Everything You Need To Know About Getting Pregnant
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Child Birth Options
If a baby is on the way, it’s only natural to think about birth day and the various options facing you. Each type of birth has different risks and benefits. Your doctor should make sure you fully understand your options and help you decide the best for you and your newborn.
Women tend to base their choices on well informed opinions, finances, preferences and health histories. Some of your birth options to consider include: a medicated versus a natural birth, the place of birth and a cesarean section, water birth or vaginal birth. It is important for future mothers to educate themselves on both pros and cons of each of these birthing types before making a decision.
While most women choose to deliver their babies in hospitals, others feel more relaxed and comfortable when giving birth in their own environment. Opting for a home birth can be a good choice if you’re looking for a more natural experience and have a low risk pregnancy. Make sure you select a licensed midwife that can transport you to the hospital if necessary. You can opt for a natural birth in the hospital as well. Most midwives provide deliveries in hospitals, birthing centers or homes. Hospitals also provide future mothers with the choice of having a cesarean section or vaginal birth. Please contact your midwife or doctor and discuss all the options available.
Overview On Vaginal Birth
If you’ve decided to have a natural vaginal birth, you may want to know there is much to be considered. Vaginal births usually take place in hospitals. Some women however feel more comfortable giving birth at home, with the assistance of a doctor and/or midwife. Anesthetics and medications can be dangerous to both you and your newborn. This method of delivering your baby can be empowering and exciting.
Keep in mind that a medical approach can offer both advantages and disadvantages. Doctors have the right equipment and qualification to handle any possible emergency. Midwives are certified nurses specializing in the area of delivery and labour. They generally stay with the patient throughout the entire process. The down side is that midwives don’t have the authority to perform certain procedures that surgeons can. They are less likely to handle high risk births and emergencies. Make sure you don’t settle for a caregiver unless his or hers philosophy of child birth delivery matches your own.
Birth plans can include: what labour and birthing positions are preferred, whether a pain relief should be used, whether the newborn is to be bottle-fed or breastfed etc. As long as you plan ahead, there will be nothing to worry about.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms
Morning sickness, a missed period, breast tenderness, fatigue. These are all notorious sings pointing out that a baby is on the way. Understanding these signs is important because each of them may be related to something else. Women experience various emotional and physical changes during pregnancy.
The missed period is definitely the most obvious early sign of pregnancy. There are other explanations for the delay in menstruation including: stress, tension, hormonal problems, fatigue, weight loss/gain, breast-feeding or ceasing to take the birth control pill. Tender or swollen breasts is another noticeable early sign of pregnancy. Other explanations include: birth control pills or hormonal imbalance.
Exhaustion and fatigue are early signs of pregnancy that may begin as easily as the first week after conception. Other explanations for feeling fatigues include: illness, depression, stress, flu or cold etc.
Morning sickness, vomiting, queasiness and nausea are early signs that may come as soon as two weeks after conception. Other explanations for feeling nauseous include: stress, stomach disorders or food poisoning.
Other early signs of pregnancy may include: headaches, backaches, darkening of areolas, frequent urination, food cravings, enlarged abdomen, skin changes, enlarging uterus, higher body temperature, heartburn and/or constipation etc.
Pregnancy symptoms can differ from pregnancy to pregnancy and woman to woman. Pregnancy symptoms can vary in their duration, frequency and intensity. Keep in mind that when in doubt a pregnancy test done at your doctor’s office will reveal whether or not you are pregnant.
Finding The Right Doctor
Giving birth is an incredible responsibility and joy. While your health is always important, it is even more crucial during pregnancy and delivery. You’ll place a lot of trust in your doctor, so it’s important to make sure you find the right doctor for your pregnancy. With some effort, you can evaluate potential physicians and find the right one who will meet your specific needs.
Getting good recommendations for choosing your doctor is essential. Some good sources for recommendations include your current family physician, your friends and relatives, and a preferred hospital. Start getting the recommendations as early as you can; avoid being rushed into a hasty decision by waiting till the last minute to locate a physician. There are several other factors to consider as you make your decision. Is the doctor nearby? Is the doctor covered by your insurance plan? What are the doctor’s office hours? How much does the doctor charge for services? How friendly and helpful is the office staff? If you can, spend time on the phone or in appointments with potential doctors. Recommendations are very helpful, but nothing takes the place of your own firsthand assessment.
