Antenatal appointments

Being pregnant is a tough gig – feeling sick, mood swings and then on top of all of that? So many appointments to try to understand and figure out which option is best for you.

1.The first appointment you should schedule is with your local GP to determine pregnancy, this is normally completed via a pregnancy test and then a blood test. The doctors will also check your blood for iron.

2. Your first ultrasound! This ultrasound determines how far along you are. Such an exciting ultrasound, even though there is not always a lot to see, it’s the first bonding you will have with this little miracle growing inside of you!

3. The harmony test or Ultrasound – there are two different options you can take for the next steps. The first option is the harmony genetic test, and also covers gender! The other option is a 12 week ultrasound.

4. The next and final ultrasound is the anatomy ultrasound, your baby is measured from head to toe and this scan is normally completed around 18-19 weeks. If you have opted to go public, this will be the last ultrasound you receive, unless the doctor deems in necessary for additional ultrasounds (normally growth scans)

5. You normally attend your first antenatal appointment at around 20 weeks at the hospital you will attend. In these appointments you will be weighed, you will go through your medical history and the midwives will complete a doppler for your babies heart rate in these appointments. These appointments will occur every four weeks and once you reach 35 + weeks, every week or fortnight.

Tips & Tricks for your next Ultrasound

Ultrasounds when it comes to babies can be super difficult, as some babies can be very stubborn! The baby is the boss, not me, I’m just the photographer.

We’ve come up with a list below to assist with your upcoming appointment with Oh Hey Baby!

Water intake

Hydration is key in the lead up to your 3D Ultrasound, I suggest drinking at least 1.5 -2L of water a day a week prior, this can have a huge effect in the clarity of your images.

Waking baby up

I offer sour sweets in all of my sessions to assist waking baby up, also ice cold water is offered – if these methods don’t work we do a mini work out to move bub around and help with waking baby up.

Music

I play music in all of my sessions, it adds that little bit extra to your session and I also feel it plays a part in relaxing baby and assisting giving me good shots (this is my personal opinion!)

Anterior Placenta’s

I have had hundreds of anterior placentas with the 3D ultrasounds, my machine is resilient enough to slice through the placenta to bubs face, in saying this I do need a good amount of fluid in front of bubs face so the machine doesn’t mistake bub’s face for the placenta and starts to slice through it. A lot of success with anterior placentas is hydration & position of baby.

Relax

Relax and have fun, come with an open mind to your appointment with no set expectation, I always feel being uptight or nervous can have an effect on the turn out of your ultrasound.

Pregnancy Problem House

I’ve decided in this weeks blog to discuss a non for profit organization in Perth, that is close to my heart, this is a personal share for me – but I think it’s important for pregnant girls in need of help know resources available in Perth.

When I was 16 years old, I fell pregnant with my boyfriend. I was extremely nervous about my future ahead and about him also, he didn’t have a job and was older then me but pretty immature.

I had left school and was completing a traineeship for a phone company in Balcatta. I’d catch a bus, a train and then another bus to my work and on the way I’d stare out the window and had noticed a place called the “pregnancy problem house” before I fell pregnant I used to see it on my way to work and on my way home, so it was pretty etched into my head.

I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a baby, I was so young and I had so much I wanted to achieve in my life and did feel like a baby would hold me back from achieving those dreams.

I went to the doctors and got a referral for a termination, my mind was set but for some reason, the memory of the pregnancy problem house kept entering my mind. So I decided to make an appointment.

My appointment date came and I went in and spoke to a pregnancy problem house councilor, there was no judgement from her end, but she showed me photos and stories of other girls who were my age and kept their pregnancies and were now thirty years old with great careers, and married with other children. These stories inspired me and gave me the strength to realize that it could be done, and everything would work out just fine.

That was thirteen years ago, I now have a beautiful thirteen year old girl and have recently had another beautiful little baby girl!

I’ve worked myself up the corporate ladder, and at one point in my career became a National Operations Manager for an Australian wide facility management company, leading a team of almost fifty staff and various contractors around Australia.

I’ve done a lot in the last thirteen years with my life, but I have to say my biggest achievement was becoming and conquering parenthood in my teenage years and raising a beautiful, sassy, confident baby girl who is now a teen herself. Sure, some times were harder than others but I wouldn’t ever change it for the world!!!

In my last pregnancy I was able to see my baby in 3D which helped me to bond with her and see her face before birth something that wasn’t available to me 13 years go, with not a lot of 3D ultrasound places in Perth available, it was a clear decision for me to gather the training I needed and enter as a business. It has been a passion for me, and I absolutely love showing couples their baby. Every 3D Ultrasound has been so rewarding for me. So… if you are wanting a 3D ultrasound in Perth, you have certainly come through to the right place!

I am now working as a service provider for the pregnancy problem house in Perth, something which I am extremely proud of and want to help every single one of you struggling out there!

If you are ever are in need of some assurance or non judgmental help with your pregnancy, I urge you to make an appointment with the pregnancy problem house for a chat, who have two locations now in Perth -it could change the path you take or maybe it was always your path…!

With love,

Kristel

Founder

Oh Hey Baby!

In the beginning…

We wanted to let all of our beautiful clients and clients to be – know that we are currently under a rebrand from our initial business name we’ve had since the beginning…

We’ve decided to change our current business name from “Little Beginnings” to “Oh, hey baby!” all our social media, logos and website will be swapped over in the next coming weeks.

We wanted to go with a name that really gave the business some personality and a pop of colour, which suits such an exciting time for expectant parents.

Our amazing service and prices will stay the same, just a little name change and a splash of colour.

With love,

OHB