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Q: I feel exhausted all the time. Should I make an appointment with my GP? A: Tiredness is very common and many patients feel exhausted even though they're sleeping well. Make an appointment with your GP who may suggest you have a blood test to rule out a medical cause such as anaemia or an underactive thyroid gland.

Q: I've just found out I'm pregnant, which is great news, However, I'm worried as my mother had pre-eclampsia when she was pregnant.

Am I at risk? A: You're at higher risk of pre-eclampsia if there is a family history of it.

Please don't worry - just make sure you attend all your antenatal appointments.

There are usually no symptoms to warn you if you have it.

However, routine blood pressure and urine checks made by your midwife would pick it up and you would be given medication to control it.

Q: I'm 36 weeks' pregnant and have been told that my baby is breech. What does this mean? A: If your baby is breech, it means that they are lying with their bottom downwards.

Your obstetrician and midwife will discuss with you the best and safest form of care and you will be advised to have your baby in hospital.

Austin Fleming is community pharmacist at Lynemouth Pharmacy in Morpeth
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2013
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