Postnatal care | Dr Anu Mahadik | Obstetrician Sydney


Postnatal care | Sydney Obstetrician Dr Anu Mahadik

What is a postnatal review?

A postnatal review or postpartum visit is a routine check-up 6 weeks after you have given birth. Over the 6 weeks since you gave birth your body will have been recovering and you will be adjusting to new routines and being a parent. Your baby will be changing and growing every day.
Postnatal care | Sydney Obstetrician Dr Anu Mahadik

Postnatal care | Sydney Obstetrician Dr Anu Mahadik

What happens during a postnatal review?

In this appointment your doctor will:

  • Examine your abdomen to check your uterus has contracted back down properly and the healing of your caesarean wound or tearing if applicable
  • Weigh you and provide advice about healthy weight loss
  • Take your blood pressure
  • Perform any immunisations you still need

You may be sent for follow up tests:

  • A blood test to check iron levels if you have been anaemic or have blood loss
  • A CST if you are due for one (to be conducted three months after birth)

You should speak to your doctor for advice about any concerns you have, such as:

  • Sore breasts or difficulties breastfeeding
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Releasing unexpected wind or small bowel movements.

You may be instructed to perform pelvic floor exercises.

Your baby will also have examinations at this session and the details added to your baby’s book (such as weight). They will check that your baby’s hearts, lungs, spine and genitals are developing as expected (e.g that the testicles have descended and that the vagina looks normal). Your doctor will also be checking that your baby can smile and can focus on and following objects with their eyes.

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Frequently asked questions about pregnancy care

Across all trimesters of your pregnancy you should:

  • Avoid foods that may contain listeria bacteria as this can cause fetal death (unpasteurised milk, soft cheeses, cold processed meats, pre-cut fruit and salads, pâté, raw seafood and smoked seafood)
  • Wash raw vegetables and thoroughly cook all foods from animals to avoid listeria
  • Avoid eating uncooked or undercooked meat to avoid toxoplasmosis
  • Avoid cleaning cat litter boxes
  • Quit smoking, alcohol and other drugs
  • Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Reduce your caffeine intake
  • Discuss all over-the-counter drugs you take or are prescribed with your doctor or pharmacist
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of water
  • Regular low intensity exercise at least 3 times a week

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Consulting at Norwest and St George Private Hospitals

My consulting rooms are at Burbank Place, Norwest which is near Norwest Private Hospital. If you are preparing for your antenatal care and looking for the best and most suitable solution, you can count on my practice to help you. If you live northwest of Sydney CBD, or near the M2 or M7, you may find my practice in Norwest suitable for your antenatal care consultations.

If you live in the Sydney CBD, or south of Sydney, you may be best served by coming to my rooms in Kogarah, at St George Private Hospital Medical Suites.

I come from a family of doctors and it has always been my intuitive first choice to become an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. I basically grew up in it, with my father being one of the co-founders of a series of IVF clinics in India. Care for mothers and the babies they are expecting has always been my first nature and I am grateful for being able to serve my patients in their journey.
So if you are in that phase where you are not sure how to choose a private obstetrician in Sydney, let’s have a chat so we can plan your antenatal care together.

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