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Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Tests
How can you tell if you are pregnant and how soon after sex can you find out?
The most accurate and reliable way is to take a pregnancy test. You can either buy one from the supermarket or drug store or get the doctor to do one. You can take one 3 weeks after sex. Doctors say home pregnancy tests are not at all reliable until 7-14 after conception. An HPT (home pregnancy test) is recommended 4 days before your period is due, some on the market now are more sensitive up at 15-20 IUL. To make sure you get an accurate result, it's best to wait until you are closer to your period or till you are at least a day late. A blood test can be taken and be accurate as soon as 6 days after fertilization. Tests are different and women are different. Early pregnancy tests can now be taken 5-4 days before period should start. If you don't know when you start your next period but you know when you had unprotected intercourse take the test 19 days after sex. If you don't know when you had unprotected sex but you know when your next period should due take the test a week after your period was supposed to start (but it didn't). If you don't know either of them wait 45 days after the first day of your LAST menstrual period. However, the tests are MOST accurate around when your period is already 10-15 days late. Before this time you MAY get a FALSE negative result. I had a BIG FAT POSITIVE on the morning my period was supposed to come. My friend didn't test positive until a week after. Every women is different and we all conceive and have implantation at different times. The first time you miss a period, you should go and take a pregnancy test. I have taken a pregnancy test 4 days before my period was due. I tried 2 different tests. One type one day and the other type the next day and they both came out positive. It just depends on the test and how sensitive it is but I will be taking another one the day my period is due just to make sure. It's best to take a test 3 weeks after you had unprotected sex, but that's probably with a cheap pregnancy test because they are less sensitive and need higher levels of the pregnancy hormone to give a positive result. To get an accurate result you should work out when your next period is due and then you can take it the day after a missed period. If your period comes that day, you're not pregnant unless it's implantation bleeding, which is much lighter than a normal period. As above, it can depend on the test, some of the cheaper ones are not good and a waste of money. I would recommend 'Clearblue' or 'First Response'. I think it's best to wait until you've missed your period before you even bother buying a test or just go to your doctors surgery and ask them to do a test.
Can you have periods while pregnant?
Periods During Pregnancy It seems like at some point every woman has heard that their sister's friend's cousin had a period while they were pregnant. Or "oh I bled throughout my pregnancy and didn't know I was pregnant because it was my period!" This is a myth. Women often confuse any vaginal bleeding as their period because that is what they are used to happening. You did not experience a period; you experienced vaginal bleeding! This is a common occurrence and a wide misconception. You cannot have a period while you are pregnant because both of these functions cannot happen at the same time. If you were pregnant and began menstruating, inevitably you would lose the pregnancy or have a miscarriage. Although you can't be pregnant and have a period at the same time, you can, in fact, experience vaginal bleeding and continue to be pregnant. These are two very different terms: vaginal bleeding and menstruation (period), but it is usually vaginal bleeding that women confuse as their periods. Bleeding early in pregnancy, as in the first trimester, is scary, but luckily it usually doesn't signal a problem. It is also rather common among women. There are a few common causes of first-trimester bleeding, none of which is an indication of trouble. 1. Normal implantation of the pregnancy into the uterine wall. This bleeding, which sometimes also occurs when a fertilized egg (embryo) attaches itself to the wall of the uterus (generally two to five days after conception), is brief and light and only lasting a couple of days. Implantation normally occurs around five to ten days after conception. 2. Hormonal changes when the period would have otherwise occurred. This type of bleeding is also usually very light, but it can sometimes seem like an actual period. Many women report that they do actually bleed regularly during the early portion of their pregnancy, none of which is a true menstrual period, and this is usually the culprit for that. It is often referred as early pregnancy bleeding and is caused by hormonal changes in the body due to the pregnancy. This is also rather common among women and, again, can appear to be a menstrual period. It's not though. 3. It could be a subchorionic bleed. This is when a small blood clot forms at the edge of the placenta. It usually stops on its own and isn't normally an emergency. But your doctor will want to monitor this with ultrasound to be sure that the clot has resolved itself. 