What are the earliest signs that I am expecting?
Take a pregnancy test. A pregnancy test is the way to know for sure. If it is too soon to get an accurate reading, then pay attention to the following signs of pregnancy—fatigue, nausea, frequent urination, aversions to foods that you normally love, morning sickness, breast swelling and tenderness, and a missed period if you are very regular with menstruation.
How do I calculate due date?
The average pregnancy lasts 280 days from the last menstrual period, or more precisely, 266 days following your last ovulation cycle (or approximately 40 weeks). This process is more of an estimation than an exact or definitive date of conception.
Is it safe to have sex when pregnant?
Of course. Unless your body is telling you otherwise or if a physician has given you orders not to. As you get closer to delivery the rule of thumb changes. Anatomically speaking, the amniotic sac, the uterus, and the mucus plug in the cervix all provide strong protection for your baby.
Remember, some instances your doctor may tell you to abstain from intercourse especially if you are at risk for a premature labor, or if you suffer from placenta previa (the placenta is too close to the cervix), or vaginal bleeding.
What to expect from my first checkup?
Your first checkup often takes longer than the follow-ups. Here are several things that make take place at your first check up.
A blood and urine test to confirm the pregnant and estimate due date, a medical history, a general physical health exam checking weight, blood pressure, heart, lung, pelvic, and breast health, a blood test to check for things like anemia, STDs, and antibodies, a pap smear and culture, a urine test to check for infection, sugar and protein levels, a discussion about your nutrition and lifestyle.
This is a list of what may happen. They’re concerned for your health and the baby’s health. So all the things that occur on this visit will be to ensure a healthy pregnancy, growing baby, and mother.
Do I need to take prenatal vitamins?
We say yes. Prenatal vitamins essential to a mother who is accommodating new demands on her body. Pregnancy is the process of growing a new life and in this process your body is providing the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals required for that process, while still providing your own body with its continued needs. Each person has different needs and additional requirements it is highly recommended you speak to your doctor or midwife about which prenatal is best for your life’s needs and pregnancy.
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