All the baby books tell you to have sex when you’re ovulating. That’s the basis of conception. One sperm fertilizing one egg means you’re parents. Following that logic, it makes sense that if you’re not ovulating, you won’t get pregnant. That logic, however, fails to take into account the longevity of sperm and the sometimes fickle nature of a woman’s reproductive cycle.
Bleeding during pregnancy sends off alarm bells, because it can be a warning sign that you’re having a miscarriage. While you’re right to be high alert, bleeding doesn’t necessarily mean anything’s wrong with your pregnancy. As many as 20 to 30 percent of pregnant women experience bleeding, according to the American Pregnancy Association, and of those women, only one-half have miscarriages. You can’t necessarily stop pregnancy bleeding, but there are some things you can do to help prevent it and to avoid making it worse.
Food allergies seem like a common occurrence, but they actually only affect 6 percent of children in the United States, according to BabyCenter. Many times, your child has a food intolerance that she will grow out of that is not a full-blown food allergy. Still, it’s important to monitor your baby closely to look for the signs of food allergies. Delaying certain foods until your baby is a certain age may also help prevent allergies, both now and later in life.
If you suspect you’re pregnant, you’re probably on an emotional roller coaster. It’s important to take a test to confirm your suspected pregnancy as soon as possible. The sooner you know, the sooner you can begin considering your options or start your prenatal care. Use the test with your very first urination of the day. First-morning urination has the highest levels of the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. The QuickVue pregnancy tests detects the presence of hCG in your urine to determine pregnancy.
You gained 30 lbs. during pregnancy but your baby only weighed eight of those. But, you don’t feel like you gained all that weight in body fat, so you might be wondering where the rest of that scale jump came from. There are a lot of reasons women gain weight during pregnancy and a lot of different places they gain it. For the most part, those scale increases indicate that your body’s doing its part to prepare you and your baby for a healthy gestation and delivery.
Even though C-sections are common, they’re still major surgical procedures. Your doctor cuts through several layers of skin and tissue and into your uterus in order to get to your baby. On top of that, you have a painful incision and a new baby that needs care. If that doesn’t put baby making out of your mind for a while, the risks it poses to your health might do it. If you don’t let both your internal and external incisions heal before becoming pregnant again, they could rupture or tear, putting you at an increased risk of bleeding, miscarriage and other serious complications.
It’s difficult to tell how your baby will react to high altitudes. Some babies handle plane trips and high-altitude destinations with no problems at all. Some have mild ear-pressure related discomfort. About 25 percent will experience will experience altitude sickness, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The key to getting your baby to sleep under these conditions is to keep him comfortable and try to regulate the pressure in his ears.
Pregnancy is no time to ignore your sexual desires. In fact, some women find their arousal increases during pregnancy. You naturally experience increased pelvic blood flow and increased breast sensitivity, which can heighten your sexual pleasure. You may also find sex with your partner is uncomfortable as your belly grows. Vibrators can help you achieve orgasm both with your partner and on your own without putting strain on your body or requiring you to fish for a comfortable sexual position. They’re considered generally safe to use during pregnancy as long as you follow a few guidelines.
Sometimes the ultrasound just can’t quite pick up the sex of your baby on your first visit. Or maybe you’re waiting to be surprised at the time of delivery. Either way, there are more old wives’ tales about guessing the gender of your baby then there are babies, it seems. While most of these methods have no scientific merit, they’re still fun to toss around with your family and friends to keep the excitement and suspense of your baby’s arrival in full swing.
Pre-semen, usually referred to as pre-ejaculate or pre-cum, is the clear fluid that seeps out of a man’s penis when he becomes aroused. It’s not semen, which leaves the penis during ejaculation and contains millions of sperm. Many women wonder if contact with this fluid can lead to fertilization and pregnancy.