I have a wonderful
1.5 year old cat I'm very attached to. We share the bedroom at
bedtime and anytime. Should I let her in the bedroom once Baby
arrives? I was thinking of having Baby sleep next to me on a cot
or in a basket. I've heard so many horror stories of baby-smothering
cats I don't want to risk my first-born.
Hi, Sharon. It's never a good idea to allow a cat or other family
pet to be around a newborn baby unsupervised. So if you're planning
to share your room with your baby, you would be best to find a
new sleeping arrangement for your cat. Good luck!
Hi, Ann. I am an active snowmobiler and am currently 10.5 weeks
pregnant. I skidooed the first six weeks without knowing I was
pregnant. Is it safe to continue?
I haven't been able to find any specific recommendations about
snowmobiling during pregnancy, but my gut instinct tells me that
you might want to avoid snowmobiling for now because it tends
to be a rather high-risk sport. If you do decide to continue,
stick to trails you know very well and don't attempt any risky
maneuvers. Of course, this will all be a moot point in a few weeks,
now that the nice weather is starting to arrive. Can't do much
snowmobiling without snow! :-)
I just finished reading your book ( Mother of All Pregnancy Books)
and found it very helpful. Are there any other symptoms of early
pregnancy not listed? I've had some odd burping that results in
almost vomiting--not to mention foot cramps and other things.
Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Hi Angela - I'm glad you enjoyed my book. I had a lot of fun writing
answer your first question, it sounds like you're experiencing
a bit of reflux. Most women don't experience this until much later
on in pregnancy, when the uterus starts to exert a lot of pressure
on the stomach. It's kind of a pain that you're being bothered
by this so early on in pregnancy. Here
are some tips on coping with this particular complaint.
also possible that you're swallowing a lot of air in order to
try to manage any nausea you may be experiencing -- a very common
way of coping with morning sickness.
answer your second question, foot cramps tend to be more of a
problem later on in pregnancy. You can find some tips on coping
with them on
Mother Nature gives you a bit of a break when it comes to the
other aches and pains of pregnancy. Ann
I am currently 32 weeks pregnant. My question pertains to vaginal
infection. Prior to getting pregnant I dealt with chronic yeast
and bacterial infections, and since about 25 weeks of pregnancy
till now I have been experiencing a very strong odor, but no itching
or soreness. I have mentioned this to my doctor and he told me
that the discharge from pregnancy does have an odor and that I
shouldn't worry about it. But I still do. Is there an obvious
sign I need to recognize here between the two? Thank you!
Hi Melissa - You can find some excellent advice on vaginal discharge
during pregnancy (e.g., what's normal, what's not) on this
web page. As a rule of thumb, you only need to be concerned
if you're experiencing a lot of burning or itching or if the discharge
is greenish or foul smelling. It's normal for your discharge to
be thicker and more abundant. It kind of goes with the whole pregnancy
turf! :-) Ann
Ann, I think I'm pregnant but my test came out negative. I had
my period after the last time my husband and I had sex. Is it
possible to have had my period and still be pregnant? I am over
18 days late. Thanks. Casey
Hi, Casey. It is possible, though rare, to continue having periods
once you are pregnant. In this case, your period would usually
be lighter and/or shorter than normal. You might want to re-test
again using a home pregnancy test or arrange to have a blood pregnancy
test done at your doctor's office. Good luck! Ann
Dear Ann, I'm 23 years old and this is my first pregnancy. Neither
of my grandmothers nor my direct relatives have had serious complications
during their pregnancies nor have they miscarried. I was just
wondering... what is the risk or time frame for highest risk of
miscarriage when you're in your first trimester, specifically
week five or six? I 'm so scared I will be doing something wrong.
