Ask The Doctor – The Answers

Spotting at 6 weeks- so worried.

I had some spotting around 6 weeks and had an early scan which revealed the embryo was fine and had a heartbeat. I a, now 8.5 weeks and for the last two days have had red blood on and off and slight cramps. The nurse in the gynae ward at the hospital said it wasn’t enough to warrant an examination but I can’t help worrying. Can red blood be ok and not a sign of miscarriage? Sorry to hear this- it can be such a worrying time. Here are some links to some information about bleeding and some questions that […]

Flying, Hair Dye and Progesterone

I am 43 and 4 weeks pregnant. I miscarried at 8 weeks in April. I am due to fly to France this week, but it isn’t urgent. I have a hair appointment for colour on Tuesday. Should I continue with these things as normal or, at my age, should I treat this pregnancy as more fragile?  I am taking progesterone tablets as I had been experiencing spotting during my normal cycle & I have decided to continue taking this as a precaution.   Flying at this stage in pregnancy is safe and a short flight does not put you at […]

Is it Safe to take Primrose Oil When Pregnant?

I have just been recommended to take evening primrose oil capsules from 34 weeks to help with skin stretching and labour.  Is it safe to take? It appears to be safe in late pregnancy, but not without side effects and an unpleasant taste Nausea, bloating and digestive problems are common. I feel it is my duty to tell you that there is insufficient evidence that it has any beneficial effect on labour, timing of delivery, preeclampsia, or baby size, and is generally not recommended. I can’t find any evidence about skin stretching. Hope this is helpful.

Can I get my highlights done whilst I am Pregnant?

I am 19 weeks pregnant (first time) so unsure, with few things. My question is, whether it is safe to do highlights during my next visit at the hairdresser? There are various opitions about colouring your hair during pregnancy where one should not do any chemical treatments on your head and others saying that if it’s just highlights, it is fine as the colour won’t touch the scalp. Could you please help me here? I am really confused..My priority is the good of the baby but I still want to look like a human while I go through this exciting […]

I am planning on starting a family.

Hi, if you are planning on starting a family, should you start taking folic acid before for a  few weeks or during the period you start trying to conceive? Is it also good to avoid alcohol when trying to conceive? Also, if you’ve been on the pill a number of years, should you come off for a few months before starting trying to conceive or is it fine once you finish a pack to stop and start trying to conceive? Please do have a look at our article “How to Get Pregnant” – this should answer all your questions! Good luck..and […]

Trying to Get Pregnant

Hi, if you are planning on starting a family, should you start taking folic acid before for a  few weeks or during the period you start trying to conceive? Is it also good to avoid alcohol when trying to conceive? Also, if you’ve been on the pill a number of years, should you come off for a few months before starting trying to conceive or is it fine once you finish a pack to stop and start trying to conceive? Please do have a look at our article “How to Get Pregnant” – this should answer all your questions!

Anaphylactic – Worried about Giving Birth

Basically, I’m anaphylactic – cause unknown – and have had two attacks in my life and carry an Epi-pen. The first was when I was 10 and it was a very hot day and I was running various races at school and went in to anaphylactic shock. They thought it was an asthma attack at first but then I was rushed to the hospital and the doctor on call immediately recognised it. Apparently my skin had gone all blue and blotchy and my system was shutting down. The second one I was abroad dancing aged 19, again very hot and […]

Worried about Watery Discharge

Hi, I have been getting watery discharge somedays more than others. I also noticed today that as well as the watery discharge I had a thicker line of white discharge. I am slightly worried and not sure if its normal. I am 17 weeks 2 days pregnant. Extra vaginal discharge is normal in pregnancy . If its a small amount and not smelly then it is just because of the changes of pregnancy on the tissues in the vagina and cervix. If it is profuse , coloured , smelly or itchy then you should take advice. Thick white discharge is […]

Is it safe to use Dry Shampoo during my Pregnancy?

I was wondering, whether using Batiste, the very popular dry shampoo is safe in pregnancy? I have been using it for the last few years and cannot live without it yet I don’t want to cause any harm to my baby. As far as I can determine Batiste is safe in pregnancy if you follow the instructions The chemicals involved are thought to be safe and most evaporate quickly and are not absorbed Skin sensitivity can be a problem if the product is used at high concentrations for extended periods.

Low PAPP-A Levels – what are the risks?

I received a letter to say that I have low PAPP-A levels (0.4 MOM). What risks does this cause? Papp-A is a pregnancy related hormone in the blood that is measured as part of a screening test for Down’s syndrome at about 12 weeks. When the level is low , it can mean that there is an increased risk of your baby having a chromosomal problem , such as Downs Syndrome The blood test is done at the same time as a careful scan of your baby , and combined with a measurement of the back of the neck , […]