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What is the length of a normal pregnancy?
An average pregnancy is counted as 40 weeks, as it is counted from the first day of the mother's last period.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
Women can experience a variety of symptoms that can vary throughout the pregnancy and each woman may have a unique set of symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms that may be associated with pregnancy may include: Morning sickness; Increased …
How is pregnancy confirmed?
Pregnancy can be confirmed by detection of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), which is secreted by the placenta. This test can either be an over-the-counter urine testing kit, or a blood test performed by a doctor.
Can pregnancy be prevented?
No form of contraception is 100% effective but some are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy if used correctly. Different methods of contraception include: Barrier protection such as: condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps or spermicides; Hormonal methods …
What increases the chances of developing complications during pregnancy?
There are various risk factors that may cause complications during pregnancy: Being over 35 years of age; Being under 20 years of age; Being obese or underweight; Having diabetes; Having a …
What factors can trigger preterm pregnancy?
Preterm pregnancy may be more likely in women who: Are under 20 years of age; Have had a previous preterm birth; Have had cervical surgery; Have certain medical conditions such as kidney disease; Are underweight, or; Are carrying …
What are the side effects of taking medications during pregnancy?
The safety of any medication will depend on the type of medication being used, its dose, the stage of pregnancy and the health of the unborn baby and their mother. It is important to consult with your doctor before you start …
Is it safe to have sex while pregnant?
For most pregnant women, with normal pregnancy development, having sex is safe throughout the pregnancy. Sex is not recommended in case of conditions such as placenta praevia (when the placenta inserts into the lower segment of the uterus).
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pre-pregnancy check-up