Pregnancy Bliss | Reproductive Health Hub
Question: What is the significance of sickle cell trait and how is the fetus affected? J.M. (USA)
Question: I have 6 children already; my smallest was 9 pounds 1oz, my biggest was 10 pounds 6oz. I’m scared this one is gonna be big too.Is there anything I can do to not have such a big baby this time? Could dieting help? My biggest baby had shoulder dystocia and I’m so scared of that happening again :( E.L. (UK)
Answer: Whatever you do, don’t try to diet during pregnancy if the dieting involves some sort of starving yourself. It will not help and could do a lot of harm to both you and your unborn baby. Just try to have a healthy diet and of-course don’t over-indulge. As for your history of consistently big babies, it is clear that this is genetic. You are therefore not in a position to influence the size of your baby. You are right in saying that this baby too is almost certainly going to be big if born at term. It is unusual for such a trend to suddenly change. Shoulder dystocia is a quite unpredictable complication. As you can testify, you have had six children, all being well above average size, but only one of those deliveries have been complicated by shoulder dystocia. The fact that you have such a history means the size of the baby and progress of labour will be monitored much more carefully so as to take the necessary measures if there is a strong suggestion of such a complication happening again. You should be alright.
Question: Hi, I’m 25 and have been epileptic for over 10 years. I’m on lamotrigine and would like to start trying for a baby early next year. Do I need to change medicine as I cannot come off altogether. Thanx. J.J (UK)
Question: If i had sex on A FRIDAY; MISSED MY PERIOD the following Monday but 11 days later i had what seems like a period, can i be pregnant? T. (Barbados)
Question: I have been using suboxone for about 8 months now and yesterday I discovered im pregnant. It is probably two months. Can I continue with suboxone, is it safe for the baby? S.V. (USA)