Question: Hi there, I'm experiencing period like symptoms and I'm 11 weeks pregnant Is this common? Got a bit of pain and a show of blood not a lot just when I wipe really. I have read bleeding can common? T.G. (UK)
Answer: You are right. Bleeding in early pregnancy is not uncommon. What you are describing does probably qualify to be called ‘threatened miscarriage’ even though the impression I get is that the bleeding is quite minimal. If you have had a booking scan already I think you can be reassured. However, if you haven’t had a scan in this pregnancy, it would be worthwhile to contact your doctor to have this arranged.
Question: Please help us my niece had a anencephaly. She's trying to survive until know she alive.And she’s in the house. Hospital said that she’s hopeless but i think she's getting okey.What will i do or can you help us please? S.F. (Philippines)
Question: My boy is 2 yrs old and has haemoglobin AS.He falls sick quite often and constantly complains of pain in his body parts,can a sickle cell carrier behave like a sickler and is this situation permanent? what are the remedies? M.O. (Kenya)
Answer: Children (and even adults) with sickle cell trait have normal health, unlike those with sickle cell disease (SCD) who tend to suffer from ill-health and sickling crises. If you are son is definitely Hb AS (sickle cell trait), the health problems you are describing are almost certainly nothing to do with his carrier status. He will need t be seen by a paediatrician for a proper evaluation on any other possible underlying problem.
Question: My daughter has suffered 5 miscarriages at 5-7 weeks. Test have shown there is nothing wrong with her or her husband. What are the chances of her having a normal pregnancy and what could be the causes of this? S.H. (UK)
Answer: Multiple miscarriages, especially if recurrent rather than intermittent, are a particularly distressing life experience. Since the couple have been extensive investigated, I can only assume all known causes have been excluded. Statistics can be a poor consolation in this situation but your daughter may wish to know that, even after 5 miscarriages, when there is no identifiable underlying cause, the possibility of a normal full-term pregnancy is as high as 75%. In any case, even if antiphospholipid syndrome and thrombophilia have been conclusively ruled out, your daughter should consider being on low dose aspirin (75mg daily) in any subsequent pregnancy starting as early as pregnancy is confirmed. I have a feeling she has already received this advice from her specialist. My best wishes.
Question: How to calculate weight during pregnancy? D. (Iraq)
Question: How long should i wait before conceiving again after a miscarriage due to cervical incompetence?i have miscarried three times will i ever get a baby of my own? I.N. (Kenya)
Question: I suffered a placental abruption at 24 weeks 6 days, but carried my little boy until 26 weeks 2 days. He survived 8 weeks. I was never given a follow up appointment with a gynaecologist so have no idea what the outcomes for further pregnancies would be. I feel as if it was something I done that caused my body to reject my baby. Everybody says that its not my fault, but as an expectant mother you have one job, to carry and protect your unborn baby, and I feel that I didn't do either. My husband and I have discussed having another baby (we already have 2 children other than our angel) but are both terrified that we could suffer the same heartache again and cant put the children and ourselves through it again. I long for a baby but am not sure whether that is me trying to prove to myself that I can carry a baby. I'm pretty messed up at the moment. My son died in **/**** K.S. (UK)