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Dr Emma Scott (MBChB, MRCGP) is a qualified GP and mummy to two young children. She works in a GP practice in Edinburgh and in the out of hours GP service in Livingston and she has experience in both obstetrics & gynaecology and paediatrics.

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Ectopic Pregnancy: What you need to know

Pregnancy / Health Risks

What is an ectopic pregnancy? Ectopic pregnancy is a rare, but serious complication of early pregnancy where a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus. It affects approximately 11 pregnancies …

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Baby / Health

Need to know: Hand foot and mouth disease   What causes it?   Hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common childhood illness that occurs as a result of infection with coxsackie group viruses.  It u…

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Head Lice

Family / Health

The mere mention of these little creatures is probably enough to get you scratching, but the chances are that if you’ve got children in nursery or primary school you’ll probably end up with a case of …

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10 myths about breastfeeding

Baby / Breast Feeding

Mothers have been breastfeeding babies for as long as mothers have had babies, so you’d think we’d know all there is to know about it. But despite large volumes of research into breastfeeding and vast…

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Top 10 Myths About Fertility

Trying For a Baby / Fertility

The Top 10 Myths About Fertility, written by Dr Emma Scott   If you’re trying for a baby chances are you can’t wait for a positive result! Friends and family may be keen to offer helpful tips, and of …

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Top 10 Myths About Vaccinations

Health & Safety / Health & Illness

The Top 10 Myths About Vaccinations, written by Dr Emma Scott   Over recent years the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children has been rising. Many parents are worried about the saf…

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Fertility Treatments

Trying For a Baby / Fertility

If you’ve had difficulty conceiving and have been referred to a fertility clinic then you may be offered fertility treatments to help you get pregnant. The treatments that are recommended to you will …

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Fertility Tests

Trying For a Baby / Fertility

Fertility tests - By Dr Emma Every couple’s fertility is different and it’s normal to take up to a year to conceive but if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over a year and you haven’t been succe…

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High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

Pregnancy / Health Risks

Raised blood pressure in pregnancy is fairly common, affecting about 10 – 15% of pregnancies. Some women might have high blood pressure before becoming pregnant whilst others may develop it during pre…

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IBS and pregnancy – 5 common questions

Pregnancy / Health Risks

Irritable bowel syndrome affects about 20% of people in the UK. It’s more common in women than in men, and tends to affect people in their 20s and 30s so it stands to reason that many women who become…

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Pre-eclampsia explained

Pregnancy / Health Risks

What is pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is a condition that develops when the placenta doesn’t develop normally during pregnancy. This leads to high blood pressure and protein in the urine in the early s…

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Should I have a C-section?

Pregnancy / Elective Caesarean

Nowadays in the UK nearly a quarter of babies are delivered by caesarean section (or C-section).  Caesarean deliveries are usually recommended when a normal delivery is likely to be particularly risky…

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Bleeding in pregnancy

Pregnancy / Health Risks

Many women experience some form of bleeding during pregnancy. In the first trimester up to 1 in every 5 women may experience bleeding, despite having a healthy, on-going pregnancy. Of course, if you a…

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Pregnancy / Health Risks

A deep vein thrombosis or DVT occurs when blood forms into a clot (also known as a thrombus), whilst still in the veins. This happens most commonly in the veins of the legs. A DVT causes pain and swel…

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Pregnancy associated nausea and vomiting

Pregnancy / Health Risks

Most women will experience some sickness in pregnancy, this can range from occasional mild nausea to severe vomiting requiring hospitalisation.  The good news is that there are many ways to manage nau…

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The routine vaccination programme

Baby / After the Birth

In the UK, babies and children are offered a series of vaccinations to protect them against several serious illnesses. As a result of this immunisation programme many of these diseases, such as polio,…

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Getting Pregnant

Trying For a Baby / Conception

Trying for a baby  If you’ve made the decision to try for a baby then you may be wondering what to expect next. Many couples conceive very soon after starting to have unprotected sex, whilst others ma…

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Gas and Air

Pregnancy / Child Birth

Gas and air, also known as “laughing gas” or Entonox, is often used by women for pain relief during labour. Although it won’t get rid of labour pains completely, it will certainly reduce the pain and …

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