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11 Dec I am 30, a first-time mum and am 32 weeks pregnant. I had bleeding and labour pains a few days ago and was admitted to hospital. The bleeding and contractions have since subsided after medications. I was also given a steroid injection. What is it for and does it carry any risk to the baby?

From your description, you may have had a threatened premature labour. The steroid injection you received is probably the corticosteroids. Babies born premature are at risk of having breathing difficulties and other serious health problems at birth. The steroids given are to help the lungs of...

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04 Dec Can the unborn baby feel pain?

This subject was unclear until recently when a growing body of evidence suggests that a foetus does feel pain early in pregnancy. According to research studies in the field of prenatal surgery, an unborn baby can feel pain in first trimester. By the 20th week of...

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27 Nov How does twin pregnancy occur?

The number of twin pregnancies has increased in recent years. This is due to the fact that women are having babies late and consequent fertility treatments using IVF procedures. There are two types of twins, identical (monozygotic) and non-identical (dizygotic). About a third of all twins...

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09 Oct I had an abortion when I was a teenager. I am now 27 years and am planning to get married next year. I am worried about whether the abortion would have affected my fertility. What should I do?

Abortion, also known as termination of pregnancy, is a surgical procedure usually performed in the first trimester of pregnancy under general anesthesia . In this procedure, the neck of the womb(cervix) is gradually forced open by the gynaecologist using metal dilators of various sizes. After the...

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