Contraception and Pregnancy Medical Dictionary

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Whether you are at the beginning or end of your pregnancy, your body is certainly going to do strange and unusual things. Nearly every woman experiences some symptoms of pregnancy at some point, even if they do not realize that pregnancy is causing their physical or emotional issues. Every pregnancy is different and everyone’s body has different reactions.  However, if you know a bit about what to expect along the way, you’ll have less surprises and a more enjoyable pregnancy.

The first trimester can be very physically taxing on some women, with a wide variety of reactions to the hormones and growth within their body. Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms and does not always happen in the morning. Nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of day and be brought on by sights, smells, or nothing at all. Sore breasts, bloating, extreme fatigue, and frequent urination are also common. Very early on some women experience implantation bleeding or spotting. A small amount of bleeding is not uncommon, but any symptoms should be discussed with a medical professional. These symptoms of pregnancy may come and go, or you may not have any at all.

During the second trimester, most of these early symptoms of pregnancy will disappear or at least lessen. Many women enjoy this second pregnancy stage immensely, as energy levels return and that early nausea usually disappears. There are a few new symptoms that can pop up at this point that are very common. Emotionally, you may experience many ups and downs, and go from happy and excited to overwhelmed and in tears in a matter of seconds. You may begin having Braxton-Hicks contractions, preparing your body for labor. Dizziness, leg cramps, and heartburn are also common occurrences in the middle of pregnancy. While these symptoms are not generally cause for concern, always keep your doctor informed as to what has been happening with you to prevent major issues.

In the third trimester of pregnancy, the symptoms of pregnancy can be overwhelming. You may just feel sick of being pregnant and want your body back. The early exhaustion comes back, mostly from carrying around the extra body weight all day long. Your hands and feet may swell, and you may experience backaches and shortness of breath due to your expanding size.  Your breasts may become even larger and begin to leak colostrum, which is the baby’s first food that your body produces naturally. You may notice stretch marks and varicose veins on various parts of your body. Regular checkups with your doctor will help you to control symptoms and notice those that are cause for concern.

Your body will go through many changes during each pregnancy and may never be exactly what it was before. Knowing what to expect can help you to handle these changes with ease, both physically and emotionally. These symptoms vary from woman to woman, pregnancy to pregnancy, so regular consultation with a medical professional is the best way to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.

- Barrier Methods of Contraception. - Miscarriage
- Post Natal Depression - Pregnancy
- Sexual Activity during and after Pregnancy - Smoking and Pregnancy
- Stretch Marks in Pregnancy - Termination (Abortion).
- The I.U.D. (or Intra Uterine Device). - The Pill (Oral Contraceptive Pill or OCP).
- The Rhythm Method of Birth Control or Natural Family Planning - Tubal Ligation.
- Vasectomy. - Signs of Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Tests - Stages of Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Due Date Calculator - Symptoms of Pregnancy
- Early Pregnancy Signs - Ectopic Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Calendar - Pregnancy Test
- Pregnancy week by week - Teenage Pregnancy
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