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Interesting Facts About Pregnancy

For a woman, pregnancy is both an exciting and a scary moment of her life. Let's have a look at some of the interesting facts about this phase of a woman's life.

Facts

Speaking in medical terms, the definition of pregnancy is the carrying of one or more offspring, known as a fetus or embryo, inside the womb of a female. In a pregnancy, there can be multiple gestations, as in the case of twins or triplets. Childbirth usually occurs about 38 weeks after conception; in women who have a menstrual cycle length of four weeks, this is approximately 40 weeks from the last normal menstrual period (this is why the doctor always asks you about your last period!) The World Health Organization defines normal term for delivery as between 37 weeks and 42 weeks.

What Are Trimester Periods?

In order to understand this period better and in a simpler manner, it is divided into three trimesters. In the first trimester, there is the maximum risk of miscarriage, which is the natural death of the embryo. In the second trimester, it is possible to monitor the development of the fetus accurately. In the third trimester, the fetus learns to survive and prepares itself for the outside world.

How Does A Woman Get pregnant?

In order to get pregnant, the female egg (oocyte) has to unite with the male sperm, in a process that is called fertilization. This union occurs as a result of sexual intercourse. When a man ejaculates, sperm is released and will travel up through the uterus to try to find the female egg. After this, the fertilized egg will implant itself into the lining of the uterus. This process will result in the new developing embryo releasing of a very special hormone - called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This is a very important hormone - because it will cause your ovaries to release a different hormone - called progesterone - which will be critically responsible for maintaining your pregnancy. Human chorionic gonadotrophin should also be very important to you for another reason - this is the hormone in your urine that the home pregnancy test and physician will check to confirm that you are pregnant!

What Is A Due Date?

It is the date when a pregnant woman is expected to deliver her baby. As per the Merck Medical Manual, the human pregnancy lasts for 266 days, i.e, 38 weeks. However, if we count from the first day of the least menstrual cycle (which is why the doctor asks your about the first day of your last period), it amounts to 40 weeks. However, these are average calculations and the actual length of your pregnancy will depend on many factors. It will depend on the health of the mother, the health of the baby, and whether or not you are having twins (shorter length of pregnancy).

What Is A Premature Baby?

If a baby is born before 37 weeks, it will be regarded as a premature baby. Do not be scared though, if your doctor tells you that your baby may be premature. Every day hundreds of premature babies are born and they do just fine! On the other hand, if your baby wants to stay inside a little too long to come out, it is considered a post-term baby. Your baby will be post-term if it is born after 42 weeks.

There are innumerable changes that take place in a woman's body during pregnancy. It also affects the emotional side of her. It is better to keep in constant touch with your doctor to know what's happening inside your body, as you prepare to bring a new life into this world!

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