is the term used to describe when a woman has a growing fetus inside of
her. In most cases, the fetus grows in the uterus.
Human pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, or just more than 9 months, from the start of the last menstrual period to childbirth
What are the signs of pregnancy?
The primary sign of pregnancy is missing one or more consecutive menstrual periods. However, because many women experience menstrual irregularities that may cause missed periods, women who miss a period should see their
health care provider to find out whether they are pregnant or whether
there is another health problem.
Others signs and symptoms of pregnancy may include:
Nausea or vomiting, morning sickness
Sore breasts or nipples
Food cravings or aversions
How do I know I’m pregnant?
pregnancy test is the best way to determine if you are pregnant. Home
pregnancy test kits are available over-the-counter and are considered
highly accurate. A health care provider can also do a pregnancy test.
research in the 1970s found that high levels of the hormone human
chorionic gonadatropin (HCG) in the urine were associated with
pregnancy. This research led to the development of the home pregnancy
test that is commercially available today.
If you think you may be pregnant, or have a positive home pregnancy test, see a health care provider.
What is prenatal care and why is it important?
Prenatal care is the care woman gets during a pregnancy. Getting early and regular
prenatal care is important for the health of both mother and the
In addition, health care providers are now recommending a woman see a health care provider for preconception care, before she is even trying to get pregnant.
Health care providers recommend women take the following steps to ensure the best health outcome for mother and baby:
Getting at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day to help prevent many types of neural tube defects. Health care providers recommend taking folic acid both before and during pregnancy.
properly vaccinated for certain diseases (such as chicken pox and
rubella) that could harm a developing fetus—it is important to have the
vaccinations before becoming pregnant
Maintaining a healthy weight and diet and getting regular physical activity before, during, and after pregnancy
Avoiding smoking, alcohol, or drug use before, during, and after pregnancy
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
pregnancies involve a certain degree of risk to both mother and baby.
But, factors present before pregnancy or that develop during pregnancy
can place the mother and baby at higher risk for problems. Women with high-risk pregnancies may need care from specialists or a team of health care providers to help promote healthy pregnancy and birth.
Factors present before pregnancy that can increase risk may include:
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