Getting pregnant can be difficult for some women. Most of them are anxious, curious and scared to the prospect of not getting a baby after weeks of trying. Some might even consider seeing a fertility specialist. Others would have faced disappointment as they were waiting for pregnancy symptoms to appear but none of them ever showed.
If you are one of those people, don’t give up.
What you need to understand is, if you are not getting pregnant within a short period of trying (less than 1 year), that doesn’t signify that one of you has a problem. On average, most couples (84 out of 100) would be getting a baby after 1 year of regular sex with no contraception.
Hence, if you have been informed that you are pregnant, congratulations! But if you aren’t, don’t worry, things might turn up sooner than you think. This article would provide a simple explanation of things you need to know as expectant parents regarding pregnancy.
How long does pregnancy last before getting a baby?
Generally, new mothers would have lots of questions. The most basic one is “How long does my pregnancy going to last?”. Although it sounds like common knowledge, there is no simple answer to that particular question.
In total, there are 3 phases of pregnancy which we called trimesters consisting of on average, 40 weeks:
- 1st Trimester: 1st to 13th week of pregnancy
- 2nd Trimester: 14th to 26th week of pregnancy
- 3rd Trimester: 27th til the day of delivery
People might have told you that pregnancy lasted for 9 months but that’s no longer a fact.
Some people do give birth before or at the 9 month’s mark. However, some pregnancies do extend until 42 weeks which rendered the classic “9 months pregnancy period” theory moot.
Ovulation and fertilization
For women with regular menstrual cycle, 14 days (on average) prior to menstruation is the ovulation window.
Ovulation is a process which involves the release of an egg (ovum) into the nearby structure called the fallopian tube. A hormone known as the luteinizing hormone govern this process. Women are fertile in this period.
During sexual intercourse, after ejaculation, millions of sperm contained in the semen would pass through the uterus. From there they will enter the fallopian tube to fertilize the ovum. If the fertilization is successful, the fertilized egg would be implanted in the uterus thus your baby is formed.
Pregnancy symptoms, so many of them
There are many pregnancy symptoms. Some of them are:
- Breast changes: This might be the first thing you would notice. Your breast is bigger, heavier, sometimes swollen and tender. The size of the areola (nipple) would increase and the colour would darken. Your body is trying to prepare themselves for the upcoming delivery.
- Missed period: This is one of the most popular pregnancy symptoms of all time. Depending on whether your menstrual cycle is regular or not, missing period for a few days may signify pregnancy. This particular symptom should be investigated further by doing a urine pregnancy test or consulting a doctor for further examination.
- Spotting: Bleeding can signify many things, one of which is pregnancy. Spotting can be a sign of a successful implantation process that takes place in the uterus. Always consult a doctor if you are unsure because bleeding can be a sign for other medical conditions.
- Morning sickness: Other than missed period this might be one of the most popular symptoms of pregnancy. It usually occurs during the first four months due to hormonal imbalance. For some women, particularly those who carry twins, they could experience morning sickness until the day of delivery.
- Heartburn: Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy can cause the muscle which controls the opening between your oesophagus and stomach to become lax. This can lead to reflux, thus, heartburn.
People who experienced pregnancy symptoms should test themselves by using a home pregnancy test kit. You can buy this tool over the counter from the nearest pharmacy. It’s pretty accurate even it’s only after your first day of missed period.
However, after confirming with this test kit, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you are able. They would perform an ultrasound scan on you to confirm and date your pregnancy.
The pregnancy test kit detects the body’s level of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). It’s a hormone which is being produced by the embryo to maintain a pregnancy and can be detected through either a urine or a blood test.
The difference between blood and urine test is that the former can be ordered sooner (6 days after ovulation) than the latter (1st day of missed period). Regardless of the test utilized, the quicker you know, the better.
It’s important for you to confirm your pregnancy earlier so that you can plan a much healthier lifestyle sooner. All of these are necessary before getting a baby
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