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Early Signs of Pregnancy and What To Do Next!

First learning that you are only 2 weeks pregnant is the beginning of a long adventure into motherhood that only begins with pregnancy. Each step of the way, there is something new to discover and feels like your experience is unique. Yet, when you share your stories, it seems like so many others can relate with similar experiences.

Early pregnancy affects women in so many different ways. It is probably safe to say that you will begin noticing changes in your body and how things fit sometime around when you are 4 weeks pregnant or into your second month of pregnancy. One of the first things women notice is a missed period. Another sign of early pregnancy can be morning sickness. It's not always obvious though, and can be confused with symptoms of mild illness. The feelings of nausea are not always in the morning either!

Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting times for a new mother-to-be. You will have many mixed feelings about the future and what will happen next. The first priority should be to find a good OB-GYN physician. They will insure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy which is critical for the health of your baby. The doctor will put you on track with the proper diet and prenatal vitamins too.

Other concerns you will have is calculating a due date for your baby. How do you know if you are 2 weeks pregnant or if you are 4 weeks pregnant? Well, the doctor will know based on how well you kept track of your cycle. Then, you will begin to wonder about choosing the right baby name! This can take months to decide, so take your time. It's an important decision to make.

Experts agree women are interested in learning more about their body and the changes they go through during pregnancy. Many questions they are asked are about pregnancy problems, like anemia, stretch marks, postpartum depression, and serious birth disorders. Most of these problems are never present and only affect a small number of pregnant women. There are many books on these topics and your doctor can help you too.

Whatever advice you choose to take, pregnancy and motherhood are a wonderful new experience and you should enjoy each and every moment! There is lots of expert advice about pregnancy and parenting your baby, so take time to learn all you can!

Jennifer Clark
21 Apr 2007

Jennifer Clark is a successful webmaster and publisher of
Maternity Collections. A website that specializes in maternity clothes fashions and features articles about pregnancy and parenting including, "2 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect In Early Pregnancy!"

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Very Early Signs of Pregnancy - The 10 Pregnancy Signs

Very early signs of pregnancy - are there 10 pregnancy signs? Yes, there are signs that indicate very early that you are pregnant. Some women will experience one or two of them, others will have several of the very early signs of pregnancy. Once you have conceived, it will take about a week for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. As implantation happens, it's now possible to experience one or more of the 10 pregnancy signs and begin to know you are pregnant. Around this time, hormone levels begin to change, and the body reacts to these new hormone levels.

Here are 10 pregnancy signs:

1. Light Spotting - if you have conceived, spotting can happen when implantation occurs before your menstrual period should begin. Pregnancy bleeding from implantation is pinkish or brownish and not heavy. A normal menstrual flow should begin light, become heavy, then taper off again before ending.

2. More Frequent Urination - urinating more often is one of the very early signs of pregnancy. Many women experience more frequent urination even before a missed period, usually from about 7-12 days after the temperature rise at ovulation. The changes in hormone levels produced by implantation of the embryo, especially the hormone "human chorionic gonadotropin" (hCG), cause more frequent urination.

3. Elevated Body Temperature - it's normal to have an increase in body temperature at ovulation. Your basal body temperature staying elevated after ovulation is completed and remaining elevated through when your period should begin can be one of the very early signs of pregnancy.

4. Missing a Menstrual Period - a missed period is one of the obvious 10 pregnancy signs. However, you can miss a period for other reasons including illness, stress, hormone imbalance and reactions to foods or medications. If your menstrual cycle normally occurs very regularly, missing a period can be a sign.

5. Fatigue - lack of energy as one of the very early signs of pregnancy may be hard to distinguish from other kinds of exhaustion. Feeling tired is related to the change in hormones in the body, which usually disappears as the body adjusts to the new hormone levels.

6. Cramping - the uterus can contract often and regularly. Moving around, exercise and orgasm all can trigger uterine cramping in early pregnancy.

7. Nausea - morning sickness is the name given to feeling nauseated when pregnant. Of the 10 pregnancy signs, only about half of pregnant women experience nausea, and feeling nauseated can happen any time of the day or night.

8. Tender Nipples and Breasts - one of the very early signs of pregnancy is a feeling of tenderness in the breasts and nipples. The good news is that these feelings of tenderness go away as the body becomes accustomed to the new hormone levels.

9. Darker Areolas - the area around the nipples becomes darker as early as one week after conception. The bumps on the areolas may look more prominent.

10. Constipation - you may notice a change in your bowels in early pregnancy. The intestines may relax and function less due to changing hormones and be one of the 10 pregnancy signs.

Once the very early signs of pregnancy are experienced, confirm pregnancy by using one of the better home pregnancy tests. There are major differences in the reliability of the home tests for pregnancy. A blood pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 8 to 10 days after conception, and a urine pregnancy test can be accurate as early as 10 to 14 days following conception. Pregnancy tests are not 100% accurate. If you feel you are pregnant but your pregnancy test result is negative, do the test again in a week or so and see your physician.

Remember to take good care of your body even before you become pregnant. Give up smoking and alcohol, eat healthy and begin exercising. Those first few weeks and your health are vitally important to help support healthy development of your new baby. Becoming pregnant and enjoying a successful pregnancy is a complex but wonderful experience. Besides knowing the 10 pregnancy signs, learn as much as you can about fertility, pregnancy and your health so your new baby will have the very best beginning to life that is possible.

Olinda Rola
21 Apr 2007

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How To Deal With Separation Anxiety?

Separation anxiety is part of child development. Most children will experience it at some point in their lives. It usually happens when a child is about 10 to 18 months of age and it is usually characterised by the child's difficulty in tolerating separation from his mother or attachment figure.

For some children, they may experience separation anxiety later. By the end of the third year of life, most children should be able to accept the temporary absence of their mother and be comforted by others.

However, some children may experience excessive anxiety about separation from their parents or attachment figures, and these reactions are extreme and beyond what would be expected for the child's developmental age. These symptoms may also be evident in familiar environments.

Separation anxiety in children may manifest in symptoms such as clinging, crying, chest pains, refusal to go to school, headaches, stomach aches or throwing up at times of separation. Often, the child is worried or anxious about schoolwork, bullying at school or that something may happen to his parent when he is at school. Sometimes family problems such as death in the family, birth of a sibling, arguments at home, divorce and illness in the family can also trigger separation anxiety in children.

If your child is having some anxities about school, it is important for parents to support the child through these periods. Below are some suggestions:

- Help them become familiar with new surroundings and people before leaving her there alone.
- Engage in morning and bedtime routines such as brushing teeth, drinking a glass of milk, changing into their pyjamas.
- Allow them to bring a soft toy to represent closeness with parents.
- When leaving them in school, give them a quick hug or kiss, and say goodbye calmly and cheerfully.
- Do not delay your departure or come back several times to ally their anxiety.
- Do not scold them.
- Do not use bribes to stop them them from crying and whining.
- Limit watching scary television programmes.
- Focus on positive things that happen in school.. Do not talk about their fears if if they do not bring them up.
- If they stay at home for the day, do not make the day an extra fun and enjoyable. Try not to let them miss school as this may develop into other problems such as school refusal, or worsen the anxiety.

If the rpoblem persists, you may wish to take your child to be examined by a paediatrician. This is to rule out any medical problem before your child sees a child psychologists.

Frances Yeo
27 Apr 2007

Ms. France Yeo, senior psychologist, Psychology Service, KK Women's and Children Hospital, Singapore