check age and baby (or babies!)


    10 weeks

    NIPT / HARMONY test (99% accuracy for Trisomy 21 and fetal sex)


    11-13 weeks

    Nuchal translucency ultrasound scan (optional - for Down Syndrome)


    18-20 weeks

    Morphology ultrasound scan (to assess baby’s organs and limbs)


    26-28 weeks

    Glucose challenge test (for Diabetes), full blood count, antibody screen


    34-36 weeks

    Low vaginal swab for Group B streptococcus bacteria (for vaginal deliveries)


    Diet

    AVOID soft cheeses - AVOID sushi – AVOID pre-cooked seafood.

    AVOID raw eggs. Thoroughly wash your fresh salad.

    I strongly recommend that you take an Iron/Multivitamin/Folate supplement throughout your pregnancy to reduce the risk of spina bifida in the first trimester and anaemia during your pregnancy. (Blackmores Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Gold Formula – 2 each day).

    Stop smoking. Stop drinking alcohol.