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Lump on a pregnant abdomen

Question: What causes a lump(looks like a ping pong ball just under skin)on belly just above the belly button. I’m 6 and 1/2 months pregnant. Doctor will not fully explain and gave us 3 different things he THINKS it could be. K. (USA)

Answer: It will be presumptuous of me to pretend to know exactly what it is you are describing. All I can say is that, it is unlikely to be directly related to pregnancy. I suspect its occurrence at this time is purely coincidental. What comes to mind with the very little information I have is that it could be a lipoma (a completely harmless ball of fat tissue) or even a hernia .

I am sorry that I cannot be of more help but this is a situation where, as a doctor, you need to see and feel to give a reliably definitive answer. By not giving you a firm explanation, your doctor is just being honest and remember, aggressive investigation during pregnancy is significantly limited.

Augmentin in pregnancy

Question: Is Augmentin safe to use in pregnancy or not?  L. (Libyan  Arab Jamahiriya)

Answer: Augmentin is a combination antibiotic with Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid.Its use in pregnancy is regarded to be largely safe. However, it has been associated with increased risk for a serious condition affecting the bowel in preterm babies. The condition is called necrotising enterocolitis. An increased risk for this was demonstrated in one large study when it was given to women who had suffered premature rupture of membranes. It is therefore best avoided in such circumstances.

Amoxicillin, the principal component of Augmentin is, of-course, a type of Penicillin. This means, anybody with a history of Penicillin allergy should avoid using Augmentin, pregnant or not.

When do pregnancy symptoms start?

Question: How soon can you get symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea, dizziness etc? J.O.. (UK)

Answer: Appearance of symptoms differ from one individual to another. On average, the symptoms will start within a week of a missed period, which is five weeks gestation. Some women do not get any at all.

Sex during early pregnancy

Question: 1.During the first 3 months of pregnancy is it safe to have sex, and; 2.When can I have sex after a normal delivery and a caesarean delivery? S (India)

Answer: Two distinct questions and two answers:

Pain in the rib-cage in pregnancy

Question:  I have severe pain in my left rib cage and down my left side feels like a really bad stitch. Paracetamol have made no difference, what could this be? L.S. (UK)

Answer: I am afraid your details are too brief to give you any meaningful advice. Are you pregnant and if so, how far gone are you? If you are pregnant and this is well advanced, it might be pressure from the baby’s limbs or other body part. The only organ in that vicinity on the left side is the spleen. I cannot think of anything which will affect the spleen to give you pain. The right side, on the other hand, has got the liver and gallbladder. Both are good candidates for causing pain. This, ofcourse, does not apply to you. The exception in this would be if you have the rare condition called situs inversus. This is where the abdominal and chest organs are in the mirror side of the body. As I said, this is rare and I think taking you along this route will be stretching it.

Homeopathy for fertility problems

Question: This is our 4th year of marriage.we are trying for a baby. But its not happening.Now we are undergoing some homeopathic treatment for last 2 months.My menstrual cycle was regular. 3rd was its starting date and now we are on the 13th, not yet it came. Two days ago I had done my Home Pregnancy testand it was showing negative. We are really worried about this matter. Please help us. J.S. (UAE)

Answer: I do understand how frustrating a situation such as yours can be. However, before I can give you any advice, I would need more details. Since I practise conventional medicine, I cannot really advise you anything on the homeopathic path that you are currently pursuing.

The following information might help a doctor advise you:

With this kind of information, a conventional medicine doctor like me might be able to give a fair amount of advice on how you ought to proceed. I possess no expertise on homeopathy.

Acute pain and cysts in pregnancy

Question: Hi, i am approximately 11 weeks pregnant and have a cyst in my uterus. Found out about the cyst via ultrasound after extreme pain that sent me to emergency. Tonight have have a lot of clear discharge.Is it from the cyst breaking? L.E. (Canada)

Answer: I am not entirely sure what you mean by "a cyst in the uterus". Such a location for a cyst is very very unusual. You can have a cyst in the cervix, which contains just clear mucus. These cysts are also known by the name 'Nabothian cysts'. They don't cause pain and spontaneous rupture is uncommon. Another, much more common location of cysts during pregnancy is the ovaries. Such cysts can twist causing acute pain. However, because there is no communication between the ovaries and the vaginal canal, even if such a cyst was to rupture, the fluid will be retained in the pelvic cavity and would not be revealed vaginally.

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A harmless ball of fat tissue (lipoma), like this one under the skin on the shoulder can affect any part of the body. That includes a pregnant abdominal wall