Question: What is superfetation and how does it come about? K.L. (S.Africa)
Question: I am 42 yrs and am pregnant with 7 months. my sugar level was controlled but now my fasting is 115 and pp 125. my doctors say i will deliver by april end. is it fine. any harm to baby in this. Will I’ve a normal delivery or ceserian? Pls advise. V. (India)
Question: I have been trying to conceive for the last 6 months but i have failed. i don’t know how to detect fertile days. Please help me. For instance, i started my periods on 14th march and am likely to stop on 18th march; what will be my fertile days? E.M. (Uganda)
Answer: There is one vital piece of information missing from your details and that is the average length of your cycle. Were I to assume that yours averages 28 days, give or take a couple of days, then your most fertile period would be from Day 11 through to Day 17. In the month of March where your dates are quoted, (taking the 14th of March to be Day 1), that fertile period will fall on the 24th of March running through to the 30th. However, if your cycles tend to be shorter or longer, your fertile phase will need to be adjusted accordingly; coming earlier if you tend to have short cycles and coming later if your cycles are longer. To maximise the chances of a successful conception, you will need to have sex every day (or night) in that fertile phase. There are no guarantees, however, that gives you the best shot. You can also look at the answer we gave to a similar question here, complete with an illustration. Can I also add that six months may seem very long when you are keen to conceive but, in fact, it is not unusual for conception not to occur in that time so do not despair. My best wishes.
Question: I have been feeling sign of pregnancy since January and i saw my menses last month (February) and up till this moment i am writing i still feel the sign of pregnancy, is it possible? Thank you for your usual response. J. (Nigeria)
Question: My period is nearly a month late and i am not pregnant. i have been to my own gp and got blood tests for thyroid and things done all came back normal and had a smear done which was normal as well. Any ideas to why it may be late as it has never been late before. A. (UK)
Answer: Since the late or missed period is out of keeping with your norm, your doctor was right in checking for possible thyroid problems. It may be worthwhile to check for raised prolactin hormone if this has not been done yet.
This hormone (prolactin) is produced in the brain and is usually raised when pregnant or breast feeding. However, sometimes the production can be increased at other times leading to suppression of periods. You can also miss your period as a result of a rapid change in your weight (either way) or if you embark on sustained physical exercises. Also sustained stressful situations such as preparing for an exam etc can lead to missed periods. Since all these situations are normally temporary, things get back to normal once they have resolved. If all the above don’t apply to you and if the period does not arrive again this month, you should contact your GP for further tests.
Question: The effects of hypertension in pregnancy and its maintenance. S.A. (Ghana)
Answer: You have asked a question that is, in fact, a rather broad subject. However, help is at hand. We have a whole chapter dedicated to this very subject. Click here to get there.