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Question: I have all the symptoms of pregnancy, i.e. sickness, breasts are getting bigger and very tender, getting tired more often, mood swings, eating more, going to the toilet more, lower back pain at times, my belly is starting to swell into the shape of a bump and more. But i have took a pregnancy test and it was negative and my doctor sent me for an ultrasound which showed nothing except from a big of pressure on my kidneys (not sure why though) but i still have all the symptoms and I’m not going onto my 3rd week of being overdue my period. i haven't been stressed either so that cant be why its held back.do u think I’m pregnant and maybe it just didn’t show up? maybe it was hidden away. I dunno but what do you think ?
The ultrasound was over a month ago and i should be about 3 months if i am pregnant, but i had been taking my period which can still happen whilst pregnant but now my period has stopped which can also happen. I’m 14 years old. N. (UK)
Answer: Thank you for a very clear and detailed query. It is very unlikely that you are pregnant. You are at a stage of life where rapid changes to your body are taking place. This may explain many of the ‘symptoms’ you describe especially the breast and mood changes. You mention that you are eating more and feeling more tired. That combination may actually make you gain weight and the ‘swelling of the belly’ that you mentioned may be a combination of the weight gain and hormonal changes. It is something that you will need to have a firm handle on before it runs away from you and becomes difficult to manage. Erratic periods are a very common feature in the early teens and I think this is what you are experiencing. Your contention that ‘periods’ can happen when you are pregnant is actually a myth. It is not true. However, if you have continued having unprotected sex since your test and scan, it may be worthwhile doing another pregnancy test.
Since you are already sexually active and, my guess is that you do not want to become a mother at such a tender age, I would advice that you discuss with your mother and/or doctor about the possibility of going on the contraceptive pill. This will allow you to have regular periods, eliminate many of the symptoms you mentioned and, of course, prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Question: I had a condition called H.E.L.P'S during my pregnancey and things were quite stressful at the end, I was just wondering if you had anymore information about this condition as I am planning to have another baby but just want to know all about it first. Many thanks M. (UK)
Answer: The actual name of this condition is HELLP syndrome. The word HELLP is derived from a combination of the three main features of the condition namely Hemolysis (the breakdown of red blood cells) leading to anaemia, Elevated Liver enzymes and Low Platelets. It is a condition which can occur together with pre-eclampsia as it does in 1 in 5 cases. Having gone through it you will recognise the clinical features which will include some or all of these:
The destruction of the blood cells (hemolysis) could lead to acute renal (kidney) failure. A close eye is therefore kept on the kidney function. Because of the depletion of platelets, there could be serious haemorrhage at delivery.
A platelet count test is done every few hours to keep track of what is happening. A platelet transfusion is sometimes required.
Roughly 1 in every 4 women affected by HELLP syndrome will experience a recurrence in a subsequent pregnancy. The chances of recurrence are increased by degree of severity as measured by the platelet count. For those patients where the platelet count falls below 30,000; the risk of recurrence is highest. (Normal platelet count ranges from 150,000 to 450,000).
The cause of HELLP syndrome is not known.
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