Your questions, answered by midwives

This section gives you the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked during pregnancy. Compiled by the Tommy's team of midwives and you.

These are the questions most commonly asked of the team of Tommy's midwives during pregnancy. 

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  • By Mary (not verified) on 5 May 2018 - 14:46

    Hi, I did my first ultrasound today and it was 17weeks+3days but the thing is it indicates that the the fetal is breech. Is it normal

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 May 2018 - 11:06

    Hi Mary
    At 17 weeks, that baby can be in any position it wants to be! It is likely to change position about 10 times a day as it has plenty of space to move around while it is still small. We are only concerned if baby is still breech after 36-37 weeks gestation.
    So no need to worry at all!
    All the best Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 10 Apr 2018 - 11:36

    After a previous miscarriage I had an early pregnancy scan at 8 weeks as was unsure of dates as no period in between miscarriage and new pregnancy. Turns out there are two babies measuring the same size and with heartbeats. I am terrified of losing on or both babies, now have booking in appointment for when I will be 10+5, can the midwife listen for heartbeats then? I know she can't always find them but if she could it would help my anxiety alot. I hope I dont have to wait too long after booking appointment for the 12 week scan!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 10 Apr 2018 - 14:54

    Hi there. I completely understand your anxiety after a loss and you are not alone in feeling this way. However it is almost impossible for the midwife to find the fetal heart beat of each twin with a handheld doppler much before 16- 18 weeks. Even at 16-18 weeks, it might be tricky and so this can take a while for the midwife to find each twin and ensure that each twin has been heard. You will see and hear the heartbeats on ultrasound scan as well which you will find reassuring and also enjoy. The midwife may use a pinard to locate each twin before using the handheld device for you to hear too. It would be good for your midwife at booking to be informed of your anxiety so that she can book you more appointments for extra support. You will have more scans having twins also throughout pregnancy. If you wish to talk anything through, then please do call us on 0800 0147800
    All the best
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Jen (not verified) on 4 Apr 2018 - 21:23

    I'm 6 +4 and all my symptoms disappeared about 5 days ago I had sore boobs and twinges in my stomach nothing. Suffer from anxiety and really worried something has happened but won't know for another 5 weeks. I have read about a missed miscarriage where you don't bleed and feel this might be happening to me. I think about it all day and night and can't seem to switch off and rela because I know something's not right.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Apr 2018 - 12:09

    Hi Jen,
    I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling so anxious and this is keeping you awake at night. If you have had a sudden loss of symptoms and are feeling this way then do see your GP for a review. Please know that we are here to support you also, if you would like you can email us [email protected] or call us on 0800 0147 800, we are here Monday to Friday 9-5pm for advice and support.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwives

  • By Salma (not verified) on 30 Mar 2018 - 16:40

    Hi am five weeks and my first ecography will be on the 12. I eat well and sleep well. But am no longer having my symptoms like headache and body temperature. But my boobs are sore. If i don't have symptoms is everything alright? I also see alot of pregnant women mention implantation bleeding...I dint have any of that.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Apr 2018 - 10:22

    Hi Salma
    Pregnancy symptoms can come and go. Some women never experience any pregnancy symptoms at all, whilst others seem to never be rid of them. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. Please do not be worried. If you wish to call and speak to us in detail about this, please call us on 0800 0147800.
    All the best
    Sophie, Tommy's Midwife

  • By Baby (not verified) on 21 Mar 2018 - 11:48

    I am in my second trimester and all my cramps have now gone from first trimester. I can't feel my uterus stretching no more and have had no pains, I, worried as they say that I'm your second trimester you feel the uterus stretching. I'm 14 weeks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 12:41

    Please try not to worry, not every pregnant women gets stretching pains, and for some they are earlier or later. You should have had a scan in the last couple of weeks, if this has not happened then please contact your midwife straight away. Pregnancy symptoms can come and go throughout the pregnancy, but any concerns then do check in with your midwife for advice.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwife.

  • By Debi (not verified) on 19 Mar 2018 - 20:08

    I am currently 6 weeks and 6 days and saw my gp today. I have been offered my booking in appointment in 6 weeks time and concerned that it is so late.
    I also have a history of depression. Does that sound right?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Mar 2018 - 09:58

    Hi Debi,
    Ideally your booking appointment should be between about 8-10 weeks of pregnancy so this is later than advised. It is important that you are seen in time to be able to discussed screening options and to get booked in for a scan before 13+6 weeks. It maybe worth just ringing the antenatal clinic of where you are booked and discuss with them to see if they have an earlier slot or put you in touch with a community midwife who maybe able to do it sooner. With regards to your history of depression, if you are on any medication then it is important to be reviewed and discuss anything that you maybe taking. You should also have the opportunity to discuss your mental health and any support options that are available to you. If you are feeling low or depressed in the meantime then please do not hesitate to see your GP to discuss support for you.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwife.

