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How Would You Know If You Are Pregnant
BMI is a crude guide: The bmi formula, english units, is (wt in lbs) x 703÷(ht in inches), see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/body_mass_index. Optimal just below 20 to ~25 bmi range. However, if very muscular, bmi overestimates body fat. The bigger issue, healthwise, is body fat, which is driven by low-fat diet/foods (carb/sugar is rapidly converted to triglyceride fats, by liver ; stored). See nusi.Org, fatchance.Html. ...Read more
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
Take pregnancy test: There are many signs and symptoms of pregnancy. They include missed periods, breast tenderness, sensitivity to smells, and nausea/vomiting, fatigue, and weight gain. If you think you might be pregnant, you could take a home pregnancy test (they are very accurate) or visit your doctor to obtain proper prenatal care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Urine pregnancy test: Over the counter urine pregnancy tests (upts) are very accurate in diagnosing early pregnancy - don't rely on symptoms. As early as the day after your missed/late period the upt may be positive in 90% of cases and should be positive in 100% of cases the week after. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and good luck! ...Read more
Skipped period: Best sign of pregnancy is skipping a period or one that is really light. But if you are concerned do an at home urine pregnancy test. Do it first thing in the morning when your urine is strong. Be sure to read all the instructions. If you are still unsure go to a family planning clinic to get checked out. ...Read more
OPK or ultrasounds: If you have regular periods you can use an ovulation predictor kit (opk). Iui can be timed according to when your opk goes positive. You can also have ultrasound scans to measure the size and number of follicles developing in your ovaries, which may be combined with blood tests to check your estrogen levels. If you have irregular cycles see a rei specialist. ...Read more
By physical, imaging: Fibroids can be discovered by physical exam or by imaging (exs. Pelvic ultrasound, mri). They can be very small (pea size) or quite large (melon). Most women that have fibroids are asymptomatic and do not require any treatment (unless they are causing infertility). Fibroids can cause significant symptoms, most notably heaving menstrual flow, pelvic pain, and increased urinary frequency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Presumptive evidence: regular cycles, premenstrual breast pain and lower abdominal cramps, midcycle pain and vaginal watery discharge, surge on ovulation predictor kit, pregestrone >3ng/ml in the second half of the cycle, seeing large growing follicles on ultrasound. Sure evidence: pregnancy. ...Read more
Don't be: Eeclampsia is an emergent condition that requires hospitalization, delivery, and control of seizures. If you are pregnant and have risk factors for preeclampsia/eeclampsia, see an OB specialist now. To the hospital if you have headaches, visual changes, swelling (edema), nausea or vomiting, hypertension, or abdominal pain. Please don't stay alone if you gave any of these. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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