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 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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