THIS IS THE PREGNANCY PHOBIA NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT
Obstetrician Dr Joseph Sgroi at Epworth Freemasons in Melbourne says telling a woman she has tokophobia may actually make things worse.
“I don’t label someone by saying, ‘I think you’re fearful of birth,’ because I think that’s detrimental to being able to support and counsel my patients. Creating trust and rapport during the pregnancy is an important part of helping my patients overcome their fears.”
ANSWERS TO COMMONLY GOOGLED PREGNANCY QUESTIONS
Googling medical symptoms, as temping as it is, can often send the sick into a state of panic. It’s something Dr. Joseph Sgroi sees a lot. He’s an obstetrician, fertility specialist and gynaecologist and witnesses patients often coming to their own conclusions from Google.
So, in the interest of facts (and sometimes peace of mind), we’ve asked Dr Joe to answer some of the most common pregnancy questions his patients look up on the internet.
CAN YOU SAFELY LOSE WEIGHT DURING PREGNANCY?
Dr Joseph Sgroi tells Mamamia while he would never advise a pregnant woman to go on a shake diet, losing weight during pregnancy isn’t always a bad idea.
“We’d be encouraging women who are overweight to be modifying their diet and improving their exercise in order to reduce the chances of diabetes and high blood pressure,” the Melbourne-based obstetrician and gynaecologist says.
WHY DON’T WE SCREEN FOR OVARIAN CANCER
Tragically, over 60 per cent of cases of ovarian cancer are diagnosed after the cancer has spread. That is why doctors like Melbourne obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Joseph Sgroi are crying out for an effective screening test that can detect ovarian cancer in its early stages
“What we’ve currently got – in terms of CA125 and ultrasound scans – actually causes a hell of a lot more anxiety and possibly unnecessary surgery than it does in terms of prevention of ovarian cancer,” Dr Sgroi says.
CAN I STILL HAVE SEX DURING PREGNANCY
“There’s no reason to think that your sex life has to change just because you’re pregnant,” Dr Joe tells Mum Central.
“Some women don’t feel as attractive during pregnancy and this can obviously have an impact on their sex drive. On the opposite side of the coin, some women feel amazing during pregnancy and want sex more. Everyone is different,” Dr Joe says.
THE MUMS WHO HAND DELIVER THEIR OWN BABIES
Of course, it’s not just during a C-section that you can be ‘hands on’ in delivering your baby. Women who have vaginal births can also assist, says Dr Sgroi.
“Once the head and shoulders [of the baby] are out, the mother can gently place her hands in the armpits of the baby and birth the rest of the baby’s body and bring the baby up on to their chest.”?
AN OBSTETRICIAN SHARES THE UNIQUE RITUAL EVERYTIME A BABY IS BORN
Obstetrician Dr. Joseph Sgroi also has a ritual he does after delivering a baby – and it’s guaranteed to make you let out an audible ‘nawwww’.
“I always think of it as their birthday, so we always sing Happy Birthday to the babies,” he told Hello Bump hosts Judd and Monique Bowley.
DID BEING PREGNANT HELPED SERENA WILLIAMS WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN?
Melbourne obstetrician, gynaecologist and IVF specialist, Dr Joseph Sgroi, told Mamamia it is likely Williams’ pregnancy had a positive impact on her performance. And it’s not only because of red blood cells.
“A woman’s aerobic fitness stays the same or improves slightly during pregnancy if she continues to exercise as her maternal symptoms permit,” Dr Sgroi said.
USING PROGESTERONE MAY REDUCE RISK OF MISCARRIAGE
The research found that 2/3 of women who used the hormone progesterone before getting pregnant went on to successfully deliver babies – despite these women having had at least two previous miscarriages.
This topic has been explored before, says obstetrician Dr Joseph Sgroi, from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).?
THE WAY PREGNANCY AND THE PILL CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER
A regular menstrual cycle means a continual turnover of cells in the ovaries. Cancers are formed when the turnover of cells becomes disorganised,” Dr. Joseph Sgroi says. “If you can somehow stop continual turnover – like with the contraceptive pill, childbirth and breastfeeding – it’s postulated that your risk of developing ovarian cancer is reduced.”
“When you’re pregnant, your period stops. These women sometimes go onto breastfeed, and during breastfeeding women do not have menstrual periods,” he continues.