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 Exciting Times Ahead, Getting Ready For Parenthood

 



  • Having a baby is one of the most exciting events that happen in your life.
  • Conception is the process that starts with egg fertilisation and ends with the implantation of an egg into a woman’s uterus.
  • A woman conceives around the time when she is ovulating, which means when an egg has been released from her ovary into one of her fallopian tubes.
  • During sex, sperm are ejaculated from a man’s penis into a woman’s vagina. Sperm swim into the uterus to reach the fallopian tubes. If a sperm meets an egg and fertilises it, fertilisation takes place.
  • In the week after fertilisation, the fertilised egg (now called an embryo) moves slowly down the fallopian tube and into the uterus. The embryo attaches itself firmly to the uterus. This is called implantation. And thus, women miss their periods when they are pregnant.
  • You can take a pregnancy test from the first day you missed your period
  • A positive test result is almost usually correct. If you get a negative result and still think you are pregnant, wait for a week and try again or meet your doctor.
  • Don’t feel heartbroken if you are not pregnant. You can always try again.
  • When you come to know that you are pregnant, you may feel happy and excited or even shocked, confused and upset.
  • Everybody is different; so, do not worry if you are not feeling as happy as you might have expected.
  • Some of these feelings may result from changes in your hormone levels, making you feel more emotional.
  • As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, get in touch with your doctor.
  • Some pregnant women start feeling sick or tired or experience other minor physical problems for a few weeks.
  • Determine to have a healthy diet and lifestyle that can help you to keep well during pregnancy and give your baby the best possible start in life.

Reference - The Pregnancy Book: Your complete guide to: A healthy pregnancy Labour and childbirth The first weeks with your new baby[Internet]. Available at: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf. Accessed on Feb 27, 2020.

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