It's almost making me nervous and stressed out. I don't want my
nerves to drive me crazy...so what do you suggest? Yours truly,
Hi, Amanda. Miscarriages are most likely to occur before the eighth
week of pregnancy. After that, the risk begins to decrease. After
the end of the first trimester, the risk of miscarriage is very
small. I hope this helps to reassure you. Good luck to you and
Hi Ann, I am a concerned "mom to be." I've had two miscarriages
in the past and I'm five weeks pregnant now. I know that there
is nothing I can do to really prevent it from happening again,
or is there? I guess I just need some reassurance that everything
is going to be ok this time. We are really scared, but very excited
in the mean time. Is there any advice you can give me? Thanks
in advance. Jocelyn
Hi, Jocelyn. While the key cause of miscarriage--a problem
with the developing baby--is outside your control, there are
a few things you can do to put the odds in your baby's favor,
like ensuring that you're consuming an adequate amount of folic
acid (your doctor or midwife can advise you on the amount that
is appropriate for you, given your family and reproductive history);
refraining from smoking, drinking, and taking harmful drugs; and
avoiding exposure to environmental toxins. Other than that, you
have to take a leap of faith--a very hard thing to do, I know,
when you've experienced heartbreak in the past. I wrote an article
on weathering the emotional rollercoaster ride associated with
a subsequent pregnancy a few years ago. You can find it and other
articles I've written on miscarriage/stillbirth by visiting the
articles page of my web site: http://www.having-a-baby.com/article.htm.
I had an early miscarriage 9 weeks ago, and was 8 weeks along.
I still haven't had my period. I've been told that 4 - 6 weeks
is the normal waiting time. Should I be concerned?
Hi, Denise. Four to six weeks is the typical waiting period, but
some women do take a little longer. If your cycles were irregular
before your miscarriage or exceptionally long, it may take longer
to get your first post-miscarriage period. I'm sorry you're having
to deal with this added frustration on top of your miscarriage.
I miscarried at 11 weeks three months ago. I was devastated! After
two menstrual cycles, I got pregnant again. After seven days late
for my period I took a HPT. After three minutes it showed negative,
but after 30 it was positive. A few days later I took another
test and it said positive. However, I am six weeks pregnant now
and I do not feel any different compared to my first pregnancy
where I was wiped out with morning sickness and all. Why do you
think I am not feeling any symptoms yet? Is it possible that I
am not pregnant at all?
Hi, Joanna. It's normal to feel a lot of anxiety when you're pregnant
again after a previous miscarriage. (I wrote an entire article
on this subject. You can find it here.
You can also find other articles I've written about miscarriage
Don't let the absence of nausea convince you that there's a problem.
I only experience morning sickness during one of the four pregnancies
that resulted in the birth of a living child. While morning sickness
is common, it's not a universal experience for moms-to-be (thankfully!)
and it's quite common for a mom to experience it during some--but
not all--of her pregnancies. I hope this helps to reassure
you. Hugs, Ann
My sister found out she was pregnant when she was four to five
weeks along. We are all worried because she was drinking, smoking
cigarettes, and snorted cocaine on a couple of occasions. She
says she has stopped all of that since finding out. We know there
are risks. Is it guaranteed that the baby will have problems?
Does it matter the amount of drugs and alcohol she took? Since
she's stopped, is there still hope for the baby?
Hi, Sara. While it's always best to avoid exposing a baby to these
types of substances prior to birth, it's terrific that your sister
stopped engaging in such risky behaviors the moment she found
out she was pregnant. It's impossible to predict ahead of time
whether or not her baby will have been affected by her substance
abuse, but some babies do luck out and beat some pretty amazing
odds. I hope your future niece or nephew will be this fortunate.
You might be interested in reading this
tip sheet on cocaine use during pregnancy and in checking
out the information on smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy
on the March of Dimes web site.
I just found out that I am pregnant (February 13). I do not have
regular periods. They have been abnormal for over a year. How
do I find out how far along I am and if this is safe for the baby?
Hi, Nikki. Your doctor or midwife will likely order an ultrasound
in order to determine how far along your pregnancy is and to pinpoint
your due date. It's important to date your pregnancy accurately
in order to avoid inducing labor too soon or allowing your pregnancy
to continue too long--both of which could pose risks to your
baby. Once your dates have been established, you can relax and
enjoy your pregnancy!
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