4. Decidual bleeding. This is period-like bleeding (but not your period) when your hormones may get out of whack. It will cause you to lose parts of the lining along the uterine wall. This is especially common in the very early stages of pregnancy because the lining hasn't had a chance to completely attach to the placenta. Although a scary thought, it is not generally considered to be a health risk to neither mother or baby. 5. Getting pregnant while on the pill. This is often associated with bleeding during a pregnancy and can be confused with a menstrual period. Many women will have several bleeding episodes before they realize something isn't right. This will cause the woman to be unable to accurately tell her doctor when her last real menstrual cycle because of the confusion, and an ultrasound will be required to determine an estimated due date. Often the real case can't be pinpointed, but the bleeding stops spontaneously and in the situations above, the pregnancy continues just fine. As a precaution though, any bleeding should be reported to your practitioner so that he or she can evaluate it. Record whether it is intermittent or persistent, when it started, the color, the heaviness or lightness of the flow, any odor, or any tissue fragments (bits of solid material) that may have passed with the blood. If there were, try to save them in a jar. Also report other symptoms like excessive vomiting, any pain, fever, weakness, and whatever else you might feel. Any other kind of bleeding than those above, you should make a quick call to the doctor, or if he isn't in, a visit to the ER. It could indicate a less common, and much worse, cause of early bleeding, which includes: 1. Miscarriage. The light bleeding will turn into heavy bleeding and will be accompanied by strong lower abdominal pain that comes and goes. When a miscarriage is taking place, you should find a passage of embryonic material in the blood. A brownish discharge may mean a missed miscarriage. Sometimes, if the fertilized egg doesn't develop, the sac is empty and no embryonic material could have passed. 2. Ectopic pregnancy. Signs include brown vaginal spotting or light bleeding, continuous or not, and have abdominal and/or shoulder pain that is often severe. This type of pregnancy will have to be surgically aborted as it poses potential harm to the mother. The fetus would not be able to survive in this type of pregnancy anyway. 3. Molar pregnancy. Signs include a continuous brownish discharge. This one is a very rare, yet very serious, problem. See the related links below for more information on this condition. Why You Cannot Have A Regular Period During Pregnancy The pregnancy hormone completely prevents ovulation in the first place. Ovulation is required to have a period. You cannot have a period while you are pregnant by the very biological definition and function of the two. Your cycle is what causes a period! Your body releases hormones during this cycle. Those hormones send signals to your reproductive organs to perform certain tasks. An increase in hormones causes an egg to be released from your ovaries. While it travels, a layer of blood and tissue thickens to protect the uterine wall. If the egg is not fertilized, hormone levels drop and you start your period as that extra thick layer of blood and tissue detaches itself and comes out. While you are pregnant, your body focuses on providing a healthy environment for the fetus. Your brain sends signals to your ovaries to stop the cycle so that the baby can grow. As a result, hormones continue to build and rise for the next nine months because it can't drop. If you continued to have a period while you were pregnant, it would be shedding the lining of the uterine wall. This lining is what helps to nourish your baby each month. So in biological terms, it makes no sense to have a period while you were pregnant and simply not possible. Therefore, the spotting or bleeding that you are experiencing is caused by something other than your period. Always Tell Your Doctor Make sure you record all information and even descriptions of, especially, the first and also subsequent vaginal bleeding episodes. You need to tell your OB/GYN every possible detail that you can about the odor, appearance, any tissue, color, flow, and any other concurrent symptoms elsewhere in the body. Your OB/GYN will need to evaluate you and determine whether your particular cause of vaginal bleeding is cause for an emergency, or more commonly, a non-emergency issue. If you experiencing symptoms of a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy, you need to call your doctor for instructions, or if he isn't in visit your nearest ER pronto. Don't be embarrassed about it, and don't worry about "grossing out" your doctor. If your doctor was "grossed out" by this, he or she would have chosen a different career path. They answer these types of questions and put mothers-to-be at ease every single day. Since women confuse and accept bleeding during a pregnancy as their period, they fail to inform their doctor. Thus, there are very harsh consequences for not obtaining the proper medical attention in time when they have abnormal vaginal bleeding. For more information regarding vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, visit the links below. They are reputable sources of