“It is important to understand” says Julia after her scan “These ultrasound scans aren’t standard medical scans – not equivalent to that in a medical ultrasound clinic – for example, internal scans aren’t possible, no films are provided, no medical advice is given”.
Whilst being pregnant is a joy for most, for some, it can also be a time of high anxiety, worry and stress. Early Image is the only facility in Melbourne that offers 24/7, around the clock, reassurance scans for pregnancy.
It is a scan designed solely to relieve stress, high anxiety or worry. As such, we measure your baby’s heartbeat , check the baby’s growth and record your baby’s movement only. We can only scan using a probe on the tummy and we can’t scan anyone less than 6 weeks pregnant.
Early Image provides expecting parents with the opportunity to have a scan 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you don’t even need a doctor’s referral. There are no long queues out in the waiting room meaning that we can have you in and out quickly to alleviate your fears and minimise unnecessary stress.
“ Such a God send to have a 24/7, professional, late night ultrasound place to go to. My husband and I having been trying for 4 years to get pregnant, we were just about to start IVF, and I found out we conceived naturally. I have been constantly stressing about every little thing due to being 6 weeks along. The ultrasound found the sac immediately, tonight has made me feel at ease” said Rachy.
Aleisha’s review on Google said, “When I walked into Early Image I was in a bad place. The 20-week scan I had at 1pm earlier that day did not go to plan. I didn’t see my baby or the heartbeat and was told to just lay back and not to ask any questions. After this I was left sobbing in the car so I decided to I made make a phone call to Early Image and was told I could come in at 3pm that day. After their scan I was so happy, we were having a boy I had seen my baby and his heartbeat! I will be going back to have a 3D scan done there too.
Often Emergency Departments have long wait period and may even turn you away until the next day if they don’t believe the patient’s symptoms are life threatening. Whilst Early Image technicians are not doctors if they do detect an issue with your baby’s heartbeat or movement they inform you and recommend you speak to your GP or attend an Emergency Department immediately.
If you are stressed about your baby please feel free to give us a call on 03 9529 7433 and we will make ourselves available anytime, any day of the week to provide you with the assurance every expectant mother needs and deserves.
If you’re here, it means its nearly time for you to pack your hospital bags.
Its time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Some people start packing as soon as they find out, others may like to leave it until when they start maternity leave. Just remember you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant (earlier for twins)
Hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you when you have your baby. You may want to take a few items from home, such as your own pillows, to make yourself comfortable or some music for during labour. But be aware that hospitals can be short on space.
If you want, pack two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for a stay in the post natal ward. It always helps to be prepared.
If you’re driving to hospital, you could leave the second bag in the car. If you have a straightforward birth, you may leave hospital on the same day and not need the second bag at all.
So what to pack? If we’ve missed anything please let us know in the comments!
For after the birth
For the baby
You’re expecting and excited about it. Yes, but you absolutely miss having a margarita as you lounge by the pool on your last staycation. Think you can’t do this anymore? Think again. There are many ways you can still enjoy that mojito even with a pregnant belly.
1. Mama Sunrise
Want the view of the dawn right at your fingertips? Just grab 2 dashes of grenadine, orange or mango juice (whichever strikes your fancy) and crushed ice and you’re ready for the next step. Half fill your highball glass with crushed ice, add the orange or mango juice, then the grenadine. The grenadine will gradually sink to the bottom mixing with the juice to create the beautiful sunrise effect.
2. Fruity Sangria
Want something more fancy for your pregnancy mocktail? You may want to try the fruity sangria. You’ll just need a litre of pomegranate, 1 cup of mango, 1 sliced orange, and 1 sliced pear. Next, mix the ingredients together in a jug with the fruit slices. Then either chill and serve in a lowball glass or immediately serve with ice.
3. Moscow Mule
Nope, you can’t have vodka, but you can still have some Russian mocktails. The moscow mule is easy to prepare, but hard to forget. Here’s the recipe. ½ cup of club soda, ¼ cup of ginger ale, and 3 tbsp of fresh lime juice. Mix all these in a cool mug with crushed ice and garnish with a lemon wedge. Then, sit by the pool, while sipping your pregnant summer away.
