Tips for Healthy Pregnancy

Comprehensive Pregnancy Information with Dr. Anthony Marren


Welcome to our comprehensive pregnancy information guide, brought to you by Dr. Anthony Marren a fertility specialist in Sydney. Whether you’re planning to conceive, currently pregnant, or just seeking to learn more, our guide aims to support you through every stage of pregnancy. Dr. Marren is dedicated to providing expert care and advice, ensuring a healthy and informed pregnancy journey.

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Understanding Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a natural process that occurs when a sperm fertilises an egg, resulting in the development of an embryo. This journey spans approximately 40 weeks, from the last menstrual period to birth, and is divided into three trimesters, each with its unique developmental milestones.

First Trimester: The Beginning of Life

The first trimester is crucial for the development of your baby. During these initial 12 weeks, the foundation for major organs, the nervous system, and the skeletal structure is laid. This period is critical for the embryo’s development and can be a time of adjustment for your body, possibly accompanied by morning sickness, fatigue, and other changes.

Second Trimester: A Time of Growth

The second trimester, weeks 13 to 26, is often marked by the easing of early pregnancy symptoms. During this phase, your baby grows larger and stronger, and you may start to feel your baby’s movements. It’s also during this period that an ultrasound scan can give you a glimpse of your baby and possibly reveal the sex.

Third Trimester: The Final Stretch

The third trimester, from week 27 until birth, is when your baby’s growth and development continue to prepare for life outside the womb. This period is characterised by further physical changes in your body, preparing for childbirth. It’s important to attend regular prenatal appointments during this time to monitor your baby’s health and your readiness for delivery.

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial for a healthy pregnancy and baby. This includes balanced nutrition, regular exercise, avoiding harmful substances, and prenatal care. Dr. Marren emphasises the importance of personalised care, offering guidance tailored to your unique health needs and pregnancy journey.

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

  • Regular Prenatal Care: Schedule regular visits with Dr. Marren for prenatal care to monitor your health and the development of your fetus.
  • Balanced Diet: Ensure a nutritious diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories to support fetal development.
  • Stay Active: Engage in safe, moderate exercise to maintain overall health, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
  • Avoid Harmful Substances: Refrain from smoking, alcohol, and drugs. Discuss any medications with your doctor to ensure they are safe during pregnancy.
  • Educate Yourself: Attend childbirth and parenting classes to prepare for labour, delivery, and parenthood.

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Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Anthony Marren

Dr. Anthony Marren and our dedicated team are committed to supporting you through every step of your pregnancy journey. With expert care, personalised advice, and comprehensive support, we strive to ensure a healthy and fulfilling pregnancy experience.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us. Let’s embark on this beautiful journey together, preparing you for the joyful arrival of your new baby.


To enhance your chances of a healthy pregnancy, begin with a preconception consultation with a fertility specialist like Dr. Marren. It’s crucial to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a balanced diet, maintaining regular physical activity, and getting enough rest. Ensure your diet is rich in essential nutrients like folic acid, which plays a significant role in preventing neural tube defects. Avoiding harmful substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs is important, as is managing any pre-existing medical conditions under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

During pregnancy, a balanced and nutritious diet is paramount for the health of both the mother and the developing fetus. Key nutrients include folic acid, to help prevent neural tube defects; iron, to support the increased blood volume and prevent anemia; calcium, for the development of strong bones and teeth; and protein, which is essential for the growth of fetal tissues and the brain. Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, and iodine are also important for the development of the baby’s nervous system and overall growth.

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy varies depending on your pre-pregnancy weight and overall health. Generally, a weight gain of about 25 to 35 pounds is recommended for women with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI). Women underweight before pregnancy may need to gain more, while those overweight may need to gain less. It’s important to follow a balanced diet and engage in regular physical activity, as recommended by your fertility specialist, to support a healthy weight gain pattern throughout pregnancy.

Most women can safely continue or start moderate exercise during pregnancy, which can help reduce discomforts like back pain, improve sleep, and increase stamina needed for labor and delivery. Recommended activities often include walking, swimming, prenatal yoga, and low-impact aerobics. However, it’s essential to consult with a fertility specialist before beginning any new exercise regimen, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or pregnancy complications. They can provide guidance on safe exercises and help you adjust your workout routine as your pregnancy progresses.

It’s important to be aware of signs that could indicate a problem during pregnancy. These include severe nausea and vomiting that prevents you from keeping food down, significant changes in fetal movement (such as a decrease in activity), any vaginal bleeding, and persistent severe headaches. Other concerning symptoms could include swelling in the face and hands, vision changes, and severe abdominal pain. Promptly contacting a fertility specialist like Dr. Marren if you experience any of these symptoms is crucial, as they may indicate conditions that require immediate medical attention. Regular prenatal visits can help monitor your health and the baby’s development, allowing for early detection and management of potential issues.

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