information from the medical community and can further explain this and other related pregnancy concerns. Also, if you still insist that it is your period, then have your doctor complete another pregnancy test (unless it's obvious) and have him/her explain to you why you are having a period while you are pregnant. He will tell you it is vaginal bleeding and not a menstrual period. More responses from Wiki s contributors: No, it is not possible to be pregnant and have your period. A period is to drain your menstrual blood, lining and eggs, which in pregnancy are needed to protect the fertilized egg or eggs. So there for you CAN NOT be pregnant and have your period. I'll explain why some women THINK they are on their period. Anywhere from 5 - 15 days after the egg is fertilized, some women notice bleeding "spotting" which they confuse with a period. In normal cases the bleeding is much lighter than a period and only last 2-4 days. So all in all, if someone tells you that you can be pregnant, and have your period, they're wrong. It is entirely possible to have menstrual periods throughout pregnancy. Every woman is different. Someone I know had no idea she was expecting until the minute she went into labor - she had normal, regular periods all the way through! So yes, it's possible. And 'spotting' is USUALLY exactly that - spots of blood - nothing more. So it is very unlikely that spotting resembles a period closely enough to be confused with one, since periods are generally heavier and a continuous flow. Finally, id like to point out that during the first four weeks or so of pregnancy, because the pregnancy is not fully 'established', in a sense, parts of the womb lining can still detach and pass out as a period. So many explanations for bleeding during pregnancy! I suppose it was more the above person's attitude that annoyed me more than his or her sheer lack of knowledge and understanding of the female menstrual cycle and pregnancy. It is possible and common for women to experience period like bleeding when pregnant. However, when hCG is released into the body it tells the ovaries to release progesterone which prevents menstruation. In fact, a very big reason many women do not realize they are pregnant until many weeks later is because they believe they are having a period when in fact it is really not a period. Bleeding during pregnancy may last days or throughout the entire pregnancy. Not many women experience this but it could happen because it happened to me. I had my period on the right time and it was the same blood flow too. It also lasted the same amount of days. No. You can not and will not have a period during pregnancy. There may be "spotting" which may last 1-4 days and is normal for your first child or your fifth. It does not matter. If you think you are pregnant and have "spotting" then wait a week and test. It is possible for a woman to have a normal period throughout the pregnancy although it is very rare for this to occur. Lack of knowledge is what causes high doctor bills for unnecessary tests. I think the issue is the technical term of what happens when women are pregnant but still bleed. It is not technically a period, such as egg being released etc. However it can feel very much like a period. I think us women have a different point of view from the medical world as to what a period is. We describe any vaginal bleeding as a period. The medical world has different definitions for vaginal blood occurrences. If you spot brown blood for two days and know your not pregnant, then the doc may tell you that was a period. If you spot for two days and are pregnant, then doc may say that isn't a period and have some medical terminology for it. The medical world has to take everything else in your life at that time into consideration as well (like on/off birth control, health problems, etc.) to properly diagnose what the bleeding actually is. I had a period (vaginal bleeding) for 3 weeks and went to the doctor to find out I'm 6 weeks pregnant. When I asked why the bleeding then, doc just said, "that sometimes happens". Maybe I should have asked what the bleeding was or meant (period or something else) but I didn't. I accepted her answer and moved on with my pregnancy. I had my daughter on time and she was very healthy. I didn't do a home pregnancy test so I can't say if the bleeding had in fact affected the HPT test results. So I think when us women ask, "can I have a period and still be pregnant?" What we are really asking is " Can I have vaginal bleeding (no matter what it is or the medical terminology is for it) and still be pregnant?" I think either people who say they had a period while pregnant, either have a different definition of "period", or honestly think any vaginal bleeding can be termed as "menstruation". It is not normal, and is in fact, a BAD sign that should send you straight to the ER, if you are experiencing bleeding in early pregnancy that can be classed as moderate to heavy. I mean, your body is literally flushing out the contents of the uterus, how people can say this is "normal" and not a danger of miscarriage, must not know much about pregnancy. There is such a great difference between light spotting early on, and losing quantities of blood equal to a normal period. The majority of pregnant women who experience heavy, period-like