There are two methods to figure out the hypothetic date of childbirth on your own: the first one is based upon the date of conception (if the cycle is regular and you know the exact date of ovulation), the second one is based on the date of the start of the latest menstruation (this one is mostly used by the doctors). If none of the dates is known you can undergo ultrasound and define the date.
The course of pregnancy lasts for 280 days (40 weeks) if based upon the first day of the latest menstruation. But since conception takes place only about two weeks later, practically pregnancy lasts 266 days, which is 38 weeks.
As far as it is really difficult to define the exact date of conception, the hypothetic date of childbirth is more often estimated basing on the first day of the latest menstruation. That is why, for instance, two weeks after the conception you will be considered to be in your fourth week of pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry »
Pregnancy in One’s Forties
Nowadays more and more often women venture to have a baby at a more mature age. This is especially common in European countries. Of course, modern technologies and cosmetics help modern woman look her best in her forties, yet, let’s put it this way, the woman does not get any younger from the biological point of view. The functions of the ovaries get older, the number of ova decreases, and this is real. Together with that we acquire more fears as the years pass, especially if the pregnancy is our first. Therefore, a visit to the doctor and a total examination of the organism are necessary to reduce the risks as much as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Some Basic Principles
The period of pregnancy does not cause any great changes in the habitual lifestyle, it goes on almost as usual. And if you follow some basic principles and have an opportunity to rest as soon as you feel it necessary, both you and your baby will be fine.
Any medicine should be taken only after a visit to the doctor and if prescribed. No self-treatment is acceptable. Even aspirin or cough suppressants that you are used to can have a negative impact upon the development of the fetus. If you fall ill, treatment should be supervised by the doctor. Read the rest of this entry »
From the moment of conception your body starts reforming to create all the necessary conditions for alimentation and adequate development of your future child. Some changes become evident at the early stages of pregnancy, others are concealed and can manifest themselves later.
Early changes in the organism include, for instance, absence of menstruation, breasts sensitivity, nausea, and rapid fatigability. These and other alterations happening in the course of pregnancy can irritate you to a certain extent, but in most cases this discomfort is quite surmountable. Nevertheless, do not ever ignore malaise or pains, see your doctor right away. Read the rest of this entry »
Pregnancy period makes up about 9 months plus a week, it starts from the moment of fertilization of the ovum and ends with childbirth. Approximately two weeks after conception (the ovum is at proembryo stage), when the ovum has already penetrated into the uterine wall and fixed there, a special hormone is produced (HCG hormone) that delays menstruation. The process of cells division is continuous, and by that moment the ovum consists of about 200 cells. Read the rest of this entry »
Some women feel intuitively that they are pregnant, but it is often not so evident until a particular moment. Onset of some symptoms (you will not necessarily feel all the possible signs) will let you know you are pregnant.
The first “classical” signs by means of which the organism lets the woman know she is pregnant are morning nausea and the absence of menstruation.
The latter, if you have always had a regular cycle, is a more evident sign compared with the morning sickness, which not every woman feels during the first 2-3 weeks of pregnancy. Read the rest of this entry »
When pregnancy does not happen for a long time, the couple leading regular sexual life start to worry. Intimacy ceases to be charming and fascinating and is considered as unsuccessful attempts. Negative thoughts start to appear leading to disappointment in oneself and in the partner, estrangement rises. Read the rest of this entry »
There are a number of theories how to plan the future child’s sex. It is one of the most popular topics when planning a baby. Different kinds of lore pass from hand to hand, which “can help” plan a particular sex of the future child during conception. They range from complicated calculating to absurd diets and superstitions. At best, that all is very funny, and is rather harmful at worst. The problem is – when future parents look forward to a particular sex assignment or even a particular zodiacal symbol, and when everything goes against their plans, they get upset, and that cannot but influence the baby. If the future parents do not understand that, it is too early for them to plan a pregnancy, even if it is not their first one.
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Future parents’ health is confidence in the normal course of pregnancy, coming delivery, and full-fledged development of the child. That is why, having made the decision to have a baby, you should visit a doctor and undergo all the necessary examinations even if you feel healthy.
Most complications that can arise in the course of pregnancy can be prevented during the period of planning, for example: make up a deficiency of necessary vitamins, to diagnose probable diseases, to take preventive measures, and to correct possible predilections. Read the rest of this entry »
A child can stand a great deal of what we regard as traumatic… as long as inwardly he feels wanted and loved.
I think that planning a baby should start with psychological readiness of the future parents, exactly psychological. Unfortunately, most sources of information on the given topic do not cover this stage of pregnancy planning, though it is not less important. Read the rest of this entry »