Pregnancy is often the first thing a woman thinks of if she misses her monthly period. If a person has irregular periods, not starting on a specific day may not show cause for alarm. Tenderness in the breasts, frequent urination, extreme fatigue, and mild spotting are common signs of pregnancy. Within a few weeks, the breasts will begin to grow slightly larger and the nipples will become tender as well. As the baby begins to grow, the next sensation will be along the abdominal walls as the tendons and ligaments that support the uterus begin to stretch and pull. By this time, most women have taken a pregnancy test and already know the result. It is important, however, to visit an OB/GYN to have a proper pregnancy test performed.
During a pregnancy, the growing fetus will begin to consume many of the nutrients the mother takes in. The mother's body will pass the nutrients to the child even if it causes her to become deficient in some areas. Vitamin B12 and folic acid are commonly two vitamins that are found to be deficient during pregnancy. Doctors will recommend specific diets and nutritional supplements that are designed for pregnant mothers. While the diet is important, taking the prenatal vitamin on a regular basis ensures that both mother and child get the nutrients they need. This allows the mother to have what she needs to remain healthy, as well as the baby having everything it needs to develop properly.
Braxton Hicks contractions are harmless and will not affect the birth of the child, even though they may be nerve wracking for first-time parents. Braxton Hicks contractions are preliminary contractions. They actually work to prepare the body for what is about to happen. Although they are painful, they are rarely regular and do not last very long. One of the main differences between Braxton Hicks contractions and true contractions is the timing. True contractions will start slow and build in intensity. As they progress they will begin to last longer and longer with much less time between each one. Braxton Hicks may begin to appear more frequently but are very short-lived.
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