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Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub

Breast-feeding whilst pregnant

Question:   I have conceived whilst still breast-feeding. My daughter is only 7 months old and I’m reluctant to take her off so early. Is this safe for her? The pregnancy was unplanned!!! B. (UK)


Answer: Congratulations! Breast-feeding while pregnant poses no risk to you or the baby in the womb. You can continue if you so wish. You need to continue bearing in mind that your diet has to cater for your needs and that of your breast-fed daughter. About half-way through your pregnancy, the milk will change to colostrum. This has got a different taste and as a result your daughter may become fretful not quite taking to the new taste. Some babies actually wean themselves off at this stage. Other babies take the change in their stride. Some mothers in your situation continue to breastfeed their babies throughout and after delivery. They then feed the newborn alongside the older sibling. This is called tandem feeding. You are OK to continue breastfeeding.



Tingling fingers at 7 months pregnant

Question:  Hi, I’ve got pain and tingling in my hands all the time and it is driving me up the wall. This started a few weeks ago and I’m 7 months pregnant now. Is this going to stop? V.N. (S. Africa)


Answer:  It sounds like you have carpal tunnel syndrome. This is not uncommon in pregnancy especially in the later part which is where you are. The condition is caused by  retention of fluid  in the confined spaces in your hands and fingers. That can cause exactly the symptoms you are describing. There is no completely effective remedy whil still pregnant. Using special splints may relieve the symptoms somewhat. On a more positive note, the problem almost always resolves quickly after the birth.



Multiple caesarean sections

Question:  How many caesareans can I have. I have had 3 and now I’m getting really broody since my youngest started school. My midwife said I should not have another... P (UK)


Answer: There is actually no set number of caesarean delivery a woman should not go beyond. However, it is important to be aware that, with every additional caesarean section, the potential for complications increases. Every individual is different and it is incumbent upon the surgeon performing the last operation to give individualised advice to the woman about the wisdom or otherwise of embarking upon another pregnancy. In some cases, a woman may be strongly advised to avoid another pregnancy after only two caesareans. In other cases, the womb and everything else may be in quite good shape after 3 caesarean sections that there will be no reason to give such advice. In the end, it is up to the individual to make the final decision. If you are considering this, I would suggest you get your GP to contact your last obstetrician to get informed advice on the basis of how things were at your last caesarean.



Sex during pregnancy

Question:  This web site is amazing and thank you for your answer.  I wanna know if intercourse is contraindicated in pregnancy? S. (Egypt)

Answer:  Thank you for your kind compliments. Sex during pregnancy is perfectly OK during pregnancy. There are situations where penetrative sexual intercourse may not be a good idea during pregnancy. These are for instance when there is threatened miscarriage, unexplained vaginal bleeding or where there is known to be major placenta praevia. In all other circumstances, sex is completely OK and that applies throughout the entire duration of pregnancy. You will find a similar question answered here:



Surrogate motherhood

Question:   I do not want children of my own but would like to be a surrogate mother. What do I need to do? V. (Slovenia)


Answer:  As we have  explained in the main section on this subject, surrogacy is governed by distinct rules and regulations in each country. I am not in a position to advise you on the rules in your country but I am sure you should be able to find these from the relevant authorities locally. You may even be able to get all the information you need by doing a search online. The only comment I am going to allow myself to make is that you should refrain from embarking upon this for profit. The common thread in all the rules in different countries is that for potential surrogate mothers the motives should be altruistic.




Prolapse and pregnancy

Question:   I was due to have an operation for a prolapse but now I’ve done a pregnancy test and it is positive. Will they be still able to operate? If not, what is going to happen to the prolapse? B.U. (UK)


Answer: You have not said what type of genital prolapse you have. A genital prolapse could involve the bladder, the bowel (rectum), the womb or a combination of these. The type of surgery you have depends on the type and degree of prolapse. However, what I can state absolutely is that you will not be having whatever surgery was planned now that you are pregnant. This will have to wait until after you have had your baby. I cannot say for sure what will happen to the prolapse because I do not know what type you have. If it is a womb prolapse, these tend to get worse (to varying degrees) with pregnancy.