Pregnancy – How To Know If You May Be Pregnant

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baby-handAre you wondering if you might be pregnant? If you are, you may feel a range of emotions, from jubilation and wonder, to fear and trepidation. How you feel about pregnancy will depend on your marital status, lifestyle, life plans, and financial status. Every woman reacts to the idea of pregnancy differently. To help you decide if you may be carrying a baby, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide to pregnancy.

Our outline includes important information about the most common pregnancy signs and symptoms. If you have these symptoms of pregnancy, be sure to visit your family doctor for a pregnancy test. You may also buy a pregnancy test from a pharmacy. However, a test that is purchased from a  pharmacy  is no substitute for the expertise and caring service that a general physician is able to provide.

About Pregnancy
Pregnancy happens when an egg in your womb is fertilized by a man’s sperm. Sexual intercourse is required for such fertilization, although certain forms of non-intercourse activity may be enough to place sperm close to the opening of the vagina.

Since sperm “swim” upwards, it’s important to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy by asking your partner to wear a condom during all forms of sexual contact. There are various sites online that provide tips and tricks on how to discuss this with your teenage daughter.

Abstinence from sexual activity is really the only fool-proof method of avoiding pregnancy. However, birth control pills and condoms do offer a high degree of effectiveness. Since birth control pills and other forms of contraceptives (such as patches or rings) won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, making sure that your partner wears a condom is extremely important.

Pregnancy Signs
Typical symptoms of pregnancy include nausea, weight gain, and fatigue. Hormonal changes in your body occur when you fall pregnant, and these changes trigger dreaded “morning sickness”. For some unlucky women, morning sickness may actually continue months into a pregnancy.

Many women don’t realize that they are expecting a baby until they begin to experience nausea, so it’s definitely a telltale sign of pregnancy. However, nausea may also be the result of food poisoning, stomach flues, or a range of other illnesses. Therefore, getting a pregnancy test is the best way to find out if you’re actually carrying a child.

Today’s pharmacy pregnancy tests are quite sensitive, and they will detect pregnancy hormones just days after your last missed period. Pregnancy tests administered by family physicians are also extremely accurate. If you’re nervous about buying a test or seeing a doctor, consider visiting a free clinic. Never avoid seeking out the medical care that you need. There are lots of people out there who will help you, without ever judging you.

Weight gain, particularly in the lower abdominal region, is another sign of pregnancy. Women who are pregnant may also experience swelling in the face, hands and feet. If you feel heavier than you used to be, and your lower abdomen feels quite firm to the touch (yet larger than it should be), you may be expecting a baby. A doctor will palpate your abdomen, looking for the telltale “feel” of a developing womb.

Fatigue is very common in all stages of pregnancy. Women who are pregnant will often feel very sleepy and sluggish as their bodies adjust to having a baby on board. Pregnant women need excellent nutrition, lots of fluids, and plenty of rest in order to feel their very best.

Pregnancy lasts for nine months, and the stages of pregnancy are divided into three trimesters. Each twelve-week trimester marks the continued development of the baby inside of the womb. Women who are pregnant may be given prenatal vitamins to help ensure the birth of healthy babies, and they will need to see their doctors regularly as their due dates approach.

The Love Libra website provides detailed information about a range of women’s health specialising in periods and ovulation.


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