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Q&A: What are the complications associated with low iron during delivery?

Dr Moore gives advice to a mom-to-be who is worried about how her haemoglobin will affect her and her baby during labour.

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Q&A: Bipolar and breastfeeding

A concerned mom-to-be gets expert advice on how her psychiatric medication may effect her baby during breastfeeding.

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Q&A: 6 months and a small bump

A concerned mom-to-be gets expert advice regarding her small pregnancy belly.

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Q&A: Right side of my belly is really painful at night

A concerned mom-to-be gets expert advice regarding a troubling ache in her belly.

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When does an unborn baby start to breathe?

We've asked an expert to weigh in on when this happens.

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Will a natural birth affect my future sex life?

Pregnancy should be a pleasant journey, but many women often worry about their sex life after giving birth naturally.

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Can having too many ultrasounds harm baby?

Can having too many ultrasounds during pregnancy actually harm my baby? I had an ultrasound done at 10 weeks and then one at 17 weeks- these were done with my usual doctor. I've made an appointment with my gynaecologist at 18 weeks pregnant. It's my first gynae appointment since being pregnant. I'm sure that he will do an ultrasound.

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Bleeding after sex during pregnancy

I am 34 weeks pregnant with my first baby. When I had sex with my boyfriend I started to bleed soon afterwards. I didn't feel any pain or changes in my body, but I am worried because there was a lot of blood. My doctor told me that my uterus is open and gave me antibiotics to help prevent infections. Please can you give me more information about my situation? My paranoia is running away with me.

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I'm experiencing pain under my left breast

"I am 29 weeks pregnant and I have been having this uncomfortable pain under my left breast just after entering the second trimester. Is there anything I should do or take to get rid of it?"

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I have pains and cramps. Is there anything I can do?

I am 12 weeks pregnant and I have pains and cramps. Is there anything I can do?

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Q&A: When will my baby be turned to the right position?

I am 31 years old and 27 weeks pregnant with my second child. When I went for the second checkup at the clinic the nurse told me that she is not happy with how my baby is growing because instead of gaining weight I am losing weight. She advised me to go for a scan which showed my baby is breech. Should I be worried that my baby hasn't turned to a normal position? And when is the right time to expect the baby to turn?                                                  

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I have blood spotting in the morning

I'm 13 weeks pregnant and last week I released discharge with blood. The doctor says I have lost my mucous plug. The baby is fine and I don't feel any pain in my back. I can still feel the movement of the baby. Now I just have some blood spotting in the morning (brown in colour)- should I be worried?

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Q&A: Can I have a natural birth after having a c-section 8 years ago?

I would like to know if it's possible to have a natural birth. I have an eight year old child who I gave birth to via c-section and I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant. I asked my gynaecologist if it's possible to give birth naturally and he advised that it's a high risk. There was an article I once came across that explained that if you gave birth via c-section it takes three years for the wound to be completely healed and then you can have a natural birth- is this true? 

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Q&A: I've been experiencing a numbing pain down my legs, is this normal?

I am 28 years old and 24 weeks pregnant. I am unmarried and currently living with my fiancé in his mother's house. My pregnancy has been stressful from the start but luckily I am blessed with no complications so far. A month ago I found out that my fiancé is using drugs and most probably cheating. The stress load has doubled and I have been having very bad cramps. The pain doesn't increase and comes every second day. It is a very sharp pain in my vagina and the pain runs down my legs making it almost numb. Is this normal because the baby is growing or should I be worried?

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What could be the cause of blood in my urine?

"I am 32 and 20 weeks pregnant. I went to the clinic and the nurse tested my urine and said there is blood. What could be the cause?"

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Q&A: Nothing has been done to put me under high risk attendance

I am 29 years old and I am currently ten weeks and two days pregnant. I have had two miscarriages previously. My first pregnancy was at eight weeks and my second was at ten weeks. I use public clinics because I don't have the money to use medical aid facilities. The clinic I go to now is the same clinic that I attended when I had the miscarriages. I went to book msyelf in now, before I was six weeks pregnant and they told me that I must come back much later on. I am very disappointed because nothing has been done to put me under high risk attendance and I am very worried because I used to have sore breasts and nausea but now I don't have any pregnancy symptoms... since I was six weeks pregnant. I am due for a private sonar soon but until then I feel like a sitting duck. What can I do?

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Baby's umbilical cord only has one artery

A friend of mine is about 24 weeks pregnant and has been told that her babies umbilical cord only has 1 artery. She is under specialist care but has not been explained to fully what this could mean for her or the baby. She has been given a list of problems that her baby could have but she does not understand what a lot of them mean. please could you explain (in layman's terms) what could happen from now? Thank you.

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Does my weight gain have any effect on my baby's weight?

I am 23-years-old and a first time mother. I am now 32 weeks pregnant and I have gained more than 15kg's. My father-in-law just warned me that if I continue gaining weight then my baby will also gain weight resulting in a c-section. I want a vaginal birth but I can't lose weight now while I am still pregnant. I would like to know if my weight gain has any effect on my baby's weight? 

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I have a rash in my vagina. Will it affect my baby?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and I have a rash in my vagina with some white discharge. When I told my doctor about it he gave me supplements. I was wondering if my baby would be affected? 

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FAQs about birth

Dr Martin Puzey, gynaecologist and obstetrician answers questions about birth from epidurals to false labour and more.

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Q&A: Does protein in my urine affect the baby?

I am 26 weeks pregnant. I went for a check-up and they found out that my urine contains protein. They gave me metronidazole and eryko medication to treat this. But this medication is now making me vomit every morning. Should I continue it or stop? And does protein in my urine affect the baby?

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Q&A: Tetanus injection

My 27-year-old wife took her first tetanus injection when she was three-and-a-half-moths pregnant. Is it fine if she takes the second injection after five-and-a-half-moths?

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Q&A: Tense womb

I am 22 weeks pregnant with my first child, and when I am in the shower or even after intimacy, my womb feeks as if it tenses up into a tight ball. Could my baby be disturbed by this?

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Q&A: Diabetic and my water broke at 29 weeks

I am 32 weeks pregnant and a diabetic. I am on bedrest as my waters broke at 29 weeks. I was treated with the antibiotics, my baby was given injections to help her lungs mature but I still did not go into labour. My baby is still healthy and growing, but I am still worried, even though my gynae says that it is all okay. The water still flows out at irregular intervals.
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