Most women, or probably couples for that matter, dream of having a baby one day. There are several pointers to follow given by the doctor if one is trying to conceive. Examples of these are the following. Do not smoke as the cervical mucus changes when you do. Alcoholic drinks are a no-no. Take vitamins, especially folic acid, as it helps in the development of the baby. Healthy lifestyle is always the way to go when trying to having a baby, such as regular exercise and balanced diet. When the time of ovulation is nearing, do the deed. The list of advices just goes on and on; but no matter how some couples religiously follow all of these, some are still not successful. There are various reasons that hinder conception. The difficulty may lie with the male unable to ejaculate or a dysfunctional cervical mucus that prevents pregnancy. The good news is there is already number of ways to get pregnant if one cannot conceive the natural way. Although artificial insemination may be debatable to other religions, this does not stop couples who long to have a baby of their own. In brief description, artificial insemination is a procedure that injects the sperm in the reproductive tract for better chances of reaching the egg. To better understand the reasons of getting pregnant, aside from the general idea that it is caused by the fertilization of the egg and the sperm, below are some of the methods to conceive.
- The first, of course, is the natural way of conceiving, which is through sexual intercourse. It is a matter of hitting the target day when you are most fertile. Keeping track of your menstruation is a must for better chances of getting the right timing. Usually, ovulation starts around 14 days after you started your last cycle.
- One artificial way of conception is intra-cervical insemination. It is a fast and painless procedure wherein the sperm is placed into the cervix. In this way, there is a greater chance for the sperm to live and get to the uterus and fallopian tubes. This procedure is used when both parties do not have problems with their reproductive organs, but the male has dysfunctional ejaculation during sex.
- Another method is intrauterine insemination wherein sperm is placed into the uterus and a thin and flexible catheter is put in the cervix.
- Intra-vaginal insemination is a less common type of artificial insemination. The procedure is quite simple as the sperm is injected into the vagina. A syringe or cervical cap can be used.
- Lastly, intra-tubal insemination is the least common of all the artificial methods even if it has the greatest chance of getting pregnant. This is because it is the most expensive and invasive type. It is done by placing the sperm directly to the fallopian tubes.
A pregnancy usually lasts thirty-six (36) weeks; this is the same as nine months (9mths). This nine month/thirty-six week period is split into three (3) trimesters. The signs of pregnancy to be experienced are generally split across the trimesters. That is, there are a set of symptoms that are unique (generally speaking) across different trimesters. Again however, the signs of pregnancy that women experience differ and so the symptoms for each woman and the extent to which she experiences them may differ greatly.
SIGNS YOU MAY BE PREGNANT
As every woman is different, it should come as no surprise that some women actually carry their children to full term with little or no symptoms. In fact there have been many reported cases of women who were unaware that they were pregnant until the appointed time of giving birth and the doctor informs them. Generally however, most women may experience at the very least some of the following signs at various times. It should be noted however that these signs may be indicators of other conditions and a pregnancy test (either via home kit or doctor’s office) should be taken if a woman suspects she may be pregnant.
One of the most common signs of pregnancy is that of a missed period. While some women may have their period or bleeding that mimics their period throughout the course of her pregnancy, this is not normal and often times not the case. Other signs of pregnancy include enlarged and increasingly sore breasts, fatigue, changes in libido, appetite and nausea/vomiting to name a few.
The signs of pregnancy experiences at this stage are usually the first signs of pregnancy and a test should be done to confirm if this is actually the case. During the first trimester, signs of pregnancy will include
- enlarged/swollen and tender (sore to the touch breasts)
- frequent urination
- fatigue (sometimes extreme)
- drastic mood swings (from one extreme to the other in a split second)
- vomiting/nausea (morning sickness)
These symptoms may or may not be limited to the first trimester of pregnancy and so a pregnancy test must be carried out to ensure that one is indeed pregnant or experiencing the symptoms of another condition.
During the second trimester of pregnancy, the morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) should begin to subside. Also, women should experience cravings for certain foods and increased hunger/appetite in general. Fatigue may also begin to diminish at this stage and increased energy should be experienced as well. Pregnant women should ensure that fiber intake is increased as well as water intake as constipation may also occur in the second trimester. Pregnant women in their second trimester should also experience increased movements from their baby. Many women also begin to glow at this stage.
During the third and final trimester of pregnancy, most expectant mothers are to expect vigorous kicking from the baby and discomfort when the baby begins to turn. Indigestion and heartburn may become more frequent at this stage, as well as, increased swelling and cramping of the hands and feet. Braxton Hicks contractions are also common symptoms of this trimester.
As previously stated, most women generally will experience at the very least some of the symptoms and signs of pregnancy listed above. However, there are cases where some women feel normal and experience none of the aforementioned symptoms. In the case of asymptomatic pregnancies, babies may become high risk babies for being premature or undernourished as proper prenatal care (such as taking prenatal vitamins) may not have been undertaken during the course of the pregnancy. If a woman suspects she is pregnant however, she should first ensure that she is via a pregnancy test and then take the necessary measures to secure her health and the health of her yet unborn child. Pregnant women should remember to get lots of rest as her body will need rest and energy to continue to support the baby growing on the inside.
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