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Question: I used Mirena for contraception before removing it to try for a baby. It was brilliant for my periods. Now my baby is a month old and I would like to have mirena again but also im breastfeeding. Will it be ok? Thanks. H.F. (UK)
Question: I am 33 week pregnant and gain 7 kg of weight throughout my pregnancy is it normal? My height of fundus and baby weight in Ultrasound are in normal ranges. M. (Pakistan)
Question: my husband has come out with a rash which the doctor says is shingles. Will my baby be OK? T. (Canada)
Question: I’m 4 months and 2 weeks pregnant and i would like to see how my baby would look in my womb.Can u guys please show me how it looks? A.B. (Guyana)
Answer: 4 months and 2 weeks is equivalent to 20 weeks and is the half-way mark of a normal pregnancy duration. At this stage the fetus weighs around 300 grams or just under a third of a kilogram. The length from top to toe is around 25 cm (about 10 inches). At this stage, healthy babies are surprisingly similar in weight but it is at this stage where they start a divergence in weight and size. Even though outwards everything is fully formed, vital organs inside are still far too immature for the baby to survive outside the womb. Here are a couple of ultrasound images of a fetus at 20 weeks, one; a traditional 2D scan and the other, a 3D image (below, right).
Question: I went for a 12 week scan to find a empty sack i have not had any heavy bleeding except for a bit of spotting at 9 weeks and still have all the signs of pregnancy? and my last period was the end of june (2½ months ago) M. (UK)?
Answer: This is the dreaded blighted ovum, also called anembryonic pregnancy. Dreaded because the diagnosis almost always comes as a shock. There are usually no warning signs or symptoms. A booking scan is usually the first time the expectant mother discovers that she is carrying a non-viable pregnancy. It simply means the baby never developed hence the empty sac apart from the fluid. There are more details about anembryonic pregnancy here: