1. What are the early signs of Pregnancy?
The early signs of pregnancy differ from one woman to another. However, a significant pregnancy symptom is missed or delayed period. Other early signs of pregnancy include:
• Swelling and tenderness of the breast
• Fatigue or tiredness
• Increased urination
Some women also experience bloating, constipation, moodiness, food aversions, and cramping along with the early signs.
2. What are the tests which needs to be done to confirm pregnancy?
Most women do a home pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy. However, the doctor recommends two tests to confirm the pregnancy. One test uses a blood sample, and the other uses a urine sample. Both the tests detect the presence of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone, which the placenta produces shortly after the embryo attaches to the uterine lining.
3. What should be the first steps after pregnancy is confirmed?
Inform your family and loved ones about the pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the prenatal supplements you will need during the pregnancy. Your doctor will also inform you about all the prenatal tests required during each trimester.
4. What is the duration of pregnancy?
A baby spends about 38 weeks in the uterus; however, the average length of pregnancy is counted at 40 weeks. As some women are not sure about the date of their last menstruation, a baby is considered full term if the baby takes birth between 37 and 42 weeks of the estimated due date.
5. What should be the intake of supplements during pregnancy?
It is recommended for women to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day before getting pregnant until they are 12 weeks pregnant. The Department of Health and Social Care also recommends vitamin D supplements. Talk to your doctor about additional supplements so that you are not exceeding the daily maximum limit of each vitamin or mineral. Additionally, to make sure you are getting them in the required amounts.