Question: Hi, I’m 9 weeks pregnant and I have terrible morning sickness. I can hardly keep anything down. The doctor has prescribed me maxolon but I’m scared of taking any medicine in case it harms the baby. Can I take this? M.N. (UK)
Answer: Maxolon or to give it its generic name Metoclopromide, is an antiemetic (anti-sickness) drug that has been used to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy for many years. Its safety in pregnancy is not in doubt. The only challenge encountered in using this is, since you are supposed to take this orally, you may find that it does not stay down long enough to have the desired effect. Alternative anti-sickness drugs used safely in pregnancy include Stemetil (Prochlorperazine). This is available in sub-lingual as well as rectal suppositories, modes of administration which skirt around the problem of vomiting. Another is Cyclizine, also under the brand name Valoid. This too is safe in pregnancy
Question: i am going for an interview this week, should i reveal that i am pregnant.
I really want the job and if i did get it i would need to go on maternity leave about
4 months later, if i do tell them, i can't see me being considered?, if i don't tell
them and get the job then reveal, they may not like it. Am i obliged to say at interview
stage? what should i do? C. (UK)
Question: My daughter in law is in hospital after her waters went. She is only 4½ months pregnant. Is the baby going to be alright? V.G. (UK)
Answer: Four and a half months means she is at the half way mark (19-20 weeks)in this pregnancy. If membranes have definitely ruptured and amniotic fluid is draining, the prospects for the baby are not very rosy. When membranes rupture at such an early stage, chances are overwhelmingly that ‘labour’ will ensue. This will, strictly speaking, be a late miscarriage rather than a delivery. There is no prospect of the baby surviving if this were to occur in the next few days. In the unlikely event that the pregnancy does carry on, there is the formidable problem of poor lung development as a result of lack of amniotic fluid. For normal fetal lung development to take place, a normal amount of amniotic fluid is necessary. When membranes rupture, they cannot close up again. It means therefore that, all the amniotic fluid that is made drains straight out. You end up with a state of almost complete absence of amniotic fluid (anhydramnios). In such a situation, even in the rare event that this pregnancy continues to what is regarded as a viable stage (beyond 24 weeks), this baby will be born with severely underdeveloped lungs which are likely to be non-functional. Survival prospects will be close to zero.
Question: i am pregnant and was exposed to measles and chicken pox. Will this affect the baby? S. (Philippines)
Question: Im 36 weeks pregnant in my first pregnancy and I’m really fed up. I find walking up the stairs hard work, I waddle rather than walk, I’m not interested in sex as I feel like a hippo and I haven’t been able to sleep properly for weeks. Everything is sooo hard!! Can I ask for maybe a membrane sweep when I see the midwife on Monday? J. (UK)
Question: On my 20 week scan i was told there were two dark spots/shadows near head and heart and now am sick with worry, is this a definite problem or maybe nothing? are these markers for Downs Syndrome? A. (UK)