Questions sent in by Pregnancy-Bliss visitors are answered here
Using Zolpidem in pregnancy
Question: What advice would you give? I have just found out I am pregnant, but have
been overusing Zolpidem (during the two weeks from ovulation until the time of my
missed period)? C. (UK)
Answer: Zolpidem, (also known by such brand names as Ambien, Nytamel etc.) is not
known to cause any adverse effect on the baby if used in pregnancy. There is no actual
data on confirmed safety and therefore the standard advice is to avoid during pregnancy.
However, studies done on animals showed no adverse effects and where it has been
used in humans, no cases of adverse effects on the pregnancy or the baby have been
I don’t know what you mean exactly by “overusing” but with the available information,
it is reasonable for you to relax about the whole thing.
Testing for anti-phospholipid syndrome
Question: I have had 2 miscarriages and my GP suggested we check for antiphospholipid
syndrome which was negative. If the test is done once I fall pregnant again, could
the outcome be different? D.L. (UK)
Answer: It will be a mistake to try to perform the tests when you are pregnant. Results
performed at this time, both negative and positive, are not very reliable. If the
tests have been done when you are not pregnant and at least six weeks after the end
of any pregnancy (miscarriage or delivery), that is the correct timing. In some cases,
it may be reasonable to repeat these tests but, again, if that is done, it has to
be while you are not pregnant
Establishing and confirming paternity
Question: I have a question about the timing of conception. The first day of my
last period was **/**/****. My husband and I were actively trying for a baby during
that month. My cycle was a little irregular - varying from 28 days to about 35 days.
I foolishly had intercourse with another man on */**/**** (around the time I was
expecting my period to start). We used a condom. I had some slight bleeding after
this, and when I did a pregnancy test 3 days later I discovered I was pregnant. Is
there any chance the baby could be the result of the intercourse I had with the other
man, or would that have been too late? I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy now, and
I'm dreading the fact that it might not be my husbands child. Please help put my
mind at rest. Many thanks.
Answer: If the chronology of events you have given is correct, there is absolutely
no chance that sex you had with the second man could have resulted in the pregnancy.
Let me explain:
When conception takes place, the fertilised egg is outside the womb. It takes approximately
a week for this fertilized egg to make its way through the tube to implant in the
womb. You cannot have a positive Pregnancy test before implantation has taken place.
In other words, if you had a positive test three days after the sexual intercourse
with the second man, it means you were already pregnant and had conceived at least
a week earlier than that, and realistically, probably two weeks or thereabouts before.
Age and anaemia in pregnancy
Question: is there any association between age and anaemia in pregnancy? E.K. (Kenya)
Answer: There is no direct association between age and anaemia in pregnancy. In other
words, neither the very young nor the relatively older expectant mothers will be
any more prone to anaemia in pregnancy when compared to the 'average' woman. Factors
that increase the risk of anaemia in pregnancy are discussed in more detail here:
Age is not one of them.
Tae Bo after caesarean section
Question: Is it safe for a woman like me who had caesarean section operation to take
taebo class? Thank you.. R (Philippines)
Answer: Tae Bo is a fun way of keeping fit. It is safe and not overly strenuous.
You have not mentioned when your caesarean section was. However, if it is more than
3 months ago, you can certainly take up Tae Bo quite safely.
Choosing a home birth
Question: Why are women not given the choice of plan home-birth? M.L. (UK)
Answer: Our web-site does not really deal with matters of policy and an answer to
such a query can be found elsewhere. However, just as a matter of observation, you
will find that home-birth is actively supported in many, if not most parts, of the
country (UK). If this is something you are considering, for yourself or a relative,
just inquire at your local hospital. You are likely to be pleasantly surprised at
how much support is available. In any case, you are given appropriate professional
advice as to whether such a plan is suitable and safe for you.