Pregnancy: Top Five Facts
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Pregnancy: top five facts

By Steph Haase July 26, 10:53 am
If you have unprotected sex, there is a chance that you’ll get pregnant. But how can you increase those chances? What do you need to take care of and keep healthy once you find out you're expecting?
Pregnant or not?

If you've had unprotected sex, missed a pill or had a condom burst and you don't want to be pregnant, make sure that you get your hands on emergency contraception within 72 hours. If your next period is normal, you’re not pregnant.

If you want to have a baby, on the other hand, it's time to wait and see if the pregnancy test is positive and you don't menstruate! By the way, more than half of all women trying to get pregnant do so within the first six months after they stop using birth control.

Increase your chances

If you’re trying to have a baby, there are several things you can do to increase your chances. Having lots of sex is obviously a good start! Your chances will be even better if you have sex when you’re ovulating, so some calculations might be in order (check out our period FAQs).

Also, a healthy lifestyle will help. Stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and drugs and eat well. Women who are over- or underweight may have trouble conceiving. But the men can help to, by keeping their testicles cool! This will help with the sperm production.

Have regular check-ups

You’re pregnant? Congratulations! Keep some things in mind though. You need to take good care of your body now, eat well and get a lot of rest.

Taking folic acid supplements during the first three months of pregnancy, or special vitamins for pregnant women, can help prevent your baby from being born with abnormalities like spina bifida. You should actually start taking folic acid when you start trying to get pregnant. Once you are pregnant, it's hard to get enough of it from a balanced diet alone, so the supplements are a good option.

Also, you should see your health care provider regularly. This way, complications can be discovered early. This could save your and your baby's life!

Fertility testing 

You've been trying to have a baby for a long time and you're still not pregnant? Then it may be time to for you and your partner to think about fertility testing. If there is a problem, there may be medical treatments that can help you conceive.

It’s easiest to test a man’s fertility, so that’s a good place to start. It just takes a simple sperm test. There are even home testing kits for sperm, but they tend to be less reliable and won't tell you as much as a lab test. Fertility-testing on women is trickier and requires more invasive tests.

Remember that if one of you has fertility problems, it’s just about as likely to be the man as the woman.

Age issues

All around the world, women these days are waiting until they’re older to have their first child. Compared to just thirty years ago, women have their first baby are on average five years later.

Usually, the ability to have children stops after menopause. But with medical advances, it's now even possible for women over 50 to get pregnant. However, the risk of complications is much higher then.

The oldest woman ever to give birth was an elderly Indian lady. At an age where most women are grandparents, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter. She was 70 years old!

How would you react if you or your partner got pregnant? Any facts you want to share. Comment below or join the discussion on Facebook.

Did you learn something new?

Comments
thomas obure
Fri, 07/26/2013 - 03:33 pm
i will be grateful if for along time have bee struggling to get failled but now it is true i will thank God for that gift of a child
i did unprotected sex last month after one week of menstruation period and am i don't know weather am pregnant t since am expecting my period at this date and have not seen . am so worried because i don't want to be pregnant . advice
Hi Milly, if you had sex one week after your period, you had sex in a period that's pretty safe concerning pregnancy. Sometimes, stress and other factors can cause your period to be late. For your peace of mind, go to a pharmacy and get yourself a pregnancy test. But please, from now on: use a condom!
Samiah
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 09:34 am
i missed my periods last month and i did a test and it turned positive.after 3 weeks i started abdominal pains and bleeding.i went and did a scan only to find out there was no pregnancy seen.i was given antibiotics.the bleeding never stopped so i went to a private doctor and he cleaned me but to date am still bleeding and yesterday a small rigid thing came out.kindly advice and what was that thing?
Dear Samiah, please go see the doctor again. It is hard to make a judgement from far, and a medical professional will be able to help you far better. It sounds sound a bit like you had a miscarriage, but again, this is only a speculation from far. Please make an appointment with a doctor to make sure everything is good and you are healthy.
we did unprotected sex and I conceived but aft telling my bfie he said he isn't ready for the baby now am bearing the burden alone since he said he will never be concerned about it. It is now 6 months and have never communicated with him. Advice
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