Question: Can a man under antibiotics medication have sex with pregnant woman without harming the foetus? R. (Nigeria)
Answer: A male partner taking antibiotics of any kind cannot harm the baby in the womb. It is perfectly safe for him to have sex with his pregnant partner
Question: We are trying for a family. My last period was 15 April -18 Apr. We tried to conceive during 29 April -1 May when egg got ruptured (ovulation). Next period was due on the 12th. However today on 16th morning i had some bleeding and had lower abdomen pain last night. Does this mean i am not pregnant? Please advise. N. (India)
Answer: Difficult to say. You might be pregnant and this is a threatened miscarriage. Alternatively, it is possible you did not conceive and this is merely a start of a normal period, albeit slightly delayed. You did not say how regular your periods are normally. If the manner of the bleeding you are having is not typical of your menstrual bleeding, your next logical step is to do a urine pregnancy test. Modern kits are quite sensitive and at around 5 weeks (which is where you ought to be now), if you are pregnant, this will be positive. An ultrasound scan is really not an option at this stage as it is too early. Your other option is to wait and see how this bleeding evolves over the next 5 - 7 days. Best wishes.
Answer: A pregnant woman can and should be able to continue enjoying a full and fulfilling sex life. I take it by ‘traditional sex position’ you are referring to the male on top, the so-called missionary position. Well; you certainly don’t have to be limited by this. As the pregnant abdomen gets bigger this becomes less and less tenable and may actually be harmful,Male partner on antibiotics, sex during pregnancy especially so in late pregnancy. There are many positions that will allow you to have satisfying sex. Most of these involve the man being behind you. You could be on your knees or both of you could lie on your left side with him behind you. Another favourite position during pregnancy is when the man lies on his back and you go on top in a sitting position. Because of the nature of the subject, I am sorry I am not able to include images here.
Question: On April 18,2010-April 24,2010 I had my regular period. Starting on May 1, 2010, my boyfriend and I began having unprotected sex. I am not 100% sure if I may be pregnant or not I took one test but it said negative but it might have been too early. I’m supposed to get my next period on the 18th of this month but on the 13th I started bleeding but it wasn't my period cause the blood was a brownish pinkish reddish color. Could that have been old blood which could cause implantation which means that I am pregnant? Cause starting last week I started gettin pregnancy symptoms really bad. T.C. (USA)
Answer: The drugs used for a general anaesthetic are, on the whole, safe for the baby in the womb. The only issue of concern tends to be the small risk of miscarriage.
However, this risk is only in the immediate period after the anaesthetic or surgery, certainly not beyond 48 hours after. Seeing as your surgery was 3 weeks ago, the risk to your baby in the womb has well and truly passed. Let me also add this: If your assumption of the gestation being 5 weeks is correct, it means you conceived around the same time you had surgery (the night before?) which would mean there was no implanted pregnancy and therefore the risk was zero.
Answer: Of course you can wait till Wednesday which is less than two days away. If the vaginal bleeding was that light and it has not continued and you are still having the expected pregnancy symptoms, this is clinically a threatened miscarriage. You are completely right in saying, in such circumstances, nothing can be done. It is a matter of wait and see. Other much less likely diagnoses would include a non-viable pregnancy and even an ectopic pregnancy. If there are no ongoing symptoms, your preferred course of action which is to wait for your scheduled scan in two days time is perfectly reasonable.