Dear doctor, I am now 36 weeks pregnant and too exhausted with my pregnancy. I want to be delivered early but my doctor has refused. What should I do? There is no doubt that pregnancy can be stressful in many ways. There is initial excitement when a desired pregnancy becomes a reality. But as pregnancy advances, many changes occur in your body. Some changes are undesirable; like poor sleeping patterns, easy exhaustion, and pelvic discomfort among others. Most of such symptoms are luckily of an innocent nature. But it can all get too much, hence the wish to get it all over and done with when you get too overwhelmed.
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Urinary tract infections, commonly called UTIs are fairly common in women. They tend to occur mostly in the bladder and the urethra (the tube that brings urine out). In some cases, the infection can spread to affect the kidneys as well.
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Fibroids are non-cancerous growths on the womb (uterus), and are very common in women. Scientific studies estimate that fibroids occur in about one in every two women. Fibroids usually develop prior to pregnancy, and it’s not uncommon for women to be told they have fibroids at the time of their first pregnancy scan. Fortunately, majority of women with fibroids in pregnancy will not experience any complications. The growth of the unborn baby is largely unaffected. Pregnancy advances normally, and delivery is not any different from that of other women without fibroids.
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I need your help. I am 2 months pregnant and I have been vomiting excessively. I can’t retain any fluids or feeds. What should I do please? Nausea and vomiting is very common in early pregnancy. For some, it is the initial indication of an unplanned pregnancy. It’s usually caused by rising levels of a particular hormone produced in early pregnancy. Luckily, the hormone levels tend to taper off as the pregnancy advances. For the majority, the nausea and vomiting tends to resolve by the end of the first 3 months.
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Carrying a twin pregnancy is not an uncommon event. It occurs when the uterus carries two fetuses simultaneously rather than one. Having twins runs in some families, and age appears to be a contributing factor. Women in their late thirties have a higher chance of having twins, usually due to release of more than one egg during the menstrual cycle. But with increasing use of assisted conception, there is a trend towards a disproportionate number of twin pregnancies.
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