Patrick O'Brien discusses some General Pregnancy questions and answers.
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Emma Howard: Now pregnancy brings with it a whole host of aches, pains and worries. Luckily, help is at hand. Thanks to Patrick O'Brien, a consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has joined us at the Baby Channel to answer some of the questions that you've sent in and we've got quite a lot Patrick. Let me get going with the first one. Dr. Patrick O'Brien: Okay. Emma Howard: I'm 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I'm really finding it hard to walk about as I'm tired and breathless. And she wants to know, should I still be trying to exercise or should she just sit down? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: Well, what she is feeling of course is very common at this stage of pregnancy. The baby is big. Could you imagine, if the baby was born and you walk around carrying this baby in your arms all day? Yeah, you will be absolutely exhausted by the end of the day. So it's perhaps not surprising that she is feeling like that. It is good to try to stay reasonably active until the end of pregnancy, getting some exercise everyday even if that's just a walk for half an hour or something like that. Emma Howard: Does exercise helps you in labor? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: It helps you bit in labor. It's good to keep aerobically fit, it's good to keep supple, and it's good to keep active. But not to the point of exhaustion and there is no doubt that it can be pretty uncomfortable at that stage. And also the baby is pushing down and it can be a lot of pressure down here. So I think what she is feeling is normal but to try to stay a bit active is good. Emma Howard: I'll remember climbing steps was an absolute nightmare. I felt like an asthmatic but climbing steps is quite good if you take it slowly. Isn't it? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: Absolutely. A certain amount of breathlessness is of course is normal in pregnancy. It's partly because you're breathing for the baby, it's partly because the baby is getting big and squashing the lungs from underneath so there is no much space. On the other hand, if you get very breathless in pregnancy, it's worth going to see a doctor just to check that their heart and lungs are working okay. Emma Howard: Right. Now we have another question from somebody who is 13 and half weeks pregnant, so well not even a half way there -- this woman is being getting a discharge. She says its light green in color and wants to know if it's normal. She also says that she is being really sick and most of the time she is feeling nauseous. She would be great if you could help. What is that? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: Well, they are two separate things there. The first is the discharge. There is no doubt that an increased amount of discharge is normal in pregnancy. Emma Howard: What about the color there, light green? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: Yeah, that's the big concern I have to say. The hormones of pregnancy stimulate all the glands in that area to produce a lot more discharge. So that's normal. The color is a bit concerning though and certainly if there are any problems like color or itching or soreness, then it certainly would be advisable to see a doctor and have a swab test taken because there might just be some infection there. If there is infection, there are many antibiotics that are safe to take in pregnancy that should be successfully - that's just successfully treated. Emma Howard: And even that's different to her feeling sick. Dr. Patrick O'Brien: I think that's a completely separate issue. Emma Howard: Right, because she is obviously bringing the both together and that would be normal at 13 and half a weeks, wouldn't it? Dr. Patrick O'Brien: The good news is that for most women no matter how about the sickness usually 13-14 weeks, it tends to disappear so if she can hang in there another week or two, she probably would be a lot better. Emma Howard: Yeah, I'm feeling like a new person. Yes, I hope so, anyway. Is bleeding common during pregnancy? This woman wants to know because I started bleeding at nine weeks and I'm now 12 and I'm still