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How Do I Know If I'm Really Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Get a check up: Start by speaking with your gynecologist to see if you have any risk factors or if testing should be done. Some common risk factors include: irregular periods, serious medical conditions like heart or kidney disease or cancer, overweight, underweight, smoking, previous pelvic surgery, fibroids, previous std or pelvic inflammatory disease, family history of endometriosis or premature menopause. ...Read more
Use a pregnancy test: The definitive way to know if you are pregnant is to use a pregnancy test. However, there are signs and symptoms that some women will note when they have concieved. Breast fullness and tenderness is common, as is fatigue, urinary frequency, headache, constipation, and pelvic cramping. Morning sickness (nausea) is also very common, and of course missing your period is likely after conception. ...Read more
Home pregnancy test: The first symptom of pregnancy is missing your period. A home pregnancy test can reliably tell you whether you are pregnant or not. The very accurate, home pregnancy tests can be found at any drug store (there are multiple brands). The home test will look for signs of beta-human Chorionic Gonadotropin (b-hcg) in your urine. B-hcg is secreted by a fertilized egg and eventually by the placenta. ...Read more
Fertility evaluation: Infertility evaluation involves confirmation of ovulation, patency of fallopian tubes, and assessment of sperm characteristics. Abnormalities in any one of these may make it more difficult to conceive, even with history of previous live birth(s). This evaluation can be started by seeing your ob/gyn or an infertility specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
We are all dying!: While you are alive, concentrate in living. Find your purpose in life and do it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Overweight: It has its flaws but to my knowledge the gold standard measurement out there right now is the BMI (Body Mass Index). Using this chart can help you determine if you are overweight or not. In my opinion it doesn't account for muscle mass very well. Ultimately, it's using the chart and discussing your results with your PCP. ...Read more
Psychiatric eval: Should shed light on this matter. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy, v concentration, v memory ; suicidal thoughts. ...Read more
Depends on location: For women in north america fortunate enough to have ultrasound imaging provided, most will know about multiple fetuses before they are born. In some other parts of the world, they may need to rely on their size or perhaps number of bony parts protruding. Often, if no ultrasound has been performed, delivery of a baby smaller than expected, based on size of abdomen, is an indication to look for more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways to tell: Ovulatory cycles are typically regular, predictable, and consistent in flow characteristics, but there are several methods for testing whether ovulation is occurring or has occurred, including basal body temperature recording, blood Progesterone measurements, ovulation predictor kits, and a series of ultrasound examinations. The best test to use varies with the individual woman and her treatment. ...Read more
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