Question: I am pregnant 8 months and 2 weeks. Sometimes my baby does not move inside or I don’t feel it move. I am worried about this. what will I do? My doctor preferred scanning me 9th month. What will this scanning help to my delivery? P.
Answer: Whilst it is common for the baby’s movement to appear reduced towards the end of the pregnancy, a significant reduction in movements is and should be a cause for concern. It is sometimes a warning that all is not well with the baby and an assessment is essential and urgent in any such situation. It is true that in many cases, monitoring will give reassuring results. However, there is no way of knowing which baby might actually be in trouble unless proper monitoring is done. Where facilities allow, this will involve an ultrasound scan as well as cardiotocographic (CTG) monitoring. There is really no point in planning a scan at the end of pregnancy because the baby is due to come out anyway and such a plan runs the risk of being done when it is too late. If you are worried about your baby’s rate of activity you should insist that the baby is monitored (now, not later) to ensure its wellbeing. Any conscientious doctor cannot refuse such a request. Best wishes.
Question: I have been advised to use the mirena coil for contraception because my periods are all over the place with the pill. I’m only 25 and was worried this may affect my ability to have children in the future. What’s your opinion? P.F.
Answer: Sometimes when we want something badly, we can get rather impatient. That’s only human. My view is that you are probably being impatient. Three months is nowhere near long enough for you to start worrying. The fact that you already have two children would suggest that you do not have problems and conception will happen in due course. Regarding your specific question on how often you should have intercourse during the ovulation phase, the general advise is that you should aim to have sex on average every 24 hours, that is, at least once a day, in the 5-6 days around your ovulation (see image on the right). Can I also add that you should try to make this process as natural as possible because that minimises the stress that can be associated with having sex for the specific aim of conceiving. That is never good. My best wishes.