Welcome to the Pregnancy pages! We have several topics that will help you through your journey. From learning the signs of pregnancy to learning about how to take care of your body after birth, you can find it here.
- 1 Are You Pregnant?
- 2 Unplanned Pregnancies
- 3 Pregnant and Considering Adoption
- 4 Becoming Pregnant
- 5 Pregnancy Calendar
- 6 Lifestyle Changes
- 7 Health and Wellness
- 8 Pregnancy Complications
- 9 Labor and Delivery
- 10 Postpartum Care
- 11 Pregnancy Index
Pregnancy is a time when you will focus on your body in a way you never have before. It's important to learn to read the signs of pregnancy - those that indicate pregnancy, those that alert you to a problem, and those that assure you all is well. See Signs of Pregnancy page.
Even the most uncomplicated pregnancy will involve a number of tests, from the initial pregnancy test to screenings for disease to others that mean little to you, but a great deal to your medical practitioner. Also, learn about home pregnancy tests as well as online pregnancy tests. See Pregnancy Test page.
Your due date is important, not only so you know when to have the nursery ready, but so you'll know how far along you are. This helps you track the progress of your pregnancy, to ensure the baby is growing and developing on schedule. To estimate your due date, you'll need some sort of pregnancy calculator. See Pregnancy Calculator page.
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An unplanned pregnancy often creates a crisis, making it difficult to focus on the future. Unplanned pregnancy is not unique to young, unmarried women. It occurs within marriage and in older women, and it can create a crisis in every life. See Unplanned Pregnancy page.
A woman who finds herself having to deal with a crisis pregnancy needs to find a place to turn for support and guidance. When you find yourself pregnant, you already have a lot of physical as well as emotional changes going on. Add to that the stresses of not knowing what your options are and where to turn, and a crisis pregnancy can be a very traumatic experience. See Crisis Pregnancy page.
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Pregnant and Considering Adoption
There are many questions to be answered and decisions to be made during this time. Here are some basic answers to common questions women have regarding the process of adoption. See the Pregnancy Questions: Initial Questions About Adoption page.
Adoption is a legal process that creates a new, permanent parent-child relationship where one didn't exist before. The adoption proceedings take place in court before a Judge. See the Considering Adoption page.
Are you pregnant and thinking about placing your baby for adoption? Being well-informed may help you feel better about whatever decision you make—whether it is to place your child for adoption or to parent your child yourself. See Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption pages.
This information discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterwards. See Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents pages.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be difficult and emotional. I so wish I could somehow personally reach out and hug any and all who are reading this. I have been there. I know how hard, scary, and confusing it can be – but hopefully this guide can help you better understand your options. See the Unplanned Pregnancy Options Guide page.
While the most obvious changes are physical, pregnancy impacts every aspect of a woman's life. See Pregnancy Basics page.
There are a lot of myths surrounding pregnancy, some of them potentially more believable that others. See Ten Pregnancy Myths page.
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Your body is going through some major changes. It's no surprise that some of these changes create discomfort. Here are some ways to deal with them. See Common Pregnancy Complaints page.
Pregnancy is a time of many, many bodily changes. These changes take energy and can leave you feeling more tired than usual. See Rest and Relaxation During Pregnancy page.
Pregnancy brings on many changes to the body, not the least of these is the change in the clothing you can wear and what feels good. See What to Wear During Pregnancy page.
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Nutrition is never more important than in pregnancy, when you're literally laying the foundation for your baby's future. See Pregnancy Nutrition page.
There are a number of exercises that are safe for you during your pregnancy. See Pregnancy Exercises page.
Because of the increased amount of hormones and changes in sexual organs in the body, sex can actually be more enjoyable during pregnancy. See Sensual Pregnancy page.
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Sometimes things don’t go as planned and you may be faced with difficult decisions. See Most Common Complications page.
What to do when your water breaks early or you go into preterm labor.
Even if the pregnancy has been low risk, sometimes complications arise during birth.
See Pregnancy Complications page.
When it comes to childbirth, you have options. Find out what choices you have in order to make your experience the most comfortable as possible. See Birthing Options page.
Be prepared with everything you need in your overnight bag and with knowing what to do when you start going into labor. See Getting Ready for the Birth page.
You've spent the last nine months preparing, and now childbirth is imminent. Let's take a step by step look at the childbirth process from first contraction to baby's first cry. See Stages of Labor page.
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Learn how best to care for your body after delivery. Learn about normal after-birth discomforts. See Recovery After Birth page.
About 80 percent of women feel down for the first several weeks after delivery. Although no one knows why this happens, we do know it's normal and usually fades with time. See Postpartum Blues page.
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