It’s important to listen to your own instinct and the midwife will be happy to discuss your worries.
Do not rely on advice from family members, friends or even the internet.
Find out what to do if your midwife is not listening to you.
Being your own champion during pregnancy is important. That’s why Tommy’s has launched a new campaign called #AlwaysAsk to encourage you to trust your instincts and speak up when it comes to health concerns in pregnancy.
Practical tips from other women on how to get listened to and be taken seriously when you have a concern in pregnancy.
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- Macdonald S, Magill-Cuerden J, Mayes’ midwifery, fourteenth edition, Edinburgh: Baillir̈e Tindall Elsevier, 2012
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.
By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Aug 2017 - 04:22
Hi! Im 13 weeks pregnant and i have a stabbing pain right above my right hip..also a pain that feels like someonenis pinching my bellybutton..
By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Aug 2017 - 09:42
Hi - Congratulations on your pregnancy!
You may get sharp pains on both sides of your tummy, which get worse when you move. These are called 'round ligament pains' and are nothing to worry about. They are caused by all the stretching your womb is doing as it rapidly grows in size.
For further advice have a look at our information page on Stomach Pains:
By Anonymous (not verified) on 3 Jun 2017 - 15:34
I'm 33weeks plus 4days pregnant and i have been getting bad period pains across my lower back and sharp pains in the right hand side at the bottom of my belly just wondering if everything is ok
By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Jun 2017 - 11:18
Any abdominal pain at 33 weeks should be investigated as soon as possible. Best advice is to call your maternity unit and ask where you should go to be seen today. The number should be on your handheld notes. If you are still unsure you can call us on 0800 0147 800 but please be aware that this is not an emergency number and is staffed only during office hours. Best wishes Tommy's midwives x
By Midwife @Tommys on 2 Jun 2017 - 09:47
Thanks for your comment
Shortness of breath is fairly common in later pregnancy-as the baby grows and takes up more room in your abdomen, then puts pressure on your diaphragm, this can then make you feel breathless especially if you are lying flat.
Generally its not recommended to lie completely flat in pregnancy-as you've found this has made it difficult to breathe, but also the baby presses on a major blood vessel returning blood to your heart. This can make you feel faint as well as short of breath.
Try to avoid lying completely flat; sit up or lie on your left side as this can also help the blood flow through the placenta.
If your symptoms are worsening-you are breathless all the time or otherwise feeling unwell, don't hesitate to contact your midwife.
Please contact us at any time or call Tommy's PregnancyLine
0800 0147 800 for further advice
By Anonymous (not verified) on 1 Jun 2017 - 17:32
For the last 5 days I have hade a caugh and now I am struggling to breath when I lay down flat I am also 38 and 4 days pregnant and getting a lot of presser too just wondering on what to do
By Midwife @Tommys on 19 Jul 2017 - 09:17
I would suggest that you take yourself into your local labour ward/day assessment unit or triage urgently today if you have not already done so in relation to your worsening shortness of breath. You will need to be seen by a midwife and obstetric doctor and a plan of care made for you base upon their findings. Please take good care of yourself!