Charting your basal body temperature gives you valuable insight and information about your menstrual cycle. Simply taking your temperature every morning tells you when you have ovulated, shows where you may have fertility problems and can even tell you that you are pregnant. However, using your basal body temperature as a sign of pregnancy is easier if you have been charting it for several months. Reading and interpreting your basal temperature chart takes practice. Once you become adept at understanding your temperature cycle and chart as well as determining your exact day of ovulation, then when your chart does start to show a pregnancy, it will probably stand out.
When you are in your ninth month of pregnancy, your water could break at any time. It’s probably best that this doesn’t happen when you are giving a speech in front of a large crowd of people or when you are a guest at a formal dinner party. The good news is that only about 10 percent of women experience their water breaking before they are checked in at the hospital. But, since you don’t know for sure, it is understandable why many women are interested in knowing what, if any, signs will occur before your water breaks.
If you have endometriosis, you may be wondering how it will affect your fertility and if you will be able to become pregnant. According to Pennsylvania State College, endometriosis affects between 7 and 15 percent of women between 25 and 44 years old. This condition may run in families, meaning you are more likely to have endometriosis if your mother or your sister has this condition. Endometriosis occurs when cells that normally line the inside of the uterus begin growing outside the uterus.
Like it or not, you will gain weight when you are pregnant. It doesn’t matter how small or big you are when you start this nine-month journey, you will be larger at the end. If you wear comfortably fitting clothes, you might find these rather snug in a few months. If you wear tight clothes, they will soon be impossible to wear. Don’t fret; plenty of maternity clothes can replace your wardrobe to keep you comfortable and fashionable.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition that affects between three and eight women out of every 100 pregnant women, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The condition occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than they should be. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the condition typically sets in around week 28 in the gestation period. In most cases, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that corrects itself after delivery.
For many women, pregnancy transforms them into beautiful, glowing goddesses. For others, however, they’re left clinging to any semblance of their normal selves as pregnancy hormones quickly alter their physical appearance. Highlighting hair can provide a relatively low-cost transformation and much-needed boost to a woman’s self-esteem, but many wonder if the chemicals and fumes present in hair dye are safe during pregnancy.
A baby develops the ability to hear sounds at about 18 weeks into the pregnancy, according to MayoClinic.com. The uterus, though snug and warm, is not soundproof. In fact, your baby can hear — and respond to — a wide range of sounds, from those your body makes to sounds outside your womb.
Fertility drugs can increase your odds of getting pregnant. Use of these oral or injectable medications may be beneficial when you have an ovulation disorder. However, MayoClinic.com and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG, both indicate that sometimes fertility drugs may require complementary therapies to yield success.
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.