bleeding are experiencing a miscarriage and should not listen to people who say it's normal. I guess if by "a normal period" they mean the amount of blood near the end of the period, they might be making a bit of sense. But not the kind of blood loss that is associated with the first or second day of the period, where most women are losing quite a lot of blood and uterine lining. I hope anyone who suspects that they are pregnant will just take a test and be done with it, instead of these not-too-bright people who say they don't realize until 6 or 7 months that they were pregnant! You have to be really out of touch with your anatomy to not know something is growing in there. Bottom line: you CANNOT have a real, technical, "period" when pregnant. You CAN have a certain amount of bleeding during pregnancy; but a genuine menstrual period only happens when you are NOT pregnant and your are EXPELLING THE CONTENTS OF THE UTERUS! It's not a period if you're carrying a child - and if you're bleeding, for God's sake get to a doctor and have it checked out. There is a uterine cavity separate from the amniotic cavity. As the baby expands, what do you think happens to the remaining uterine cavity? Could it possible expel some blood-like substance? I hate to say it but USE YOUR NOSE. Does that blood smell like menstruation? If you are pregnant, NO. IT SMELLS ALIVE. If you've ever been pregnant you know pregnancy bleeding is different from menstruation. Bleeding while pregnant starts out light pink and can progress to looking like menstruation. But the two things are different. You aren't "shedding" the entire lining. If you are bleeding and suspect you are pregnant, make sure you start taking prenatals right away. Even bed rest cannot prevent inevitable miscarriages which are usually caused by genetic defects. It is not unlikely to have periods during pregnancy. Usually it is more brown in color. If you are pregnant, and you are bleeding, consult a doctor. Red blood is not normal in pregnancies and can be signs of a miscarriage. You can have light bleeding during pregnancy and spotting yes. A normal heavy flow period is very unlikely during pregnancy but it does happen with some women. Yes, but it is not called a period. There is a technical term used for the bleeding during pregnancy. Bleeding while you are pregnant is called decidual bleeding. Because your hormones raise constantly while you are pregnant it causes bleeding in some women. No, you cannot. Because when you are pregnant, the embryo in attached to the uterine wall. When you have your period, the blood, and liquid would basically wash the embryo off and out! So if you think you might be pregnant, you will know if you are when you start missing your periods. If you have never had sex before, and you miss a period, don't worry. Sometimes you hormones go bonkers, and you might miss a month. But if you are virgin, and you miss more than one period, see a doctor or a gyno, because that is NOT normal. It is also not normal to have a second period in one month. Sometime, you hormones will get a little crazy and cause a 2nd cycle in the same month, but if it becomes a normal thing, see a doctor. Many women can experience episodes of bleeding and spotting during pregnancy. Bleeding is especially common in the first trimester and about 30% of pregnant women experience bleeding during this time. Although fewer women bleed during the second and third trimesters, spotting is still possible and not all that uncommon. However, though this bleeding may resemble menstruation, it actually is something different altogether. Some women have spotting, but you should consult your doctor because it could be a serious issue (good advise) It's unlikely but not impossible to get a period-like event each month during a pregnancy. No, because the purpose of a period is to shed the uterus of its lining that was prepared in the even that a woman did become pregnant. During her cycle, if she does not become pregnant, the lining of the uterus wall is discarded in the form of a period. If a woman did become pregnant, she would be using this lining, as the uterus is where the baby would develop, so it would not be shed, and therefore no period when you are pregnant. No. Your period is your body getting rid of the unused pregnancy setup. Every month your body gets ready to be pregnant, and if you don't, it sloughs off the uterine lining that was prepared to receive sperm and host an embryo. If pregnancy doesn't occur within the month, your body dumps the arrangement and starts again, makes a new one. You CAN have uterine/vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, but it is not "menstrual bleeding". The best way to explain this is to understand that true menstruation/ovulation occurs when an egg is released from one of the ovaries. When the egg is not fertilized, bloody uterine lining sheds and the egg disintegrates and passes through. If the egg is fertilized, it releases a hormone that prevents ANY egg from being released afterward. This is called HcG and is what is looked for in a pregnancy test. Because of this hormone, no egg will be released and ovulation will not occur. But it is very possible to have bleeding because of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and the fluctuations, so some of the