Question: what happens to women with group b haemolytic strep if they catch it after labour? A. (UK)
Answer: You will have realised from our details on this topic that the presence of this bacteria (haemolytic group B strep) is of significance only when it is there before the baby is born. It follows therefore that, if a woman is found to carry this bacteria after labour (and delivery), no action is required. Presence of this type of bacteria in the genital tract is, in strict terms, not an infection for the woman herself. Whenever a vaginal swab shows group B strep bacteria when the woman is not pregnant, no treatment will be given.
It is regarded as part of the normal environment in the genital tract for some women. However, if such a woman gets pregnant subsequently, she will have to have antibiotics during labour to protect the baby. Can I, once again, stress on the point that you do not catch group B strep. It is not a sexually transmitted infection.
Question: I am 29 week pregnant from last few weeks i don't enjoy doing sex, in fact i feel that i don't require it, is this a temporary feeling? and how i explain it to my partner that why i am not able to satisfy him. M
Answer: Loss of libido during pregnancy is not all that uncommon. You do need to be honest with your partner about this and you can reassure him that this almost always resolves after delivery. However, word of caution here. Poor sex drive is commonest in the few weeks after delivery so there is a likelihood that what you are experiencing now may carry on for a couple of months or so after the baby arrives. Understanding and patience are important in these matters otherwise a relationship can suffer. However, as I said before, you will almost certainly be back to your normal feelings and desires in due course.
Question: I did find out that i had ectopic pregnancy followed by a miscarriage as it came away by itself and i did not need any surgery back in april. Please can u tell me if its a higher risk for it to happen again as i am 5 weeks pregnant E.H. (UK)
Answer: once a woman has had an ectopic pregnancy, whether it is managed by surgery, medication or, as was the case with you, conservatively, there is a significant increase in the risk of ectopic pregnancy happening again. This is why the advice is always to report any subsequent pregnancy as soon as you find out. That is meant to allow for an early scan to locate the pregnancy. Once it is confirmed to be in the womb, everybody can relax. If it is found to be an ectopic, management can be instituted before it has had time to cause complications. Tubal rupture and severe haemorrhage is the dreaded complication of ectopic pregnancy. I hope all these arrangements are in place for you.
Question: With an ectopic pregnancy, can you bleed at 5 or 6 weeks? K. (UK)
Question: The doctors have recommended my niece have one of the VQ tests for a possible pulmonary embolism in her lung. However they have said one test could give her breast cancer-it runs in the family, and the other test could give the baby cancer! Have we got a safe alternative? C.W. (UK)
Question: is sex safe after 30 weeks of pregnancy? M.S.
Question: Is it possible to be pregnant but the blood test shows positive but the scan is empty? N.S.N. (Zambia)
Question: I am pregnant about 8 weeks along and I have a foul smell it's not yeast infection I have had a miscarriage in the past I want to know what could it be? C.E. (USA)