Am I Pregnant?

Am I Pregnant? By Maria Gonzalez

Am I pregnant? This is often one of the most important questions a women can ask. If you suspect you are pregnant, getting good prenatal care early is very important, so finding out as soon as possible is vital.

Am I pregnant? Have you missed a period? Are you bloated? Are your breasts tender? These may be early symptoms of pregnancy. Have you spotted, but never gotten your period? Do things smell and taste differently? Are you tired?

If you can answer yes to at least one or two of these questions, you may be pregnant. However, some women never suspect that they have conceived. As soon as your period is late, you can perform an at-home pregnancy test inexpensively and privately. These tests can be found at your local discount or drug store. The at-home tests claim 99% accuracy, and false positives are rare, so if you test positive you are most likely pregnant. Since these tests measure the level of pregnancy hormone (HCG) in your urine, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully and repeat a negative test a few days to a week later just to be sure. Sometimes hormone levels don’t rise high enough to be detected right away.

If you suspect you are pregnant, refrain from smoking, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs until you are sure. These substances are harmful to a developing baby. Stay away from x-rays and try to eat healthy until your pregnancy is confirmed.

Maria writes for Pregnancy Due Date, a site that tries to information for expectant mothers. For more great pregnancy articles, visit our Pregnancy articles archive.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?

How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant?
By Jamie McMillan

How long does it take to get pregnant?" I always get asked this from couples trying to conceive. Unfortunately, my answer every time is...It depends.

Couples usually don't like to hear this and would like to hear within a month or two. Many couples wonder if there is something wrong after a month or two and they aren't pregnant. Actually if you look at the averages about 50% of HEALTHY couples get pregnant within 4 or 5 months, and nearly 86% will get pregnant after one year of trying.

There are MANY factors that can affect you getting are a couple.

1. Timing of Sex - I can't stress how important this one is, if you are "baby dancing" at all the wrong times you may never get pregnant. There are really only 3-5 days of fertile times and you need to be having intercourse during these times.

2. Mom's Age - The older the woman is, the longer it will take to get pregnant.

3. Health - Healthy people tend to get pregnant MUCH faster than unhealthy people. This includes drug, alcohol, tobacco, use as well as caffeine intake for the mother AND the father.

So here are a few things to look out for when you're wondering "How long does it take to get pregnant?" Like I said in general it takes around 4-5 months, but it really just depends.

There are other factors as well, and they are discussed in great detail in "The Pregnancy Plan", it's a free online e-Course that can help you get pregnant naturally.

Baby Dust To All!

For more information about how long it takes to get pregnant, please visit the Pregnancy Plan.

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