Getting Pregnant

Lifestyle changes and parenthood

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I'm almost nineteen and my boyfriend and I have decided to start trying to get pregnant, but I have a few questions.

First, almost two years ago I got a pap and they said I had HPV. I got treatment for it and went back the next year and they said everything was fine. Could I still have it and if I do could HPV harm my baby when I am pregnant or giving birth?

Second, I still have my hymen, the skin that is supposed to go away when your younger. Should I get it removed before giving birth?

Could the Pain Be a Pulled Muscle?

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


Dear Fitness Expert,
I haven't been diagnosed with PCOS, but it not only runs in the family, but I have seen my cysts through sonogram. I started working out about a month ago. After the first two days of exercising I started to get a sharp pain on the left side of my abdomen. I thought that I might be pregnant since I was about two weeks late. But, my HPT came up negative.