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Six weeks into her second pregnancy, Kim Schuler Heinrichs thought all was lost. After learning she was pregnant, Schuler, now a mother of three in Allentown, Pa., started bleeding and cramping. "My husband and I were sure we were losing the baby," she says, "but soon the doctor found a heartbeat." A trouble-free seven months later, Schuler gave birth to a healthy girl.

Dizziness and Fainting

Why It Happens:
Rising hormone levels during pregnancy cause your blood vessels to relax and widen, increasing blood flow to your baby but lowering your blood pressure. This can reduce blood flow to your brain, temporarily causing dizziness. Most common after your first trimester, feeling lightheaded, dizzy or faint can also result from becoming overheated, having low blood sugar or getting up too quickly from a reclining or sitting position.
What to Do:

Bleeding and Vaginal Discharge During Pregnancy

Readers are thinking about sex and stuff this week. No surprise there. It's cold outside and no one can afford any outside entertainment so...whatcha gonna do? I got two emails from ladies who are still early in their pregnancies and had a little bleeding and brownish, gunky discharge after sex. Neither one had cramps and both felt fine otherwise but, obviously, bleeding's a worrisome thing.

Crazy Cramps

Let's talk about cramps. You thought you'd leave those suckers behind for nine months once you got pregnant. You figured you'd have a bunch of big whoppers when you went into labor but other than that, you'd be cramp-free. Along with no period, isn't that supposed to be one of the perks of pregnancy? But then you notice some twinges. A little aching that comes and goes. Maybe you're just a few weeks along and worried there's a miscarriage coming. Maybe you're in your second trimester and worried it's preterm labor.

The Lowest Lowdown on Hypothyroidism

I got another sad email this week from a grandmother. Kristen's daughter is pregnant with her second baby. The first, I'm very sad to report, died at birth. Kristen says the baby was born very underweight (only 4 pounds) but not premature. There was a lot of meconium and the placenta was very small. Kristen's daughter has hypothyroidism but took excellent care of her health throughout her pregnancy. Still, tragedy hit hard. Now that she's expecting her second baby, it's impossible not to feel anxious about losing another baby.

A Royal Pain in the Butt

Here's one of those questions everyone wants answered but so few are brave enough to ask. Because it's a rather sensitive subject, I'm not including my reader's name but honey, thank you for this one. She's seven months along and has, in her words: piles. Yep, those are hemorrhoids. They are oh-so-common during pregnancy and delivery and oh-so-uncomfortable.

From GBS to Gingersnaps

Last week I answered some of Kirsa's questions. This week we'll cover Group Beta Strep. Apparently, Kirsa tested positive and was told she'd receive antibiotics while in labor to prevent transmitting this bacteria to her newborn. She wonders if this will keep her confined to bed since she'll have an IV and what problems this poses for her baby. These are really good questions. We can cover a lot of ground answering these.

A Mother Never Forgets

Michelle's riding the roller coaster. She had an ultrasound this week because of spotting, thinking she was around nine weeks pregnant. The technician gave her sad news. There was a sac (amniotic membrane) but nothing in it. Michelle and her husband were obviously upset until an obstetrician told her the reason the sac was empty was because she was only six weeks along—not nine. Her blood hormone levels were adequate and appropriate for a six-week pregnancy. Sometimes we can see a beating heart on a six-week ultrasound but not always.

When Not to Worry

    Kim Six weeks into her pregnancy, Kim Schuler thought all was lost. After learning she was pregnant with her second child, Schuler, now 41 and a mother of three in Allentown, Pa., started bleeding and cramping. “My husband and I were sure we were losing the baby,” she says, “but soon the doctor found a heartbeat.” A trouble-free seven months later, Schuler gave birth to a healthy girl, Meredith.

a Pain in the......and other icky side effects solved--easily & safely

Odds are you’re thrilled about being pregnant. But pregnancy can also be a pain — literally. In fact, on some days labor might sound more appealing than another bout of constipation, swollen ankles or back pain. Nevertheless, it’s all worth it in the end, and in the meantime there are lots of simple things you can do to relieve these common discomforts, says Marion McCartney, director of professional services at the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Of course, you may be one of the lucky ones who sails through the whole nine months with barely a gripe.