Duration :The normal duration of pregnancy is 40 weeks. These weeks are divided into three, 3–month periods called trimesters. A woman's due date is calculated by adding 40 weeks to the first day of her last menstrual period.
Ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy implanted outside the uterus. It usually occurs in the fallopian tubes, but may occur in the ovary, cervix, abdomen or the site where the fallopian tube and uterus join. This condition requires removal of the embryo (developing fertilized egg) to prevent rupture of the internal organs and severe bleeding.The First Prenatal Care begins as soon as pregnancy is suspected, Women should attend every prenatal care appointment, even if they are feeling fine. According to the March of Dimes, women who meet with their healthcare provider regularly during pregnancy are less likely to experience pregnancy complications, have a lower rate of premature delivery and have healthier babies.
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A pregnant woman can pass a sexually transmitted disease (STD) to her child during delivery, as well as before or after birth. Pregnant women should be tested at their first prenatal visit because STDs can cause serious damage to a baby including blindness, deafness and mental retardation. In some cases, they may cause death.
Common Symptoms: Fatigue, vaginal bleeding and nausea/vomiting are all common symptoms of the FIRST trimesters. During the second trimester, the uterus may begin flexing to build up strength. As a result, a woman may feel contractions in her lower abdomen and groin. These Braxton Hicks contractions are usually painless and unpredictable. Women should immediately contact their physician when contractions become painful or regular.