Question: I sadly ended our pregnancy's at 20 weeks due to Dandy Walker. Why has this happened twice...??? We have no family history of this and we both healthy and young. V. (Australia)
Answer: It is important to be aware that Dandy Walker malformation recurrence is not rare. The quoted figure of risk of recurrence is 1-5%. That means, any woman who has had a baby affected by the condition has at least a 1 in 100 chance that it will happen again. That risk could be as high as 1 in 20. In fact that is not even the whole story. A proportion of Dandy Walker malformation cases are due to a type of genetic disorder that puts the risk of recurrence significantly higher at 1 in 4 (25%). This type is relatively rare. In reference to your question about your general health and youth, in fact neither of those factors (age and general health) have any bearing on the risk for this condition. Dandy Walker is a complex condition with noted variation in underlying genetic or chromosomal disorder. It can, therefore, be quite difficult to pin down and certainly impossible to offer a test for parents to check on their risk of having an affected baby. Apart from genetic factors, other risk factors include use of warfarin in the first trimester of pregnancy and exposure to infections such as Rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Toxoplasmosis. You may also be interested in the answer to a fairly similar question we received before which you can find here: I hope everything works out well for you in the future.
Question: I am having my menses right now. Can i visit the doctor for ultrasound during such days?? S. (India)
Answer: It really depends on what you are having the scan for. Technically, there is no problem with doing the test when a woman is menstruating. However, even though you may not mind, the person performing the test may not be too keen to do with when there is active vaginal bleeding especially if it is going to involve a transvaginal approach.
Answer: Your question is far too brief for me to know what you actually want to know. If you are asking whether it is safe to engage in sports after pregnancy, the answer is definitely yes. We have, in fact, covered this ‘Sports and exercise after pregnancy’ in a dedicated section. Just click to get there.
Question: My daughter is due her cancer jab on wed but has been on penicillin for the last week as she has had tonsilitis. How safe is it for her to get the jab still being ill. D.D. (UK)