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Where your growing family belongs.

Pregnancy is such a special time for you and your family – from ovulation to postpartum, our team is here for you every step of the way.

Our passion lies in the art of obstetrics, where we wholeheartedly embrace a natural approach to childbirth, yet we are equally dedicated to supporting your unique preferences throughout your pregnancy journey.

Our expertise extends to the management of high-risk pregnancies and intricate vaginal deliveries, including twins, breech positions, and vaginal birth after a previous caesarean (VBAC).

Our team of experienced midwives will accompany you throughout your journey, offering extensive support, including lactation guidance from our on-site specialist.

Our care for you begins with a comprehensive first visit, before ongoing risk counselling tailored to your progressing pregnancy, with personalised birth planning at the hospital of your choice. We are committed to offering comprehensive antenatal care throughout your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Care

What is Antenatal Care?

You may be wondering, what is antenatal care and why is it important?

Antenatal is another word for ‘prenatal’ care, which plays a vital role in promoting the health and well-being of both the mother and developing baby. Our proactive and preventive approach to pregnancy management helps reduce the risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

At Belong O&G, we have designed our antenatal care to ensure the optimal health of both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. You can anticipate attending approximately 10-12 prenatal appointments, although more may be necessary.

In these appointments you'll have the opportunity to meet with both midwives and doctors. The standard schedule of visits typically falls at 10-12 weeks, 15 weeks, 19 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 34 weeks, 36 weeks, and then on a weekly basis thereafter.

In keeping with our holistic approach to women's well-being, your first visit includes a consultation with both a midwife and your obstetrician. This thorough appointment involves measuring vital signs, routine pregnancy blood tests, cervical screening and an ultrasound to confirm your due date. Additionally, we'll discuss options for screening tests to assess the risk of genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome.

Crucial assessments throughout your journey include a morphology ultrasound at 19-20 weeks and an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test at 28 weeks, aimed at excluding pregnancy-related diabetes. Finally, at the 36-week mark, you will have a dedicated appointment to discuss birth preferences and expectations before, during and after your birth, with an option to screen for Group B Streptococcus.

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Hospitals for birth

We find where you belong.

Our dedicated team of midwives work with you to decide which hospital is right for you. At Belong O&G, we provide private pregnancy care and labour management at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and The Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Before 20 weeks, our team will ensure you have been booked into your preferred hospital, providing you with peace of mind.

If any part of your pregnancy necessitates hospital admission, we can conduct daily assessments at the hospital that best suits your care requirements.

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Antenatal Classes

Classes for you.

Each hospital we connect you with will provide their own antenatal, labour and parenting class program, which can be accessed after booking your chosen institution.

Additionally, we provide monthly classes for Dads at our clinic taught by a male midwife, one-on-ones with a midwife and lactation consultant to assist with breastfeeding or antenatal expressing planning. Plus one-on-one sessions with our in-house physiotherapist Rose who provides knowledge for labour skills and pain management.

If you have further interest, our team of midwives and doctors are happy to provide information about several other options, available through independent organisations and midwives.

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Eat a healthy varied diet which includes fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, dairy and lean meats or protein alternatives. Intake of omega-3 fatty acid in pregnancy improves the health of yourself and your baby, it is recommended you have 2-3 serves of safe fish per week (such as canned tuna and salmon).

Visit the Women's and Children's Hospital website for more resources on healthy eating in pregnancy. 

  • Unpasteurised milk or food made from raw milk
  • Pate, dips and soft cheese
  • Raw eggs in food: mayonnaise, mousse, batter
  • Raw or precooked meats or poultry
  • Uncooked, smoked or chilled pre-cooked seafood
  • Pre-prepared salads and coleslaws
  • Large deep sea fish with high levels of mercury

  • Keep it cold: refrigerate all foods
  • Keep it clean: wash hands, fruits/vegetables, instruments properly
  • Keep it hot: reheat foods to steaming
  • Cook foods completely

High levels of alcohol during pregnancy can affect the development of your baby. There is no safe level of alcohol intake in pregnancy and so it is recommended to avoid alcohol completely.

Having too much caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy complications, and high levels of caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, cola drinks) can increase early miscarriage rates. It is recommended to limit caffeine during pregnancy, and there are resources online that can help you with understanding this. 