No two people are alike and no doctor is perfect for everyone. Since pregnancy and childbirth are very special and potentially risky areas of your health, it’s worth it for you to take time to find a doctor who’s right for you.
Overview On Infertility
Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after a year of trying. Lots of couples today experience infertility problems. Studies show that roughly 10% of the American population encounter this difficulty. Many couples however manage to find a way of increasing their chances. Infertility affects both men and women for a number of reasons. Female infertility can usually be attributed to polycystic ovarian syndrome or endometriosis.
The main reasons for male infertility usually include a blockage in the reproductive system and low sperm counts. The exact reason can only be determined through proper fertility testing.
Coping with infertility is never an easy experience.Today’s advancements in the fields of reproductive technology are becoming more and more effective. Most infertility cases are treated with surgery or medication. Medical options include IVF and IUI. Fertility specialists are usually obstetrician-gynecologists with advanced research, education and skills in reproductive endocrinology.
Make sure you find a knowledgeable doctor that can help you understand the treatments and procedures available so you can make an informed decision.
If you’re looking to increase your fertility make sure you follow the rules of good nutrition. In addition to that, you may want to consider using herbs and taking certain supplements.
How To Get Pregnant?
There are several specific recommended methods to help you determine when you are fertile. Although these methods vary in details, they all require you to pay attention to the signals your body is giving you. The most obvious signal will be your menstrual cycle. The average length of 28 days is simply that-an average-and varies significantly. You need to track your cycle so that you know your cycle length.
Since bleeding follows 14 days after ovulation, a person with a 28-day cycle would be ovulating on day 14, which is commonly given as a benchmark for ovulation. However, a woman with a 35 day cycle would not ovulate until day 21. Knowing your particular cycle will help you know how to schedule time with your partner.
Another sign that is relatively easy to notice if you pay attention is the texture of your mucus discharge. After ovulation the discharge is drier and thicker than it is right before and during ovulation. By producing very moist are slippery mucus, your body’s indicating that it is prepared to accept sperm.
An increase in temperature is a third signal your body gives to tell you that you are fertile. A degree rise in temperature is normal as you approach ovulation; the actual day of ovulation is generally the day with the peak temperature. Although this sign is less obvious, it is simple to track if you are diligent and is quite reliable.
How To Prepare For Pregnancy?
Pregnancy can occur whether or not one is “prepared” for it. Many women get pregnant without planning ahead to get pregnant, and some women who plan for it have trouble achieving pregnancy. Preparing for pregnancy does not insure that one will get pregnant. Rather, it helps to minimize factors that might cause complications and to establish healthy habits that will carry throughout the pregnancy.
Taking steps to prepare for pregnancy can also help to discover infertility issues when they are present, not because this preparation causes issues but rather because it may help a woman to become more sensitive to what her body is doing (or not doing). This information will be helpful to an Ob/Gyn or infertility specialist.
What steps should be taken in order to prepare for pregnancy? First, a woman should get a gynecological checkup from a doctor to make sure there are no pre-existing medical problems that should be taken care of beforehand. Next, a woman should understand her family medical history, including any genetic disorders or gynecological issues.
For some high-risk groups, genetic screening might be recommended before attempting to get pregnant. Also, immunizations should be updated, especially for MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella). Any chronic or newly-diagnosed illnesses should be treated. Birth control methods should be discontinued since some methods require a waiting period before pregnancy.
In addition, some general steps to improve overall health and wellness are a good idea, including adding whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and foods high in folic acid to your diet. Taking a prenatal vitamin high in folic acid is also recommended. Unhealthy habits such as smoking, drug abuse, heavy consumption of alcohol, eating disorders, etc. should be stopped. Any medications, including over-the-counter painkillers, should be checked to make sure they are safe for use during pregnancy.
These suggestions are not an exhaustive list, but should provide a good starting point for you and your doctor to discuss.
Morning sickness. These are two words that strike fear into the hearts of every women who is either expecting or hoping to get pregnant. Will I be sick when I get pregnant? How long will it last? How do I get it to stop? These are all normal questions to ask about morning sickness. You will find that every woman who has had a baby will have an opinion about morning sickness, and most are more than willing to share their two cents. You don’t have to rely on someone else’s experiences or advice. There is medical advice available to you.
