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Wonder If You Might Be Pregnant?

Pregnancy

There are numerous symptoms you may experience.

Missed Period, Spotting, Cramping
A missed period is the most common sign of pregnancy that people notice.  However some women may not completely miss their next period, but may experience spotting and/or cramping at that time.  This could happen because the embryo is attaching (implanting) in the uterus.  If bleeding continues beyond the sixth or seventh week, contact your doctor.

Morning Sickness
Nausea and/or vomiting are experienced by many women in the early weeks of pregnancy.  It can be at any time of day, not just in the morning.  Very seldom is this serious enough to require medical attention.

Tender or Sensitive Breasts
Because your body has a significant increase in hormones, your breasts may become tender or sore.

Unusual Fatigue and Irritableness
The extra hormones during pregnancy frequently cause you to be more tired than usual.  You might also experience mood swings and become easily irritable.

Frequent Urination
Another effect of the increased hormones is frequent urination. Many women experience this as a very early sign of pregnancy.

‘Pickles and Ice Cream’
You may discover that your tastes in food change considerably, and you may experience unusual cravings because of the increase in hormones in your body.

If you need a pregnancy test you can contact Life Centers of Orange County for a free pregnancy test and assistance.  

We are here to help!  It’s your life.  It’s your choice. You have time…be informed.  Call us or make an appointment.

 

 

Curious About What Is Happening During Pregnancy?

Development of the Baby - From Fertilization to Birth

egg and spermDay 1:  Fertilization: all human chromosomes are present;

A unique human life begins … a girl or a boy!

Day 6: Embryo begins implantation in the uterus.

Day 22: Heart begins to beat with the child's own blood, often a different type than the mothers'.

Week 3: The child's backbone, spinal column, and nervous system are forming. The liver, kidneys and intestines begin to take shape.

Week 4: By the end of week four the child is ten thousand times larger than the fertilized egg. 

childWeek 5: Eyes, legs, and hands begin to develop.

Week 6: Brain waves are detectable, mouth and lips are present, fingernails are forming.
Week 7: Eyelids and toes form, the nose is distinct. The baby is kicking and swimming.

Week 8: Every organ is in place, bones begin to replace cartilage, and fingerprints begin to form. By the 8th week the baby can begin to hear.

Weeks 9 and 10: Teeth begin to form and fingernails develop.  The baby can turn his head, and frown. The baby can hiccup.

Weeks 10 and 11: The baby can "breathe" amniotic fluid and urinate. 

Week 11: The baby can grasp objects placed in its hand; all organ systems are functioning. The baby has a skeletal structure, nerves, and circulation.

childWeek 12: The baby has all of the parts necessary to experience pain, including nerves, spinal cord, and thalamus. The vocal cords are complete. The baby can suck its thumb. 

Week 14: At this age, the heart pumps several quarts of blood through the body every day.

Week 15: The baby has an adult's taste buds.

Week 17: The  baby can have dream (REM) sleep. 

Week 19: Babies can routinely be saved at 21 to 22 weeks after fertilization, and sometimes they can be saved even younger

Week 20: The baby recognizes its' mothers voice.

childMonths 5 and 6: The baby practices breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid into its developing lungs. The baby will grasp at the umbilical cord when it feels it.  Most mothers feel an increase in movement, kicking, and hiccup from the baby. Oil and sweat glands are now functioning. The baby is now twelve inches long or more and weighs up to one and a half pounds.

Months 7 through 9: Eyes and teeth are present. The baby opens and closes his eyes. The baby is using four of the five senses (vision, hearing, taste, and touch.)  He knows the difference between waking and sleeping, and can relate to the moods of the mother. The baby's skin begins to thicken, and a layer of fat is produced and stored beneath the skin. Antibodies are built up, and the baby's heart begins to pump 300 gallons of blood per day. Approximately one week before the birth the baby stops growing, and "drops", usually head down into the pelvic cavity. 

A baby is born and welcomed with joy!

baby sleeping