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?
A Gynecologist/General Physician diagnoses Pregnancy by performing a pregnancy test and physical examination. Often, Pregnancy is diagnosed by measuring human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) levels in the body.
HOW IS PREGNANCY TREATED?
A routine check up with a gynecologist is required for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Depending on the growth of the fetus and various medical conditions of the pregnant woman certain precautionary medications can be prescribed.
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.