unused uterine lining may shed during early pregnancy. This is similar to taking the Pill - in most pills, ovulation does not actually occur and an egg is not released, but the uterine lining still sheds. This is the main reason the Pill prevents pregnancy, because there is no egg to fertilize. There are pills that, because of the combination of hormones, the egg is still released, but then the uterine lining is thickened, preventing implantation. Back to the subject, the best proof I can give to show that ovulation does NOT occur during pregnancy (although bleeding can) is the fact that if it was occurring, then there would be an egg each month that is able to be fertilized. If this were to happen and you had unprotected sex, there would be a possibility of a second egg becoming an embryo. Although this can happen at the first moment of conception (fraternal twins), how often do you hear of someone having twins that are more than a month apart? It does not happen. Bleeding in early pregnancy is very common and is generally no cause for concern. Around half of all pregnant women have a little bleeding in the early months of pregnancy. Although some of these women may later suffer a miscarriage, the majority carry on to have normal and straightforward pregnancies. Some women bleed for a few days around the time of their expected periods, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. This bleeding is usually much lighter than a normal period, but may be accompanied by discomfort - sometimes even pain - and a heavy, dragging feeling. The medical term for this sort of bleeding is 'decidual' bleeding. The 'decidua' is the innermost lining of the uterus, the part lost during each menstrual period. Experts think that this bleeding is from that part of the decidua that is not yet covered by the developing embryo and placenta. Very early bleeding may be 'implantation' bleeding rather than decidual bleeding. Implantation bleeding happens about two weeks after conception, when the fertilized egg reaches the uterus and embeds in the soft lining. Special cells surrounding the egg burrow deep into the lining, almost like a seed putting out tiny roots. This is the start of the placenta. Some women loose a little blood when this takes place. Implantation bleeding rarely lasts for more than a day. Well, if you Are pregnent and you get your period there could be many complacations with the baby if you have been told by the doc. That ur pregonent. This could be a misscarrage or just a minor baby kick to the lining No, if you start bleeding during pregnancy get to a doctor, because that is very dangerous, something is seriously wrong. Not really, bleeding can be a sign of a problem or miscarriage during pregnancy. If you're sure you're pregnant, then this is not your period. See your OBGYN for a proper diagnosis, but this is what doctors call a threatened abortion.
Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Symptoms, Pregnancy Tests
How long does it take to find out you're pregnant?
It takes about a month. If you read the pregnancy test it says that the month after you think you conceived is when you can test yourself, and the result will probably be more definite. A pregnancy test will give an accurate result 3 weeks after sex. 14 weeks after intercourse is the most accurate date for determining pregnancy with a home pregnancy test.
Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Symptoms, Pregnancy Tests
How long does it take to find out if you are pregnant?
Asked in Pregnancy, Stomach and Abdominal Pain
You keep getting a shooting pain in your lower abdomen on the right side?
Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Symptoms, Pregnancy Tests
If your test is negative and you have your period can you still be pregnant?
Period delay isn't a definite sign of pregnancy. Lots of things can cause a period to be late. I am normally a very regular person and I have been late the last two months. If you are still unsure, take a home pregnancy test and find out for sure. In the first couple of weeks-you can experience a multitude of symptoms such as light-headedness, nausea, sore breasts, more than normal vaginal discharge, sensitivity to smell, period-like cramping, light spotting also known as "implantation bleeding", heartburn, gas, constipation, metallic taste in mouth, darkening of nipples and the list goes on. Some women experience symptoms as early as the first two weeks-others don't get any symptoms-and most feel symptoms starting at about the time of their missed period. There are a huge number of signs and symptoms that can tip you off that you might be pregnant! Of course the only way to know for sure is a positive pregnancy test (around 12-14 days past ovulation). But for all of us who are trying to conceive it is hard not to speculate about every sign! Hormone levels increase dramatically even in very early pregnancy, which is the main source of all pregnancy symptoms. Some women will experience symptoms as early as implantation (6-12 days past ovulation) and others will only start to experience symptoms around their expected period, and others don't notice any difference until they are about 6 weeks pregnant. You could have a cyst on your ovaries. The pregnancy tests aren't always accurate, so I would talk to my doctor if I were you.
