Pregnancy is a complicated cascade of events where you learn your body can do amazing and unexpected things. While some of them can be joyful, others can invoke panic. One of the most worrying symptoms during pregnancy is the dreaded bleeding during the first trimester. Although bleeding can be a sign of a miscarriage during the first trimester, it can have other perfectly natural causes that will not harm your baby.
A miscarriage, the loss of a pregnancy, can be emotionally devastating. Many women worry they could have detected miscarriage sooner and have prevented it. Though in most cases, a miscarriage can’t be prevented (it’s estimated that as many as 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage), knowing the signs of a miscarriage can not only help a woman understand what’s going on with her body but can also help her get appropriate medical care to prevent health complications from the miscarriage.
Combine a little bit of math and a little bit of mystery and you’ll be able to determine your baby’s due date. You can use several ways to calculate your due date, but much like adults, babies have a way of arriving on their own schedule. A typical pregnancy takes 40 weeks, less time if you’re pregnant with multiples. Even if your baby comes early or late, knowing your due date gives you and your loved ones something to look forward to.
New parents and parents-to-be often ask me just how much their baby experiences while still in the womb. The answer is, simply, quite a lot. Life in the Uterus: Some people think that the period in the womb is mostly for physical growth. Yes, of course it is, but there is so much more to it.
Most people realize that once they have children, the days of swearing (not to insinuate that you ever do) are long gone. Contrary to what some people believe, it is not “cute” to hear a toddler using foul language. This only leads to trouble when school starts and can get your child off on the wrong foot with teachers and other parents. Nope, the swearing has to stop. But, did you know baby can hear you long before you give birth?
Once you become pregnant, you may find yourself noticing every symptom your body produces. Abdominal pain during pregnancy can mean anything from ligament stretching to labor. When the pain is concentrated on the left side, it could also indicate a cyst or an ectopic pregnancy. Knowing what abdominal pain on the left side can mean in pregnancy can help you decide what action to take.
If you have a loved one or close acquaintance who is pregnant, or if you just want to be ready for a potential emergency, learning CPR can save not one life but two or more. If you know what to do, you can keep oxygen available to the baby and mother until help arrives. If you decide to receive formal CPR training, with a focus on pregnancy, you may want to bring a partner with you. CPR can be done better with more than one rescuer.
Miscarriages linger in the back of pregnant women’s minds. With every decision, women are concerned about keeping the baby safe and healthy. Unfortunately, some factors are out of your hands. Certain symptoms often occur when a miscarriage happens. Keep an eye out for the signs and contact your doctor if you experience any of them.
After all the excitement, anticipation and hormones of pregnancy, miscarriages can be devastating. Everyone handles the emotions differently. Some need some time to process and prepare for another pregnancy. Others are ready nearly immediately to get started trying and to get pregnant with another. Whichever type of person you are, you should consult with your doctor before and throughout your conception process. He will be the best one to help you determine when your body is ready and able to conceive a child.
While sex is the last thing on the mind of many women going through the last months of pregnancy, being intimate with your spouse during this time is often absolutely fine. Though many women shy away from activities of this nature as their pregnancies wear on, there is rarely a medical reason to do so. If you are considering intimacy with your spouse at your advanced pregnancy stage, consider some of the pregnancy-related factors that may come into play and explore how these factors may impact your love life.