Although you do need to be careful about taking vitamins or any other kind of supplements if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, there are some supplements that are highly recommended. 

It is recommended that all women take Folate 500mcg per day (5mg per day for specific high risk women) and Iodine 150mcg per day. Other supplements may be recommended depending on your specific situation.

As your baby grows, you are likely to gradually gain weight. 

Every woman’s weight gain in pregnancy varies but the average weight gain is between 11.5-16kg over the course of the pregnancy. Your optimal weight gain will vary depending on your pre-pregnancy weight:

  • If you are underweight, you will need to gain more than average
  • If you are overweight, you will need to gain less than average

Regular aerobic exercise and strength training with light weights, body resistance or resistance bands is beneficial for your pregnancy. 

For women with an uncomplicated pregnancy:

  • If regularly exercising, continue moderate exercise for 30mins most days
  • If not regularly exercising, begin exercising. 15-20mins 3 times a week and increase slowly
  • You should listen to your body and adapt your exercise throughout your pregnancy, ensuring to avoid exercises lying flat on your back after the first trimester.

The Women's and Children's Hospital offers some good resources with regards to physiotherapy and exercise in pregnancy, and there are many other resources available. 

Smoking in pregnancy exposes your baby to harmful chemicals, and increases the risk of preterm delivery and growth problems. 

It is highly recommended that the quit smoking before or during pregnancy.

For assistance, call Quitline 13 78 48

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, often referred to as 'morning sickness' is most commonly experienced during the first trimester, and despite it's name, can happen at any time of the day or night.

There are several ways you can try and combat this including;

  • Eat small, frequent, low fat meals
  • Eat before or as soon as you are hungry as an empty stomach can aggravate nausea
  • Sip cold fluids frequently – try icy half strength Gatorade/Powerade, weak cordial, diluted juice, ginger ale or lemonade
  • Avoid spicy or fatty foods
  • Have a lolly or favourite taste to get the ‘yuck’ taste out of your mouth – butter menthol, butterscotch, boiled sweet
  • Try to sleep and rest when you can

Check with your doctor about what options there are for supplement, prescription or over the counter medication that may help.

Some women may experience a severe form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy known as hyperemisis gravidarum, which may require medicine and intravenous fluids to combat.

Constipation is extremely common in early pregnancy and is often made worse by dehydration from nausea and vomiting and by certain medications used to treat your vomiting. Try to stay well hydrated and eat some extra fibre or fruit such as prunes and pears. 

Many medications are available over the counter at your pharmacy:

  • Benefibre or Metamucil sachets twice a day
  • Coloxyl 1-2 tablets twice a day
  • Lactulose 20ml 1-3 times a day

Bleeding during pregnancy is understandably distressing, but does not always mean you are having a miscarriage, or that there is a problem with your baby. 

However, it is important that you contact the rooms or hospital so that appropriate investigations can be arranged.

  • Monday-Friday: Belong O&G on 8239 2811
  • After hours/weekends: The Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 8161 7535

If you feel your bleeding is an emergency, please go directly to hospital.

Abdominal discomfort and pain in pregnancy can be common. Depending on your stage of pregnancy, the causes and treatments will differ.

Pain in early pregnancy can have many causes. It is important that you see a doctor to assess your pain, especially if you are yet to have your first ultrasound scan showing where the pregnancy is located. It is important that you contact the rooms or hospital so that appropriate investigations can be arranged.

  • Monday-Friday: Belong O&G on 8239 2811
  • After hours/weekends: The Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 8161 7535

If you feel your pain is an emergency, please go directly to hospital.

During pregnancy, the ligaments in your back and pelvis become softer and stretch in preparation for birth. As a result, it is common to have more stress on your pelvis and lower back leading to pain or discomfort. 

Simple exercises, physiotherapy, pilates or yoga can be extremely beneficial for caring for your body and preventing some of the discomfort.

Sometimes called 'false' or 'practice' contractions, Braxton Hicks contractions are a tightening feeling in the abdomen that comes and goes. 

They are a normal part of pregnancy and help to get the uterus ready for birth.


At Belong O&G, we’re more than just a team of dedicated professionals. We offer holistic care with an integrated approach to women’s health, including gynaecology.