Asked in Pregnancy, Depo-Provera
Can you get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera before your next period starts?
Getting Pregnant After Being on Depro Provera Give your body a chance to recover. Expecting a period within the first month is a little optimistic if you haven't had a period for three years! The depo shot "switches off" your body's normal hormone producing ability and you need to give yourself time to get it back. Of course it is possible you are pregnant - after all some women can get pregnant straight away. Here are answers and opinions from WikiAnswers contributors: Yes, you can get pregnant if you did not get a Depo Provera birth control shot, even if your period hasn't regulated itself yet. I was on Depo for four years, and it took five months for my period to regulate after I stopped taking the shot. You are able to get pregnant, so be careful. I was due to have Depo injection on December 10 2004. I did not go for the injection because I am trying for a baby with my husband. My husband and I had sex between 27th of January and 10th of February. Two weeks later I had a strange period with a lot of cramping. After 3 weeks I started having all pregnancy symptoms. I had two home pregnancy test come back negative. Now I am 8 weeks pregnant. I felt pregnant 6 weeks after stopping Depo and without period. If you ovulated, yes. i was due to have the shot on 22 January -and 22 April but i did not go for it me and my boy friend was trying for a baby and now we are having baby
Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Tests
How soon can I find out if I'm pregnant or not?
You can take the test 10-14 days after sex. 14 days after intercourse or the day of your expected period. Your symptoms of pregnancy will usually appear anywhere from the first week of your expected period to 1-2 weeks after your first week of expected period. Your first signs of pregnancy most commonly include missed period, tender/swollen breasts, change in color of the breasts, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, increased sense of smell, and weight gain. Here is a link to a website that will calculate the probability of your pregnancy: http://www.thepregnancytest.com/ To ensure the best results for a home pregnancy test: Take the test in the morning, if possible, because your hCG (pregnancy hormone) levels are at it's highest Don't drink a bunch of fluids before taking the test because it will dilute your urine and can affect the results Take the test no more than 1 day before expected period. Although some test say that you can see results up to 5 days before your missed period, the percentage of accuracy is very low. OR 14 days after intercourse (sex). urinate for as long as possible on the foam-like strip Check the results in the window frame of time suggested by the instructions of the pregnancy test. Either two weeks after intercourse or: According to the ClearBlue pregnancy test accuracy results they are: 4 days before expected period= 51% accurate 3 days before expected period= 82% accurate 2 days before expected period= 90% accurate 1 day before expected period =95% accurate the day of expected period =99% accurate Usually two weeks after intercourse. 2 weeks after you had sex at the earliest Answer Most women don't find out they are pregnant until they are at least a month pregnant because that is when they miss their period. Most home tests can't be taken until after a missed period also.
Asked in Pregnancy, Pregnancy Tests, Depo-Provera
How do you know if you are pregnant if you are on Depo-Provera?
If you are referring to the depo shot, many women have very light to no periods while on it. Chances of getting pregnant are very slim but the only way to know if you are is if you take a pregnancy test especially if you start having other than the missed period pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, frequent urination, tender breasts, increase in appetite, etc.
Asked in Pregnancy, Ultrasounds, Fetal Development
How soon can you hear a baby's heartbeat?
