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  1. Pre-eclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension...

    Pre-eclampsia or pregnancy induced hypertension is a common problem in a first pregnancy or a pregnancy with a new partner. For most women it does not reoccur in a subsequent pregnancy. However for...
  2. There is an expectation that hcg levels rise...

    There is an expectation that hcg levels rise quickly and doctors can get worried when this doesn't occur. The next step would be to do an ultrasound to help confirm that pregnancy is proceeding...
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    Congratulations on your pregnancy. So long as the...

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. So long as the umbilical cord was intact there is unlikely to be any issues. I wouldn't assume there is placental abruption if there wasn't any bleeding, pain or if...
  4. Online Conversations about Smoking in Pregnancy

    Britta Wigginton has just published her research on online forums and smoking during pregnancy. I thought you might be interested in reading her findings from her research. You can read the full...
  5. I am sorry you had such horrible births. I agree...

    I am sorry you had such horrible births. I agree with the previous post - can you consult a midwife to go over what happened in your previous births and help you plan for this one? Having information...
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    I personally haven't heard about varicosites on...

    I personally haven't heard about varicosites on the uterus. How was it diagnosed? Has any doctor given you a reason for the chronic pelvic pain? Have you sort advise from alternative practitioners...
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    I thought you might be interested in this article...

    I thought you might be interested in this article called "The pleasure of extended Breastfeeding"...
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    Breastfeeding for 3.5 years

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    I have fond memories of breastfeeding my children. My first child Joshua self weaned at 15 months and I felt sad. We'd had a lot of issues breastfeeding starting from his birth. Joshua was...
  9. Yes I have seen women go more than a week when...

    Yes I have seen women go more than a week when their waters have broken. In fact I've seen women go months (when there waters have broken very prematurely). Infection is the main concern when a...
  10. I have just done some quick research to see what...

    I have just done some quick research to see what I could find to help you make your decision. The papers I read were mixed but there seemed to be a pattern in the few papers I looked at that showed...
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    Dear Nadinne - the word 'Fundal' refers to the...

    Dear Nadinne - the word 'Fundal' refers to the top of the uterus. Pushing on the top of the uterus isn't commended during labour or while giving birth - it could cause trauma to both the mother and...
  12. Preconception care is important for both mothers...

    Preconception care is important for both mothers and fathers. For more information visit this page on preconception care.
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    It is unusual to have bleeding past the first 12...

    It is unusual to have bleeding past the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. A subchronic haematomas is a gathering of blood between the membranes of the placenta and the uterus. Most resolve on their own by...
  14. Hi Emily - Welcome to the forum. You certainly...

    Hi Emily - Welcome to the forum. You certainly have had a lot of challenges regarding your health. I cannot see a clear cut path for you. It will be a decision you will have to way up carefully. A...
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    I understand why you re feeling nervous. The...

    I understand why you re feeling nervous. The ultrasound will hopefully give you some piece of mind. Having a rest sounds like a great idea particularly if you are feeling bad. Sometimes a dragging...
  16. Hi Mommyannrie - The best way to increase your...

    Hi Mommyannrie - The best way to increase your breastmilk supply is by increasing breast stimulation through either frequent breastfeeding or through expressing breastmilk. Herbal preparations aimed...
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    It is not uncommon to feel a dragging feeling in...

    It is not uncommon to feel a dragging feeling in the uterus in pregnancy in the first few months. It is a discomfort described by some women. If you are otherwise well it is generally not of concern....
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    Hi Caprice - A very big welcome to our Forum. I...

    Hi Caprice - A very big welcome to our Forum. I am so sorry for your loss early this year. It must be very difficult. I hope you gain lots of information and support from this forum.
  19. This depends very much on your individual...

    This depends very much on your individual situation. Have you asked this question of your midwife or doctor? Everyone is different. It depends on how you recover physically and emotionally. Doing...
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    This is a tricky question - it is very difficult...

    This is a tricky question - it is very difficult when your partner disagrees with your point of view. The one resource I find really helpful on Vaccination is the book called The Parents Concise...
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    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Have you...

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Have you had some support following the birth of your baby? There are organisations that support women following loss such as Angel Babies and Kids and Sids.
  22. Women do not lactate after an early miscarriage...

    Women do not lactate after an early miscarriage (in the first three months). Some women do not notice colostrum (the first breastmilk) during pregnancy
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    Hi Jane - sometimes you ovulate at different...

    Hi Jane - sometimes you ovulate at different times in your cycle - so it could be that the pregnancy is not as advanced as first thought. The only way to know is to repeat the ultrasound. I will...
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    It is not uncommon to experience irregular...

    It is not uncommon to experience irregular Braxton Hicks contractions in pregnancy, these can be more noticeable in a twin pregnancy. Braxton Hicks contractions occurring throughout pregnancy and you...
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    Hi Eliza - Welcome to the forum. Where is your...

    Hi Eliza - Welcome to the forum. Where is your restaurant? Having an Italian husband - Italian food is a favourite in our household. How old are your children?
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