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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Smoking in pregnancy is harmful to your baby. Quitting is one of the best things you can do to protect your baby’s health through pregnancy and beyond.
You don't have to stop having fun now you're pregnant - but there are a few things you'll have to give up or cut to almost zero. Alcohol is one of these things, because it can damage your growing baby.
Although it’s normal to have periods of worry and stress when you’re pregnant, some women have feelings that don’t go away and this can be a sign of something more serious.
People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant.
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ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2014. Next review date April 1st, 2017.
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