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Timing of first  pregnancy test

Question:  Hi, I was just wondering when the earliest you would recommend taking a pregnancy test is? I am not due a period for another week but wondering is killing me. It's been nearly 2 weeks since ... Would the test be accurate if i took one now? Thank you :) M. (UK)

Answer: Modern pregnancy tests are very sensitive. However, performing one too early could give you results which may not be reliable. The best time to do a pregnancy test is around the time of your expected period, give or take a day or two. A week before your period is due is probably too early and if you got a negative result you could not be sure it is indeed negative. That means, you will be forced to repeat it maybe a week or so later. I would be patient if I were you.

Clear discharge in early pregnancy

Question:  Hi, I’m 9 weeks pregnant and i have clear discharge is this normal?  D.B. (UK)

Answer: A clear odourless discharge is fairly common in pregnancy. If you are concerned about the nature of what you are experiencing, bring it to the attention of the midwife and an examination might be required to clearly verify the situation.

Using Phentermine in early pregnancy

Question:  What are the effects on the fetus if the mother has taken a food suppressant called PHENTERMINE 30mg, in the early stage of pregnancy?....while not realising she was pregnant?  S. (UK)

Answer: On the question of Phentermine use in pregnancy, you are unlikely to get a clear unambiguous answer. The reason for this is the drug has not been studied in pregnancy, human or animals. That means, there is no evidence-based information on the drug’s likely effect on a fetus. Phentermine is used to aid in weight loss. It is also chemically related to Amphetamines. Looking at Amphetamines, studies show a very slight increase in the risk of a variety of congenital defects such as intestinal atrInformation on Phentermine safety in pregnancy not availableesia (blockage), cleft lip and palate and some cardiac defects. It is important to stress that, even with Amphetamines, the observed increase in risk is very slight and also that the same has (so far) not been observed with inadvertent use of Phentermine in pregnancy.

Possible increased amniotic fluid on Ultrasound

Question:  I received an ultrasound on **/**/**** (two months ago) and the results showed that I could have increased amniotic fluid or that the results could be technical in nature.  My doctor did not share these results with me for two months.  The ultrasound technician recommended another ultrasound two months ago.  Should I be scared and is this an emergency? S.S. (Canada)

Answer: There is one vital piece of information that is missing in your question: The stage of pregnancy that you are. Even with that limitation, I can state with a fair degree of confidence that this is almost certainly not an emergency.  Increased amniotic fluid as detected by ultrasound is not uncommon. In a clear majority of these cases, it is of no clinical significance. When the verdict was that the finding could be “technical” what it means is that the increase was modest and there were no suspicious features on looking at the fetal anatomy.

Your obstetrician, in fairness, should have discussed these results with you, reassure you and explain the reasons for the reassurance. We do that to avoid this very reaction to a late discovery of such a report and  the inevitable anxiety. All I can say is that, if fetal movements have been normal and clinical examination is showing normal expected growth, this was almost certainly an incidental finding of no clinical significance. Your doctor should be able to give you further clarity and reassurance. Best wishes in your pregnancy.

Development of hydrocephalus and possible cause

Question:  In my 7th month of pregnancy with my son I had a kidney stone. I went to the hospital in severe pain.They gave me a lot of pain medicine but could no relieve my symptoms.They finally put me to sleep and removed the stone. Could any of this have caused my son to have hydrocephalus? K.M. (USA)

Answer: It is difficult for me to see how any of that could have caused hydrocephalus. No doubt you will have had an opportunity to discuss your son’s situation with the pediatrician. You will also be aware that there are many cases of hydrocephalus where the cause is never established. I’m guessing this is the case with your son. This can be very frustrating for those directly affected but in some cases, that is the reality. A kidney stone, pain-killers including opiates and a general anaesthetic are not known causes or even risk factors for development of hydrocephalus. Wishing you and your son all the best.

More questions and answers on the next page

There is simply no information on the safety or otherwise of Phentermine in pregnancy