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Pregnancy

A prospective mother must be well-prepared, both physically and mentally, to handle the birth of a child, as well as the responsibilities that come with raising the child. She should learn the basic facts about pregnancy, delivery, and nutritional management for herself and the baby both during and after delivery.

A healthy woman without any serious illness, emotional disturbance or defective hormonal secretions does not miss her period. Once she conceives, the first symptom is that she misses her monthly period. The next few symptoms are morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, which normally disappear in a healthy mother-to-be after the third month of pregnancy. Later, she experiences tenderness in her breasts as well as an increase in their size due to hormonal changes taking place in her body. Frequent urination is experienced due to the pressure exerted by the growing uterus. After the fourth month, the movement of the child can be felt. Most expectant mothers describe this feeling as thrilling. Some mothers may not have such an experience, and this does not mean that the growth of the foetus is in danger.

During pregnancy, many changes take place in the body of the expectant mother. Muscles of the uterus stretch for the foetus to grow and start producing hormones that inform the endocrine glands to change their pattern of activity. This promotes the growth of the foetus and breasts in preparation for the production of milk. The expectant mother will experience an increase of about 4 kg in weight by the end of five months and another 4 kg to 8 kg by the end of 9 months. Towards the end of 9 months, the pituitary produces hormones to stimulate contraction of the uterus muscles in preparation for delivery and milk production. From conception to delivery, it takes about 266 days, and from the last menstruation to delivery, it takes about 280 days.

The expectant mother must go for thorough medical checkups as these are important in detecting and preventing possible complications that may occur either during the pregnancy or later on. The visit should be once a month for the first 6 months, once in 2 weeks for the 7th and 8th months, and every week thereafter.