  • By Debi (not verified) on 21 Mar 2018 - 23:38

    Thanks. I manage my moods with cbt techniques quite well but obviously want to keep an eye on any changes.

    I rang the GP and they have now offered me an earlier appointment. I am not happy with how my gp has handled things so far but feel more comfortable advocating for myself. It's great to have this resource for support too.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 22 Mar 2018 - 15:41

    Hi Debi,

    It's great to hear that you have been offered an earlier appointment and that you have a strategy to manage your moods, CBT can work really well. Thank you for your positive feedback, please let us know if there is anything more we can do to improve our service and the support we provide. Best Wishes, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Cindy (not verified) on 7 Mar 2018 - 22:47

    Hi, I’m 30 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby, I’m really bad at worrying about everything and about every possible thing that could happen. I’m scared this may affect my baby! Is this normal?

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Mar 2018 - 10:36

    This is very common but there are some small things that you can do to reduce your anxiety. Make sure that you eat well and add some exercise to your regime each day. This helps to increase the endorphins which can give you a sense of well being and reduce anxiety. You can also try techniques like yoga, pilates or mindfulness to help you focus the mind. I hope that one of these will be good for you. Best wishes

  • By Amanda (not verified) on 3 Mar 2018 - 22:12

    Hi I’m 5 weeks pregnant and when I went to the toilet had a discharge not red blood or brown was in between got lower back pain not abdominal pain as of yet is that the start of a miscarriage

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 5 Mar 2018 - 13:34

    Hi Amanda,
    It does not sound like anything to worry about at the moment. An increase in discharge is very common in pregnancy. If you do not have any pain or bleeding then this is reassuring. If you have any itchy down below then this maybe a sign of thrush so if this is case then you can see your GP or pharmacist for advice. Best wishes, Tommy's midwives

  • By Suzanne (not verified) on 15 Feb 2018 - 11:26

    Hi i had a bleed and i had to have a scan and the baby had an heartbeat. I got refused a 12 weeks scan cause i already had one and now am feeling anxious

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 15 Feb 2018 - 13:27

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.

    If you were between 10 - 14 weeks when you had your first scan, did you have bloods taken at the same time to test for certain conditions that a baby could have. These are Down's syndrome that is also called Trisomy 21 or T21. Edwards' syndrome that is also called Trisomy 18 or T18, and Patau's syndrome that is also called Trisomy 13 or T13.

    If these tests were done at the time of your scan then you wont need another scan until your 20 week anomaly scan unless there is any indication for you to have a scan. If all was well at your first scan then there should be nothing to worry about at this stage but I can understand your anxieties especially after having a bleed, this can be worrying for you.

    If you have any further bleeding or abdominal pain, then we would advice that you need to be seen again to check that all is well with the pregnancy. If we can be of more support to you then please contact the Tommy's Midwives directly on 0800 0147 800 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm or email [email protected] Take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Abigail (not verified) on 26 Jan 2018 - 15:36

    I'm 5wks pregnant...Can I go for an ultrasound scan

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 29 Jan 2018 - 09:49

    I am assuming that you want to have an ultrasound scan of the baby. Early pregnancy scanning is quite common and not harmful. If all is well you will be referred for a routine scan at 12-14 weeks. In the absence of any known problems you won't be offered one before this but some women do choose to have a scan privately.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 17 Dec 2017 - 11:16

    Is it safe to go to the cinema when pregnant. I’m 31 weeks and was there last night. My baby kicked lots during the film and I’m now very worried it has hurt her ears.


  • By Midwife @Tommys on 18 Dec 2017 - 12:46

    Yes it is quite safe to go to the cinema when pregnant. The baby is in a fluid filled sac and will experience very muffled sounds. Try lying in the bath with your ears under the water and you will experience that sounds are much quieter and less clear.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 11 Dec 2017 - 22:18

    Hi I have felt my daughter move around but can't remember when do u feel the baby kick if it's ur second on my 1st pregnancy I didn't feel my son kick until 24 weeks is it anything to worry about she's more active the night with movements but bot kicks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Dec 2017 - 15:34

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.

    Women in their second pregnancy may feel their babies move a lot sooner then in their first pregnancy. Movements can be felt from between 16-25 weeks but this can be sooner in a second pregnancy. Baby may not be doing big kicks at this stage but it sounds like you are still feeling your baby move. With all concerns with movements we do encourage women to see their midwife who can listen in to check baby's heartbeat and wellbeing. You don't say how may weeks you are but if you are concerned about the movements then please get checked over then you will feel reassured. Hope this helps, Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

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