Tips on how to get pregnant – Also what are the pregnancy signs and symptoms. Now that a couple has decided to go ahead and have a baby, let us see how it all happens – how to get pregnant and how a new human being starts developing within the mother.
Best tips on how to get pregnant !
To understand the phenomenon you need to have some idea of the process of ovulation.
In simple words, it means shedding of ripe eggs (ova) from the ovary, the female egg-producing organ. The ovum enters a tube that joins the uterus.
One of the would-be-father’s innumerable sperms may meet it and fertilize the woman’s ripe egg to form a zygote. After fertilization, the zygote shortly divides into equal new cells.
What is quite fascinating is that each of the two new cells, have a fundamental structure of the original combined cell.
In simple words, it contains half of the chromosomes (bodies carrying inherited characters from parents to child) from the father and half from the mother.
It is, therefore, at this very early stage that the child’s inheritance is decided.
The cluster of cells resulting from the sperm-and-ovum meeting in a few days passes from the tube down into the uterus.
It is here in the lining of the uterus that the cluster buries itself firmly for further growth. Thus fertilization and implantation together constitute what is called conception.
It marks the cessation of menstruation. If, on the other hand, the thick warm lining fails to receive a fertilized ovum, it gets shed in the form of menstrual flow – a process which is repeated as menstrual period every month in every normal woman until she reaches menopause.
What are the pregnancy signs and symptoms ?
Most experienced mothers seldom find much difficulty in recognizing a pregnancy. This may not be true in the case of young women who are becoming mothers for the first time.
Stopping of the menstrual period is usually the earliest sign of pregnancy. It should, however, be remembered that a woman may miss her period just out of anxiety rather than as a result of conception.
Secondly, the menstrual period may be missed by some women with irregular and scanty periods.
In any case, as and when a suspicion about occurrence of pregnancy arises, it is advisable to consult your doctor who knows how to confirm it.
Morning sickness usually accompanies early stages of pregnancy. The woman wakes up with nausea and may vomit. In subsequent weeks it slowly subsides.
By the end of the first month changes occurring in the breasts in preparation for producing milk for the baby, cause their fullness and tenderness.
By the third month a pregnant woman becomes aware of a mass in the lower abdomen which by then starts protruding.
The so-called “quickening” refers to the movements of the foetus (baby in the womb) felt on palpation of the abdomen of the mother. The sign occurs as the pregnancy advances.
As soon as it becomes clear that pregnancy has resulted, arrangements should be made to attend an antenatal at a hospital, health centre or dispensary.
It is advisable to have good medical care right at the outset rather than when pregnancy is fairly advanced.