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Moms-to-be get answers

Published:Monday | June 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
From left: All smiles are Dr Sara Lawrence, Samantha Wright and Vinette Chisholm.
A glowing Sasha Dixon in her third trimester proudly shows off her baby bump.
B3 Parenting Magazine's Michelle Gordon opens the floor for questions following Expectations and Answers one of the activities of Big Baby Shower 2016.
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Sharmaine Mitchell gives expecting mothers some very important information.
Panelists Gynaecologist Dr Sara Lawrence and Fertility expert Dr Vernon DaCosta listens keenly to a guest's question.

B3 Parenting Magazine's Expectations and Answers (part of the Big Bay Shower), held at Courtyard by Marriott in New Kingston last Tuesday was a bundle of fun, with experts providing mothers-to-be with advice to prepare them for the next chapter of their lives.

Dr Sharmaine Mitchell, Dr Sara Lawrence and Dr Vernon DaCosta were the panellists for the discussion that soon took a turn towards the Zika virus. Many mothers-to-be and women who are thinking about getting pregnant declared that they were worried about the virus.

The doctors said that the best thing anyone can do is avoid getting Zika in the first place. They encouraged members of the audience to take every precaution possible to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

Dr Lawrence noted that if a woman gets the virus, she should wait at least eight weeks before she tries to have a child. If a man gets Zika, he should wait six months. The virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse as it can be found in male semen once the virus is contracted. Therefore, couples should avoid having unprotected sex once one partner has the virus.




Some women wanted to know if it was safe for them to breastfeed if they have contracted the Zika virus. Dr DaCosta said that it is safe to breastfeed even when the mother has Zika.

Fibroids also came up in the discussions. Many women wanted to know whether having natural birth after a myomectomy (surgery done to remove fibroids) was possible.

Dr Mitchell mentioned that while this is possible, it is not recommended. This is because the uterus can rupture, resulting in the mother not only losing her uterus but her child as well. A Caesarean section (C-section) is a preferred option.

Other women wanted to know how much childbirth would hurt and if husbands should be invited into the

delivery room.

The pain was something that both Dr Mitchell and Dr Lawrence said was subjective. Dr Lawrence said that what worked for her was reading and having an understanding of the process.

When it came to inviting the partners into the delivery room, Dr Mitchell said the decision was

personal and dependent on whether the man could handle it. Dr DaCosta, on the other hand, believed that the man should definitely be there.

In addition to a better understanding of the journey they were on, guests at the event left with a 'goody bag' from Smart Eggs that included Elle & Vire yoghurt, prenatal vitamins and pop drops, and a sippy cup.