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You are planning a family

Congratulations – You’re planning a family!

Top tips for first time mums:

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. Here are some tips to help you, your baby, and your partner plan ahead and have a positive birth experience.

Get pre-pregnancy ready

Preparing your body before pregnancy is one of the best ways to help ensure you and your baby enjoy a healthy birth journey.

Preconception health and healthcare focuses on what to do before and between pregnancies to improve the chances of you having a healthy baby. Here are some points to help you get started.

See your doctor

If you’re planning a pregnancy, arrange to talk to your doctor about preconception healthcare and discuss your health history and any medical conditions that could affect your pregnancy.

They will also discuss any previous pregnancy problems, review your current medications, and advise of vaccinations that you may need to take before pregnancy.

Lifestyle adjustments

When planning to become pregnant, there are certain lifestyle modifications that can be made to help ensure yours and your baby’s health including:

  • Cessation of smoking, drinking alcohol and the use of recreational drugs
  • Consideration of the environment – if there are toxic or substances present, or you are in an abusive environment

Your doctor will be able to provide advice on where to seek assistance and support.

Folic acid

Taking folic acid every day before becoming pregnant and during the first month of pregnancy can help prevent major birth defects of your baby’s brain and spine. Discuss the correct dosage with your doctor.

Eat healthily

Some experts believe that food choices can affect your chances of becoming pregnant, but it’s unclear as to why. The best foods for a healthy pre-pregnancy diet are the same as those for general health and well-being and include:

  • Whole grains, healthy fats, proteins, fruit and vegetables, legumes
  • Avoid saturated bad fats such as fried foods, pastries, pies, cakes and biscuits, and sugary drinks.

Regular exercise

Maintain regular exercise before and during pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy, yoga and Pilates are ideal exercises as they build strength, balance, endurance, and muscle tone – all of which help with your conception efforts as well as during pregnancy and labour.

Education to set you at ease and answer your questions

No matter if you’re a first-time mum or you just want to be kept up to date with the latest news and views on baby-birthing and post-natal care, The George Centre is committed to providing access to comprehensive education to you and your family throughout your pregnancy and after your birth. Our regular education sessions will include:

  • Kids CPR classes
  • Mums and bubs yoga classes
  • Hypno-birthing classes
  • Pre-natal classes
  • Post-natal classes including soothing and settling
  • BAAM! – Be An Awesome Mum!


Now you’re pregnant – Make a plan!

Once you are pregnant, it’s time to make a plan. Start by:

Choose a hospital

The George Centre offers exceptional care to new mums and their babies. Our state-of-the-art delivery suites all include birthing baths, and we also have Luxe Suites (for some extra pampering) and a special care nursery (for babies that need some extra attention).

Choose an obstetrician

The George Centre is proud to have some of the region’s leading obstetricians providing private services to their patients in our maternity unit.

Get in touch

Please get in touch and let us know your birth due date and our team will be able to assist you with any questions regarding our services, our list of obstetricians, and how to book into our maternity unit.

Contact us by email at or call us on 1300 022290.

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