1. I have spotting throughout my pregnancy. Is this normal? When should I see my Ob-Gyn?

Pregnancy spotting includes any kind of bloody discharge from the time of conception to the end of your pregnancy. Spotting is very common especially during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Many things can cause spotting. During the earliest days, it could be implantation bleeding. Gynecological exams and heavy lifting may also sometimes cause spotting. On the more serious end of the spectrum, spotting could also be a result of a cervical polyp or an ectopic pregnancy. It is best to see your healthcare provider if you have spotting after the first trimester of your pregnancy.

2. Are cramps natural during pregnancy?

Yes, cramps are natural and in early pregnancy, they are the result of your uterus stretching to accommodate the baby. Regular exercise and stretching to increase circulation in your legs and ankle can help with cramps. You might also talk to your provider about a magnesium supplement.

3. I have developed a hemorrhoid since I became pregnant. Why?

When you’re pregnant, hemorrhoids can occur because of the changes to your bowel movement as well as from pressure from the baby’s head. Avoid treating your own hemorrhoid and do consult with your doctor for the right treatment. Hemorrhoids might be a slightly gross side effect of pregnancy but they are nothing to worry about.

4. When can I feel the baby moving?

You should be able to first feel your baby’s movement between Weeks 16 and 25 of your pregnancy. The first kick of your baby can differ from baby to baby so stay calm if you haven’t felt that kick three months in!

5. Is morning sickness avoidable?

Morning sickness is unfortunately an accompaniment of the pregnancy experience. Some veterans mother swear by fermented cod liver oil; it is further said that an adequate magnesium intake can help with morning sickness. Do know that morning sickness is perfectly natural and does not in any way reflect on the health of your pregnancy.

6. What is the most painless way to give birth?

Epidurals block off pain in the lower body. But besides that some mothers also vote for opioids. Examples include fentanyl, morphine, and nalbuphine. Unfortunately opioids can produce certain side effects in the respiratory and neurological systems of the baby, which is why a lot of women choose to go through labor without drugs. Talk to your doctor and find out exactly how likely the side effects are with certain drugs administered during labor. Remember! How much pain you choose to take during labor is up to you!

7. How bad is the pain of natural vaginal birth?

Television and media portray labor to be the worst pain of a woman’s life and any new mother naturally feels a kind of trepidation about the pain of labor. Although labor pains will differ from woman to woman, women have typically reported that the pain is not as bad as it is often portrayed to be. Some have described it to be a more intense level of something like menstrual pain, yet some have also described it to be a pain so intense that they felt a disassociation from their body. Some people have said that the 9 months of pregnancy were way more difficult than actual labor, while some swear by epidurals. The best thing we can say is to prepare yourself, prepare your body, choose the birth plan that feels right to you and embrace the experience with the right support system. 

8. What is the chance of paralysis with an epidural?

The chances of paralysis with an epidural is about 1 in 20,000. We would say that this is a slim chance. Although there are likely to be great benefits to a drug-free natural birth, depending on your age and medical condition, an epidural could be perfectly viable birth plan as well.

9. Will gestational diabetes go away after birth?

Yes, if routinely monitored, gestational diabetes goes away after birth in 98 out of 100 women afflicted with it! But we suggest that you keep your sugar intake low and opt for more natural forms of sugar whether or not you were diagnosed with gestational diabetes. And remember, it takes proper monitoring to make sure that gestational diabetes subsides after birth.