- Women's Health
Coping with Pregnancy
Early Symptom of Pregnancy
Even before a woman misses her period there are often some little tell tale signs that she may be pregnant.
Sometimes as early as the day after conception a woman will notice that her breasts feel a bit heavier and look a little bigger or her nipples might feel tender and a little painful to the touch.
Hormonal changes in the woman's body can make her feel tired and a little lethargic or she could suffer from headaches because of the slightly increased blood circulation around her body.
There are many more signs of early pregnancy which are discussed in this article
Although there are a lot of pregnancy symptoms some women can go through the first trimester without displaying a singe one of them except the missed periods.
If you think that you may be pregnant then the first thing that you should do is invest in a home pregnancy testing kit.
Home pregnancy tests are 99.9% accurate and if the result is positive then the odds are that you are with child.
Having taken the test and found a positive result there are some steps that you should take to ensure the best care for you and your unborn baby.
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I am Pregnant Now What?
Having taken the test and found a positive result there are 5 steps that you should now take to ensure your well being as well as that of your unborn baby.
Although most home pregnancy test kits are accurate you should take another test a day or 2 later for a second opinion and confirmation.
let your doctor know and make an appointment to confirm that you are indeed pregnant and start the antenatal ball rolling.
If you did not take them while you were trying for baby, it is now time to start, Folic acid tablets are important during fetal development stages and a lack of folic acid causes severe deformities and diseases. 400 grams are the daily recommendation
The Internet is a great resource for mothers to be, there are many forums out there which offer mums to be plenty of hints, tips and advice which can be invaluable during all stages off your pregnancy.
The Internet is also a great shopping arcade which can save you a lot of money rather than if you do most of your shopping on the High street.
Start a daily diary of what is happening to your body and taking a note of any symptoms that you may be having, it is a great way to monitor your pregnancy and it will give you a fond reminder in years to come.
Calculate your Due Date
How to calculate your due date
Although the length of pregnancy varies from woman to woman the average time from conception to birth is between 37-42 weeks.
Most midwives calculate your due date as 40 weeks from the day after your period was due.
This way can be a hit or a miss simply because some women have different monthly cycles, some have the classic 28 days between periods where others can fluctuate from month to month.
Calculating your due date at 40 weeks from the day after your period weeks gives you a rough estimate (give or take a week or 2) of the baby's arrival date but no method can give you an exact due date.
About 6-8 weeks into your pregnancy you will get a more accurate due date but again this date is not written in stone.
At 6-8 weeks you will be asked to go for an ultra sound scan which calculates the due date from the growth and development of the baby inside you.
Coping With Morning Sickness
Although called Morning sickness it can apply to any time of the day or night the sensation of wanting to vomit is overwhelming and although you may feel sick not all pregnant women will actually be sick.
During this time of pregnancy it is important to keep your sugar levels up and keep hunger at bay, plain biscuits or dry toast are easy on your stomach and can help you to eat and keep the sickness at bay, ginger has been proven to help in morning sickness because it removes trapped gas and it helps to relax the intestinal tract which helps to improve your digestion.
fizzy drinks are also a good way to get rid of excess gas leaving you feel less bloated and less inclined to be sick.
Try to stay away from fatty foods because they stay in your stomach longer and are difficult to digest which adds to the sickening feeling.
Note to Dad: Making fun of a woman going through morning sickness is not a good thing to do, a little sympathy a back rub and a comforting hug will keep you out of the doghouse.
This warning is from personal experience.