A series of things have to happen before a woman can get pregnant. A woman must ovulate, meaning her ovary releases an egg that travels down the fallopian tube toward her uterus. If the egg is met with sperm while it is moving toward the uterus, there's a chance the sperm will fertilize the egg, which will then implant in a woman's uterine wall. At this point, a woman will be able to determine she is pregnant via home tests.
Early signs of pregnancy come before a woman can really test it. The most obvious sign of pregnancy is a missed period, but she may notice a change in her emotions as her body generates hormones necessary for nourishing the fetus. She may notice an increased need to urinate, nausea or food cravings and aversions that are so often associated with pregnancy. If a woman thinks it may have been two weeks since she conceived (i.e. about two weeks prior to her missed period), she should be able to take a home test with some level of accuracy.
Once a woman realizes she's with child, she should abstain from any kind of consumption known to harm developing fetuses. Smoking, alcohol consumption or other drug use should be stopped. A woman may also want to refrain from drinking coffee and eating certain foods that doctors recognize as potentially harmful to a healthy pregnancy. A woman will be pregnant for nine months, or roughly 42 weeks. During this time, she'll need to have more regular check-ups with her health care provider. She can expect to gain anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds during the second and third trimesters.
There are books, blogs and resources a plenty to get a woman through every possible pregnancy question. There are even fashionable maternity clothes sold at one's every day department stores. Expecting is an exciting time during which women are said to glow in a way unmatched by any other disposition. However, watching one's diet, exercising, adjusting one's lifestyle and preparing for the delivery of the child will become a time-consuming responsibility. Many employers are required by law to give a expectant employee and/or her spouse a paid or pardoned break from work to raise the child during the first few weeks or months of its life.
Pregnant teen shot, killed in Charlotte apartment
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A pregnant woman and her unborn child were murdered in the middle of the night by someone who shot into a living room window at an apartment complex in southwest Charlotte early Wednesday morning. Police are still trying to figure out who did it and why the 19-year-old was shot...3 months later, pregnant mother's killing unsolved
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Pregnant teen shot dead in west Charlotte
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Time to vent
November 27, 2013, 11:02 am
I will start off by saying that we are fortunate to have a great worker on our side. She calls with possible placements and then says "oh wait, no - this is not a good fit." Which we REALLLLLLY appreciate. We have other children and animals in the house, so there are certain situations that we...Not sure what to do
November 23, 2013, 11:27 pm
I'm not sure I'm in the right place. If I'm not, I would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction. I've looked all over this site and it seems like there are a lot of really knowledgeable people here. I apologize in advance if I say something disrespectful, I don't mean to at...
November 24, 2013, 7:13 pm
Well, tpr trial #3 is in a few days, I am beyond nervous about the outcome, mom has been working case plan but still not 100% compliant with everything. This trial will be in front of a new judge, we have had the some one all along so I don't know what the outcome could be with a new one....I've joined the "oh no, she can't be pregnant" club
November 25, 2013, 6:11 pm
I mostly read here, but I had to get this out somewhere. Z is our foster daughter, who was placed with us at 3 days old and is now six months old. She will be moving to live with her grandma as soon as daycare arrangements are made. Today I found out that her bmom is 12 weeks pregnant. She...
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