Question: Good Morning. Earlier on this morning,at around 1 am, I discovered that I was bleeding. At first, I thought, that my anus was bleeding, because sometimes, when I pass stools,it bleeds. However I realised that the blood came from out of my vagina. I am bleeding as though I am on my period. Should I go to the hospital or should I go to my GP? By the way I am at least four weeks pregnant. Also I am at home with my two small children. Can you advise? J.L. (UK)
Answer: This is threatened miscarriage. Seeing as it is so early in pregnancy, it is a safe bet that you have not had an ultrasound scan yet. That is the first thing that needs to be done.
I am not sure what you mean by “4 weeks pregnant”. Are you counting from your last period or from the time when you think you conceived? If it is from your last period then the bleed could conceivably be a normal period, if it is indeed happening four weeks after your last one. That will mean you are not pregnant. If you are counting from your perceived point of conception, that is technically at least six weeks gestation and therefore a scan should be able to clarify the picture of what is going on. That will tell you whether you are indeed pregnant, the location of the pregnancy (in case it is an ectopic), the number of fetuses and crucially, viability. My best wishes.
Question: I have a low laying and six months and 15 days. Can I journey by train around 500 km? I am in India. T. (India)
Answer: I take it you mean a low lying placenta. At 6½ months gestation, you are already in the third trimester. Depending on how low this placenta is, it is probably a risky undertaking that you are proposing. Bleeding in placenta praevia (which is what you seem to have) can be quite unpredictable and torrential, endangering both mother and baby. Any chance of this happening where you don’t have immediate recourse to medical attention should be avoided. It is my view that, unless this journey is absolutely necessary, you should cancel it.
Question: I’m about 9 weeks pregnant, if I sat for a while there is this pain i feel each time I get up around my bombom. Please what could it possibly be? Thanks. N.C.F. (UK)
Question: I developed anasmea with protein losing from my urine 4+ at 24th week of my pregnancy & BP varied from 140/90 to 160/100. Pregnancy was terminated at 27.5 weeks due to IUGR as weight has increased from 45 to 70 kg. I lost my baby and even after 6 months of my pregnancy terminated my reports are showing that i m losing protein at 0.48gm/24 hours. What should i do and will i be able to have a normal pregnancy and when? Please do reply me as soon as possible as i m eager to start my family. P.J. (India)
Question: Why when i become pregnant i have to wait a month before the pregnancy test shows positive? L. (USA)
Answer: A urine pregnancy test can realistically be expected to turn positive about two weeks after the actual conception. For most women that will be around 4 weeks after the last period. You need to remember that there is a journey taking almost a week for the fertilized egg to travel through the fallopian tube into the womb. The embryo then needs to implant and it is the tissue that anchors the embryo onto the wall of the uterus that produces the pregnancy hormone hCG. It is this pregnancy hormone that is responsible for the positive test. It needs to reach a certain level before it can appear in the urine.
Question: Hi. I want to know if a girl has intercourse the very next day as her period ends; i mean at 6th or 7th day of her periods, can she become pregnant? I mean, is it impossible or possible? Plz reply. Thanx. D. (Norway)
Answer: it is quite possible. The chances of conception will depend on how her normal cycle is usually. If she has a short cycle, lets say 21 or 22 days, the 7th and 8th day of her cycle is actually her most fertile time as ovulation always takes place 14 days before the next period. Regardless of whether her period has completely finished, ovulation can still take place. If her cycle is 28 days or more, chances of conception following sexual intercourse at such an early part of the cycle are much less. In other words, the longer the cycle, the less likely it is to conceive following sex in that early part of the cycle. However, it is never impossible