4. Pink Pomegranate Sparkler
Itching to take the champagne flutes out? Why not? This sparkler lets you enjoy your flutes, but without the alcohol. Just get ¾ cup of pink sparkling lemonade, a splash pomegranate juice, and 1tbsp of pomegranate seeds. Pour the seeds into a flute, add the lemonade and juice, and voila! Your baby-safe champagne is ready to enjoy.
5. Safe Sex on the Beach
Who said you can’t have it while you’re expecting? Of course, you can and here’s how. Get ½ cup of sparkling water, ¼ cup of cranberry juice, ¼ cup of grapefruit juice, and ¼ cup of peach nectar. Mix all of them together, and enjoy.
So, when they say you can’t have alcohol while you’re pregnant, they didn’t mean you have to give up your usual summer drinks. Just get into mocktail recipes to keep both mum and bub happy.
Pregnancy is like a rollercoaster; there are always plenty of ups and downs.
Aside from the miserable side effects like morning sickness, uncomfortable sleepless nights and body pains, there just so happens to be some great things about being pregnant. Shocker, right?
With a growing bump, you’ve got the perfect excuse for almost anything, even for getting out of the housework. You can say goodbye to the housework and chores with a simple “I don’t feel up to it” – you will no longer have to put the bins out. It’s also the best excuse to give yourself some extra pampering. Say hello to long scented baths and relaxing massages!
For the next nine months you are guaranteed to be getting a lot more attention from those around you. You’ll be taken care of by your family, friends and partner and they will help make this journey go by smoother for you.
Not only will you be given attention from those around you, the outside world will take plenty of notice too. Look forward to plenty of smiles and kind gestures from total strangers. From people holding the door for you, offering their seats to you and carrying heavy things for you – you’ll be feeling very special in no time.
Pregnancy hormones can result in a fabulous head of hair and fingernails during your pregnancy. Many people notice a change in the health of their hair, which makes it stronger and glossier than ever before!
Did we mention cleavage? In the early stages of pregnancy, your breasts tend to grow bigger as blood flow increases, breast tissue changes and milk ducts form. That’s why it’s common for breasts to go up by a cup size or two during pregnancy. For those who were born with smaller boobs, it’s your chance to flaunt them and see how the other half live!
Once the morning sickness subsides and the cravings kick in – you’ll be loving life! Although you do not have to eat for two, you can indulge in your cravings with little guilt or worry!
These are practically a requirement for all pregnant women. You no longer have to feel guilty about sneaking in a few refreshing naps during the daytime!
You’ll never forget those first few moments. From those first little kicks and squirms, a hiccup or seeing them on an ultrasound scan – there will never be a dull moment when it comes to the new life inside of you.
Who doesn’t love shopping? You’ll have plenty of time to help choose some adorable little baby clothes, new furniture and decorate the nursery in time for the arrival of the little one.
The anticipation keeps it exciting. From the beginning to the end, there are plenty of fun and nervous moments. From keeping it a secret, the look of excitement and surprise when you tell your family, finding out the gender, and picking out a name – there are endless joyful moments during a pregnancy.
What did/do you love about being pregnant?
We have all heard a wives tale or two about pregnancy, but there are SO many! How do you know what ones are actually accurate? We did a bit of research and took a closer look at some common myths:
Not true folks! This issue has been rather topical recently with Michelle Bridges in the media. A number of health experts have come out in support of Michelle Bridges and have stated that it is perfectly okay to exercise during pregnancy. It really is a matter of how much.
Michelle Bridges is an exceptionally fit person so what may look like a lot for us really isn’t for others. We suggest cutting back to 70% of your normal routine while pregnant. So if you normally jog 10kms there is nothing wrong with a jog, but why not strip it back and not go over 7kms?
This is an old one that strangely still gets thrown around. According to Time, carrying a baby actually requires 300 extra calories a day. This means you should be eating for about one and a fifth. So keep the overeating to a minimum – it’s actually better for the baby’s health too. Nutritious foods are the way to go mums-to-be!
You CAN! Good news for all the caffeine addicts out there! While it has been deemed as safe for pregnant women to drink coffee it is important to not go overboard.
A small cup of coffee a day is usually fine, however it is worth checking this with your own doctor to make sure any underlying health conditions will not be impacted.
What’s the weirdest pregnancy myth you have heard?