What to ask patients contemplating pregnancy
GPs may wonder what to tell patients contemplating a pregnancy if they ask for advice due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.
In Australia, no authorities – including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) – have advised women to postpone pregnancy.
Yet it may be worth asking a few extra questions in addition the usual pre-conception health discussion to prepare would-be parents for what may be ahead, suggests GP and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne Dr Magdalena Simonis in a recent article.
She suggests a few extra questions in addition the usual pre-conception health discussion:
• Is your mental health robust at the moment?
• Are you comfortable seeking care, including emergency care, in a hospital environment that will be very focused on COVID-19 during your pregnancy?
• Are you confident you will have the support you need throughout a pregnancy and with a newborn while maintaining physical distancing from relatives and friends?
• Have you discussed pre-natal testing and learned how to improve your health prior to pregnancy?
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Source: MJA Insight