Morning sickness is the nausea and/or vomiting that are caused because of the influx of hormones that are entering your body as a newly pregnant mother. Contrary to the name, morning sickness can occur at any time of day. Most women, however, report that it is worst for them in the morning. It can be an occasional upset stomach, or it can be severe enough to require bedrest and, occasionally, a hospital stay.
Morning sickness, if present in a pregnancy at all, typically subsides at the end of the first trimester. There are some tips to reduce morning sickness. You should be sure that you eat several small meals a day; that way your stomach is never too full or too empty. Also, you should avoid hot, spicy foods and stick to bland foods like jell-o, saltine crackers, chicken noodle soup, and ginger ale.
Ovulation is the process in a woman’s menstrual cycle in which a mature egg is released from an ovary and travels to the fallopian tube. On average, ovulation occurs fourteen days after the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle; however it may occur anywhere from the tenth to nineteenth day depending on the length of a woman’s cycle.
Ovulation is accompanied by changes in the levels of hormones in the body. Before ovulation, estradiol gradually rises until it peaks at ovulation. Ovulation is triggered by a sudden rise in FSH (follicular-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). Levels of progesterone peak after ovulation; this causes the endometrial lining of the uterus to thicken in preparation for implantation if fertilization of the egg occurs.
A few indicators can help a woman desiring pregnancy to determine approximately when ovulation is taking place. The 24 to 48 hour period immediately surrounding ovulation is considered the most fertile time for a woman. Basal body temperature can be charted beginning with Day 1 of the menstrual cycle. Temperature should be recorded when resting and at a consistent time each day. (Usually the best time is first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.)
Basal body temperature will rise just before and during ovulation. Cervical mucus will also become wet and slippery and have a consistency similar to egg whites just before and during ovulation. Some women feel pain or slight cramping during ovulation; this is called middelschmerz. Ovulation kits can also help to predict the time of ovulation and are readily available at drug stores.
Early Signs Of Pregnancy
You’ve missed a period and you think you might be pregnant. But how do you know for sure? What are the early signs of pregnancy?
Generally, the earliest sign is, of course, skipping your menstrual cycle. However, since many women occasionally skip their cycle for various other reasons, this symptom can’t verifiably tell whether a woman is pregnant or not. The best verification of pregnancy is, of course, a pregnancy test. Still, other symptoms of pregnancy do exist.
Women may experience things such as cramping from implantation bleeding (internal bleeding when the embryo implants), swollen or overly sensitive breasts, a tendency toward tiredness, nausea, backaches, headaches, the need to urinate constantly, and odd food cravings.
While all these symptoms could be signs of pregnancy, they could also be signs of other things. Cramping can come from an approaching menstrual cycle. Swollen breasts can come from birth control pills. A variety of different factors lead to tiredness. Things such as food allergies or poisoning often lead to nausea. Backaches and headaches can come from stress. Frequent urination is often a result of an increased liquid intake or diabetes. And food cravings are a common complaint associated with several different possible causes.
With these different possible reasons for pregnancy symptoms, women should take a pregnancy test and/or see a doctor if they think they are expecting.
Things To Avoid While Pregnant
It is important for the mother of an unborn child to be careful about what she exposes herself to, and consequently her child. There is a long list of things that should be avoided, and it is important for any pregnant woman to be aware of these things to avoid while pregnant.
One of these things is cigarette smoke. This is an extremely important item. Of the list of thing to avoid while pregnant, this is one that has a particularly long list of consequences for mothers who expose themselves to it. It can result in many different issues, from low weight to possible death for the baby.
Alcohol is also important to avoid. Studies have shown that pregnant mothers who drink run a much higher risk of having a baby born with severe mental handicaps and other major problems.
Drugs of any kind should also be avoided, even if they are purchased over the counter. They can cause abnormal development of the child in the womb. Any expecting mother should see their doctor about any medications that they may be taking before continuing got take them while pregnant.
Finally, another thing that should be avoided is drinking tap water. Studies have shown that the chemicals that are included in water from the tap can cause various problems for developing children. Due to this fact, an expecting mother should try to drink bottled water unless otherwise recommended by their doctor.