Pregnancy, also known as gravidity or gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman. A multiple pregnancy involves more than one offspring, such as with twins. Pregnancy can occur by sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technology. It usually lasts around 40 weeks from the last menstrual period (LMP) and ends in childbirth. This is just over nine lunar months, where each month is about 29½ days. When measured from conception it is about 38 weeks. An embryo is the developing offspring during the first eight weeks following conception, after which, the term fetus is used until birth. Symptoms of early pregnancy may include missed periods, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, hunger, and frequent urination.
HOW IS PREGNANCY DIAGNOSED?
Pregnancy has to be carefully managed through regular visits to the Gynaecologist throughout the period till the delivery occurs. When any of the symptoms appear serious the doctor should be consulted. There are regular diagnostic tests conducted on pregnant woman, like, ultrasound tests and blood and urine tests.
HOW IS PREGNANCY TREATED?
A healthy Pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks and upon completing the three trimesters, the baby is delivered.
DID YOU KNOW?
Premature births can result in many health problems such as low birth weight and jaundice to a lack of development of the organs.