Question: Is it possible for a woman to be pregnant for almost 20months or 2yrs? and why? F. (Canada)
Answer: it is not possible for a human pregnancy to carry on for that length of time. The placenta is simply incapable of sustaining a baby beyond, at most, 44 weeks (just under 10 months). With that finite functional life of the placenta which is wholly responsible for fetal sustenance, if delivery does not take place, the baby will die in the womb. Over 60 years ago, there was a report in the United States of a woman, Mrs Beulah Hunter, from Los Angeles whose pregnancy was said to have lasted an incredible 375 days. That is just over a year. Delivery was in 1945 but those were the days when there was no pregnancy tests as we know them today let alone an ultrasound scan.
Question: I’m about 5 weeks pregnant and I’m bleeding. S.
Question: I'm six weeks pregnant and started bleeding no pain no clots just really
bright blood started yesterday still have today but very light bleeding. Have i lost
the baby ? A. (Ireland)
Answer: Your problem is similar to the one answered immediately above. Bleeding in early pregnancy, especially if painless, should be treated as a case of ‘threatened’ miscarriage until proven otherwise. The only way you get that clarity is by having an ultrasound scan. This is, regardless of whether the bleeding has stopped or not. Of course if the bleeding gets heavier or you develop pain, that would not be a good sign and should be treated as an emergency.
Question: Hello. My wife had a miscarriage in Jan 2008 when she was about 1 month pregnant. Prior to that another Doc had said she had hormonal imbalance and without laparoscopy she would not be able to conceive. So, we proved the first doctor wrong when she got pregnant, only unfortunately, to miscarry in Jan 2008.She again conceived in late 2008 (her first period date was I think 18/Nov/2008 (due date 25/Aug/09). She lost the baby in the womb on 9/Aug/2009 due to IUGR because Doc could not judge or interpret the situation correctly. She conceived again in 2010 - first day of period was 6/6/10. First U/S was okay in it gave a due date of 15/Mar/11. She miscarried after an U/S confirmed that on 28/Aug/10. I want to know what's going on if she will have a successful pregnancy again in future. She is 36 now. Can the 3 failed pregnancies be linked to get to the root of the cause? I understand that different doctors will have different opinions and interpretations. Many Thanks. H. (Kenya)
Answer: A quite heart rending story. There is a real possibility the events in these pregnancies are connected but that is far from certain. I am not sure what your wife’s first doctor meant by saying pregnancy wouldn’t happen without laparoscopy. I can only guess that perhaps your wife had features of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and the doctor was offering to perform ovarian drilling. In any case, that is academic as your wife has managed to conceive three times. The two miscarriages could be a sign of an underlying antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) which also, incidentally, can cause intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and even stillbirth. I have made a lot of assumptions with the limited information I have but if we were to look for a possible common cause, that will certainly be a prime candidate. I would suggest that, if facilities allow, your wife should have tests done to actively establish or rule out APS before she starts trying again for a baby. If this is not possible, it may be worthwhile just to go ahead and take daily low-dose (75mg) Aspirin as soon as a pregnancy is confirmed. This can’t do any harm but has a potential of doing a lot of good. Aspirin should not be taken in the pre-conception phase. I do really hope things work out for you and your wife soon.