Why does my child need to be vaccinated?All children in the UK are offered vaccinations against diseases such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and mumps. If enough children are vaccinated, it's very difficult for a disease to take hold and spread, which is why, in the UK an...
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will be cleaned with a cold liquid then a special, hollow needle will be inserted between the vertebrae in your lower back. A thin tube will be passed through the middle of the needle and then the needle will be taken away, leaving the tube in place. Anaesthetic
to your doctor or consultant about all your concerns.How is amniocentesis carried out?First, you have an ultrasound scan to check the exact position of the baby and the placenta. A long hollow needle attached to a syringe is then carefully inserted
to avoid operating on the cyst until after your baby is born, and instead will monitor it via extra scans. If the cyst gets so big it prevents the baby's head from engaging in your pelvis, your doctor may insert a needle and drain it when you're close
Eggs are usually collected by ultrasound guidance under sedation. This involves a needle being inserted through the vagina and into each ovary. The eggs are then collected through the needle. Cramping and a small amount of vaginal bleeding can occur after
, hollow needle. It works by numbing pain signals from your womb and cervix to your brain. You'll need to have a drip in your arm. This is in case the epidural causes your blood pressure to drop suddenly, which could affect the flow of oxygen to your baby
'll be given a local anaesthetic, then a fine needle is pushed through your tummy to collect a sample of cells from your placenta. There's a very small risk of miscarriage.AmniocentesisThis diagnostic test is done from 15 weeks to check for things such as Down
) and hanging a needle or wedding ring over your bump on a piece of cotton to see which way it spins (left for a boy, right for a girl). Neither method has proven to be accurate. The only effective ways of telling the sex are ultrasound scans (although even
on the belief that an energy, or life force (or 'chi'), flows through the body in channels called meridians. It's thought that when chi cannot flow freely it causes illness, and that inserting needles at points on the body can restore the flow and boost health