Q: â€œHelp! Iâ€™m pregnant and my doctor says I need surgery. Will this harm my baby?â€
A: Itâ€™s very unlikely, says Portland, Ore., OB-GYN Desiree Bley, M.D. To avoid risking miscarriage, we delay nonemergency surgeries until the second trimester. Although preterm labor is a risk then and later, itâ€™s a treatable one. We prefer regional or local anesthesia to general, but even the latter wonâ€™t harm the fetus.