I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING NIGHTMARES THAT I WILL LOSE MY BABY. THIS IS MAKING ME VERY TENSED. WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS? Sonali: It is normal to have nightmares at this time mainly because your overall sleep is very disturbed. You are also going through a major change in your life and even during the day, your mind is riddled with doubts and queries. Please do not take the content of the nightmare in the literal sense. Dreaming that you will miscarry does not mean that this will happen. You need to keep your thoughts positive. Relax and meditate during the day; engage in some light exercise in the evening hours, and finally at bedtime have a cup of warm milk with a spoon of honey. This will help you get a more rested sleep and will keep the nightmares at bay. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW IS CONSTANTLY GIVING ME ADVISE ON HOW TO SIT, WHAT TO EAT AND KEEPS INTERFERING BETWEEN MY HUSBAND AND ME. MY HUSBAND IS ALSO STARTING TO LISTEN TO HER AND FEELS THAT I AM NOT BEING CAREFUL DURING MY PREGNANCY. THIS IS MAKING ME UPSET. WHAT CAN I DO? Sonali: Unsolicited advice from well-meaning family and friends is a very common side effect of pregnancy. However, this does not negate the fact that harmless ‘advice’ can be very disturbing to the pregnant mother. I suggest you just smile and nod along, and do exactly what your doctor advises you to. Plan your visits around your husband’s schedule to ensure he’s present at all prenatal check-ups. This will help clear any doubts or concerns he may have. Moreover, this will help make him more understanding and supportive when it comes to dealing with family advice. I WANT TO WATCH THE LATEST HORROR-THRILLER MOVIE BUT I AM SIX MONTHS PREGNANT. WILL IT AFFECT MY BABY? Sonali: The answer to this completely depends on how the movie affects you. Remember, your baby lives in the environment you create for him. He does not have perceptions of his own. If you are happy, your baby is happy; if you are upset, your baby is upset. In the same way, if the horror movie scares you, your baby will experience the same emotion. However if you find it enjoyable and at some level funny, then the baby will also enjoy the movie with you.