I'm 14 and suffer from facial redness that is really embarrassing. What is it, and how can I prevent it?
Flushing at 14 is very common and results from the changes in the circulation in your skin that come along with your developing hormone cycle. I'm afraid there isn't much you can do about it, except to be reassured on two fronts: the first is that it will settle down, so that by around 16 (I know that sounds a long time, but it isn't really) you won't notice it so much. The second is that you notice it much more than your friends do - they're probably worrying about some facial blemish or redness of their own that you haven't even noticed. That's the way of things in teenage. I hope that doesn't sound patronising. There isn't anything you can do, except apply a little make-up, perhaps, to tone down the flushing.
I recently had a caesarean at 31 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia - the second time in three years. In both pregnancies, my body took a complete battering, my liver function in particular. Are there any supplements I could take?
The good news is that most women who have pre-eclampsia or full eclampsia do very well when their pregnancies are over. An occasional blood pressure check is probably advisable, because a small minority develop high blood pressure later, but that can be easily controlled. There is no need to take any supplement (none has ever been proven in good trials to make any difference). Your body will recover normally, and you can enjoy your children without thinking you are ill or need special medication. Pre-eclampsia is your reaction to having a baby in your womb: once he or she has been born, the cause has gone and you return to normal.
Does the quality of driving worsen during menstruation? My reactions seem slower during this time.
Most trial and anecdotal evidence relating the menstrual cycle to mechanical and mental efficiency has found that it's the premenstrual time, not the days of bleeding, that causes problems. Premenstrual syndrome is now well accepted as causing impaired reactions and even judgment, but the generally accepted medical mantra is that it is quickly relieved as the menses start. So it is odd that you feel the menstrual days are difficult. Could you be slightly anaemic? If you're worried that you might cause a crash, talk it over with your doctor.
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