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Pregnancy Information

Jun 7, 2008
The feeling of carrying another living being in your womb is the most special time of a woman's life. It is a time of physical, mental and emotional transformation for the woman. Anxiety and uncertainty marks the great deal of excitement accompanying these changes. However, worries and having sleepless nights are uncalled for. The nine months of journey would be pleasant if one has a better knowledge and appreciation of these transformations.

The first pregnancy trimester is marked from conception to 12 or 14 weeks from the last normal menstrual cycle. A woman often experiences morning sickness (vomiting and nausea), tiredness, tender breast and frequent urination during this stage. To prevent nausea, it is recommended to take small frequent meals. The expectant mother may have alternate periods of activity and rest. The best exercise at this stage is walking.

The second pregnancy trimester is often considered the "Golden Period" as the physically demanding early signs and symptoms of pregnancy are all over by now. There's a better sleep pattern, which is a major sign of advancement in the process of healthy pregnancy. The most joyful moment is experienced during this time as the mother-to-be might get to hear the first heartbeat of the baby. An ultrasound done in around 19 weeks may make one feel the diverse movements of the baby inside. Stretch marks, which are a great sign of worry for the to-be moms, may be visible. Avoid itching the abdominal area to lessen the chances of pregnancy stretch marks.

During the final pregnancy stage, the third trimester, the fetus becomes too huge to move in the uterus. Because of the increased growth of the fetus, the future mom may feel tired and experience shortness of breath. Usually, the fetuses settle into a head-down position in the uterus at the end of this period. Now, one should be well prepared for the baby's arrival.

Along with the bodily changes, pregnancy also involves lifestyle changes. The woman should give up smoking and alcohol drinking. Low birth weight in babies as well as miscarriages and tubal pregnancies can be caused by cigarette smoke. Alcohol and other toxic chemicals and substances such as paint fumes are detrimental to both the mother and the baby.

During pregnancy, prenatal nutrition is very important. That is why dieting during this time is a big no-no. Hydration is also very important, about 6 to 8 glasses a day should be consumed. Essential nutrients and vitamins in the diet are vital to the development of both mother and child. Vitamins supplements are necessary as well as plenty of sleep and performing as much exercise as safely possible. During your pregnancy, regular activity such as walking, yoga, and swimming will help alleviate swelling, fatigue, and backache.

Becoming pregnant, enjoying a successful pregnancy and eventually giving birth is a complex but wonderful experience. Do everything you can to have a healthy pregnancy so your new baby will have the very best beginning to life that is possible.

If you need to prove who the father of the baby you are carrying is, paternity test can be done after giving birth. To perform the legal paternity testing, DNA material from both the baby and from the alleged father is needed. The DNA paternity test is very much close to 100% accuracy.
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