Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, provided she do all of the things that the doctor suggests. There is much to be learned for a woman who has never been pregnant or given birth before, and that’s why it pays to learn all that you can, while embracing this new and special time in your life. In going through these changes, you should pay special note to your body and figure out if anything seems out of place. You should also make sure that you stay in constant communication with your doctor, to let them know if anything seems out of the ordinary.
Finding Out if Your are Period
Most women use their period as a way to determine whether they are pregnant or not. If you are late on your period, the first thing you should do is go to the drug store in order to purchase a pregnancy test to take. It does not necessarily mean that you are pregnant, because many women have irregular periods, and periods can be late for any number of reasons. But it pays to make sure, and the quickest and easiest way to do that is to take a test.
However, once you take the test, you should not take the positive or negative to be gospel. The next step is to get in touch with your physician to figure out if you are pregnant for sure. The doctor will provide you with a test to determine this, and that will allow you to begin taking the next necessary steps. The doctor’s test is based on blood work, is more accurate than the typical over the counter tests, and can let you know whether your body is secreting pregnancy hormones. Once you figure this out, your doctor will likely prescribe prenatal vitamins for you to begin taking.
The Various Stages
Pregnancy is split up into three different stages, known as trimesters. They are split into roughly nine months worth of weeks, which are tracked and marked by different development milestones for your baby. In the first, and most important trimester when it comes to the development of your baby, your child will begin to develop various organs and their overall body structure. It is important to be cautious and aware during this stage, as it is when most miscarriages and problems with the baby take place, if they were to happen. Outside of the baby, your body will go through many different changes during this phase. Because of that, you will likely begin to notice some unpleasant symptoms, including tenderness of the breast, nausea, and general tiredness. Every woman is different, so you should keep track of your development and the symptoms that you experience.
During the second trimester, many of these symptoms will begin to dissipate, and you should have a little more energy. It is during this trimester that you will also begin to feel your baby kick and move. During the third and final trimester, your uterus will grow bigger than it has before, and it is time to begin finalizing your plans for the delivery. It is during this time that many women begin “nesting” and making sure that they are preparing a place for their baby.
Regardless of what happens with your pregnancy, be sure that you stay in touch with your doctor and allow them to make this transition easy. Pregnancy is the most natural thing in the world, but it can also be scary if you have never been through it before.