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Pregnancy Information

  • Pregnancy is defined as beginning when the developing embryo becomes implanted into the endometrial lining of a woman's uterus. In some cases where complications may have arisen, the fertilized egg might implant itself in the fallopian tubes or the cervix, causing an ectopic pregnancy...
  • The normal term for pregnancies is between 37 and 42 weeks, according to the World Health Organization. The first trimester carries the highest risk of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus). During the second trimester, the development of the fetus can be more easily monitored and diagnosed. The beginning of the third trimester often approximates the point of viability, or the ability of the fetus to survive, with or without medical help, outside of the uterus.

    Signs of Pregnancy

    Most pregnant women do not have any specific signs or symptoms of implantation, although it is not uncommon to experience light bleeding at implantation. The outer layers of the embryo grow and form a placenta, for the purpose of receiving essential nutrients through the uterus wall. The umbilical cord in a newborn child consists of the remnants of the connection to the placenta. The developing embryo undergoes tremendous growth and changes during the process of embryonic and fetal development. Morning sickness afflicts about seventy percent of all pregnant women, typically only in the first trimester.

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Miscarriages are relatively common. As a matter of fact, up to 50% of all pregnancies can end in some sort of miscarriage. Most of the time, that happens extremely early in pregnancy, and most women feel it's just a heavy menses or a heavy period, that their period is a day or two late.
If a woman feels like she is miscarrying, the first thing she should do is call the physician or her physician's office. Sometimes we don't need to do anything immediately, so we don't always request you go to the emergency room. If you are pregnant, and if you know that the pregnancy is inside the uterus and doing well and you have some spotting, ... Read More »
Women are often told to wait two or three months before trying to become pregnant after a miscarriage. However, there are no known risks to a pregnancy conceived even 1 month after a miscarriage. If you want to wait, you may resume any form of birth control right away. The emotional reactions women have after a miscarriage will vary. It is not ... Read More »

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