The baby's heart beat can be seen on an ultrasound at around 7 weeks, and if you are very slim MAY be heard on a Doppler from 9 or 10 weeks. Here is more advice and input: * Most Heartbeats can be heard by 15/16 weeks. * My doctor wasn't able to hear my babies until I was about 3-4 months pregnant. * It is most generally possible to begin to hear the baby's heart beat at the beginning of your second trimester, however sometimes it is possible to hear it a couple of weeks before or after these dates as well. It most likely depends on the size of the baby and how quickly it is growing in each individual person. I personally heard my baby's heart beat the first time at 14 weeks with my first, 13 weeks with my second and 10 weeks pregnant with my current pregnancy. * You can start to hear the babies heartbeat through ultrasound as soon as 6 weeks into your pregnancy! A Doppler can start to pick up a heartbeat at around 10-14 weeks into your pregnancy. A stethoscope can be used to hear the baby's heartbeat late in the pregnancy. * If you have an early scan it can be seen from about 6 weeks. If listening with a Doppler and you are very slim sometimes (not always) it can be heard from about 8 weeks. A midwife listening with a Pinard can hear it from about 22-24 weeks. * You may be able to see it on an ultrasound at about 7 weeks but unless you are very thin you won't be able to hear it with a Doppler until about 10 weeks, possibly later. Until 12 weeks the uterus is still in the pelvis and the heart is very small and the machine has to be pointed directly at the heart so the sound is reflected, unlike a microphone. * I heard my baby's heart beat at almost eight weeks and it was very strong :) I think everyone is just different it depends largely on your specific pregnancy
What should you avoid eating while pregnant?
Fish is a great and healthy food to have while pregnant! Its a simple matter of what TYPE of fish to avoid like the large salt water fish that contain high levels of mercury. Fresh water fish like trout, catfish, fish sticks, flounder, salmon, craoker, and haddok are ok to eat. Tuna can be eaten in moderation (one serving a week). Large fish like shark, tile fish, swordfish, tuna steaks, sea bass, Halibut and other LARGE saltwater fish are known to contain high levels of methyl mercury, a substance that can potentially cause neurological damage when consumed in large amounts. Farm-raised trout and catfish, Pacific salmon, and fish sticks are safe. Shellfish (shrimp, crawfish, crab, etc)are also fine to eat while pregnant. Remember that all of these are to be well cooked, not raw or smoked. Other foods to avoid are- -Raw meats -Raw chicken -Raw eggs (Caesar salads and eggnog!!!) -Soft cheeses, including Brie, Camembert, Mexican-style, and any other cheese that may be made with inadequately pasteurized milk, can harbor Listeria. -Do not drink raw milk, or eat foods that contain unpasteurized milk. -Pate -Unwashed fruits & vegetables -Foods & drinks that contain caffeine (limit or avoid!) tea, coffee, and colas -Alcohol -Saccharin (NutraSweet is preferable) - Liver should be avoided whilst pregnant (including all pate) as is contains a high level of Vitamin A which can be very harmful to your unborn baby. Anemia is common during pregnancy so you could look for other ways of increasing your vitamin A levels - remember to take your folic acid supplement!. Peanuts are also a healthy snack and should only be avoided if you are allergic to them.
What does early pregnancy discharge look like?
I dont know about everyone else but, when I was pregnant (at what must have been 4-5 weeks) it felt like my period was going to come at any time. Kept waiting.... And at about 4 days- 1 week after I had been excpecting my period, I got a positive pregnancy test. In the weeks before, and leading up to this point, I had the same type of cervical mucus you would expect before you got your period. Also my cervix was low for a good week or two (Like my period was coming) before it finally went up and stayed there at about 5 weeks pregnant. From there on I had cervical mucus you would get while you are ovulating or turned on. Also some other symptoms I had that may not be common, but were noticed very early in my pregnancy were; * An impending feeling of getting your period soon. * An annoyingly runny nose. * Bubbly feeling in my stomach, (towards the top by your sternum) kind of like when your really hungry and just drank some really carbonated soda. * Very tired. * Irrationally moody and snappy for no obvious reason. * The general feeling of maybe being pregnant. * Very thirsty! All the time. * Having to urinate more often. * I had slightly sore nipples this time. In the first pregnancy they hurt really bad though. They also feel very heavy and big pretty early on. Slight skin changes. For example: Breaking out and dry skin early on then nice smooth perfect complexion after about the 7th week on.
