Question: Why can't a baby born at 21 weeks survive? Any baby survive so far born at 21 weeks? J. (Singapore)
Answer: 21 weeks is, strictly speaking, not a delivery but a ‘late miscarriage’. The reason why ‘delivery’ at 21 weeks gestation, survival of the baby is virtually impossible is because many vital organs, particularly so the lungs, are extremely underdeveloped that they are completely non-functional. Remember, unlike the heart, kidneys or liver; lungs don’t start to function until after the birth. Their maturity is therefore delayed and babies born before at least 26 weeks struggle and those born before 23 weeks cannot be expected to survive. There has been no recorded survival of a baby born at 21 weeks anywhere in the world, nor would this be expected.
Question: Hello. Two weeks ago my husband & I tried to get pregnant. It would have been our first time ´trying´. We´re both 35 years old. About 7 days later I got had a blood spot. A good sign, thought it was ‘impregnating [implantation] spot´. During the following week I noticed changes for myself, like an increase in my appetite & decrease in my energy levels. My husband & I then had intercourse a few days ago, and the next morning I had bleeding (very red blood) and a blood clot. Now, 2 days later, I got my period & the timing & flow of it seems normal. I´m assuming that this initial blood was an early ´miscarriage´. My question is: how soon is it safe to try again? Is this month too early or should I wait at least another month before trying again? Thank you. M. (Brazil)
Answer: Unlike you, I am not at all sure you were ever pregnant in this cycle. Your period arrived bang on time and the symptoms you describe are so non-specific that I think it will be a stretch to describe them as pregnancy symptoms. In any case, were we to assume that you were indeed pregnant, there is absolutely no problem with trying to conceive straight-away. Following a miscarriage, even a late one, the body is physiologically ready to carry another pregnancy within 2 - 4 weeks and that is why, for many, the next period arrives on time, usually preceded by an ovulation 2 weeks earlier.
Question: Helloo, I’m pregnant now one and half months, I m not addictive from heroine, but I use it sometimes, not regularly. How can it affect my baby? B. (UK)
Answer: I will be frank with you. You are making a big mistake. There is no such thing as a casual use of these drugs. Presumably you are injecting the heroin. I don’t need to tell you about the risks associated with this method of administration. You can dismiss this by saying you are taking all the appropriate precautions but that is a fallacy. Also, you should be aware that, by virtue of being illegal, purity cannot be guaranteed. When not pregnant, it is your life. Pregnant means you have to be responsible for another human being so my plea is that stay away from the heroin. You have said yourself that you are not addicted so you are using it as a matter of choice and not because of dependence.
Answer: Alpha thalassaemia is nothing to do with sickle cell disease. These are two distinct conditions with completely different issues to contend with during pregnancy, both for the mother and the baby in the womb. Since your concern is about alpha thalassaemia, I will direct you to the appropriate section with the information you need. Just click here:
Question: Am 28 years old. I found a pic for an intact hymen in one of your answers to a girl asking about restoring virginity,, and i have the same shape of hymen and i thought i lost mine because a friend of mine told me that the hymen is not like what i have and it must cover all the vagina hole and she show me some photos. So what am asking which one is true as i said mine is like the one in your website not like the other one. I am so worried and i really need your help to get out from this nightmare. M
Intact (virginal) hymen