Is feeling bloated an early symptom of pregnancy?
Feeling Bloated as a Symptom Yes, bloating can be a symptom of pregnancy. Here is advice and input from others: I have a situation similar to yours. I have started what I think is my period. I spotted yesterday and then during the evening yesterday it progressed to more of a period. It still is not the normal color my periods are. Anyway, I have been feeling very bloated. You could still be pregnant. Every woman's body is different. That's why it's so frustrating to look online and read one article that says you cannot have your period while pregnant, than another that says you can "spot" while pregnant, and THEN another that says you CAN have your period and still be pregnant. Pregnancy varies with every woman. I hope if you wish to be pregnant, you are. :) Yes. I am 16 dpo and I have been bloated since 9 dpo. During my first couple weeks of pregnancy i was feeling really bloated and really full after i would eat a meal. that is not like me at all! but now that i am in my 2nd month, i love eating food but i have to watch out for my baby. every once in a blue moon i feel after eating food, but it is usually something that doesnt agree with my stomach. Bloating was my first sign and it came really early on. I noticed when I layed on my stomach... I felt a pooch. Also my jeans obviously fit tighter too. Yes! It is definitely a symptom! During my last pregnancy that was the sign that convinced me I was pregnant (before my period was due, before I took a pregnancy test). It started before my period was due and lasted several months! Because of all the bloating I looked 5 months pregnant from the beginning! :) * I'm on what i think, is my period. It isn't a normal period, I'm not bleeding much, and it isn't the normal color. I also have very bad bloating! sorry TMI lol. I also have horrible diarrea and have been getting lightheaded out of nowhere. i read on the internet that that's a sign too? but not sure what to think, help me out?
What should you eat while pregnant?
When you go for your first prenatal appointment, your doctor should give you a list of foods to eat, and foods to stay away from. The most important thing you want to eat is green, leafy vegetables. The nutrients in vegetables will help your baby when developing. Fruits are good to eat during pregnancy also, but you may want to limit fruit if you are at risk for gestational diabetes.
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Is porridge good for weight loss?
Depends on which one we are talking about. There are many healthy ones and for breakfast it's excellent. You can eat it with a mashed apple and cinnamon or fresh berries. As always it's good to have a mixed diet. Bad carbs and simple sugars should be avoided. Most low G.I., processed or refined carbohydrates are referred to as "Bad Carbs" . The type of cereal that can assist with weight loss would be low G.I. cereals, (takes longer for the body to digest - hence a fuller for longer feeling), a common example of this would be oat cereals, whole grain cereals,etc.
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How can you tell if your mom is pregnant?
if your mom is having a baby she probably will be hungry allot so you will eat out allot then after 4 months she will buy lots of cloths and new things for the baby so on then also she will buy ma-be a new car or house to make room there is no reason to get mad over it but the baby may get more acttion than u and more gifts the most u can do is be happy later the baby will start to need about 8 diapers or more a day your mom may be sleepy allot so ma be over the weekend u can help her and make bottles and change the Dipper make sure that u can give your mom 9 hours of sleep on Fridays and sat.. so u don't go to school those days and she is rested it not your mom may start to get mad or so so make sure she has at least a 2hr naps on monday Friday when you come home from school let her have sleep and you could baby sit Ur brother or sister those are a couple of things you could do to help your mom
What should you not do while pregnant?
During pregnancy, you really are limited to what you can and can't do. Here are a things not to do: Drugs. Smoke. Drink alcohol. Do not stress yourself out. Do not sit in the hot tub for extended periods. Don't forget oral hygiene, when you are pregnant your hormones act on your gums causing gingivitis. Clean a cat litter box or urine, feces, or vomit from any animal, due to parasites. Any sports activities where you could fall and hurt you or the baby. In addition: Don't forget about your oral health. Mounting evidence suggests that periodontal disease, a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth, can lead to premature labor and low-birth weight babies. See your dentist for a checkup and a cleaning now if you haven't done so in the last six months.