Whether you are now 18 or 36 years, provided you’re below the age of menopause, it’s important you start learning how to get pregnant.
In the traditional African society, getting pregnant is a joy for the mother and family members. Here are seven questions that will guide you before pregnancy, and very early into conception.
1. †What are the benefits of getting pregnant?
- Apart from the joy of being a mother, pregnancy can decrease your risk of an ovarian and endometrial (uterine) cancer. Every month, your ovaries go through a process where cells divide (cell divisions can make you susceptible to cancer); but during Pregnancy and time of breastfeeding, your ovaries get a break.
- Less painful periods: If you’ve experienced a bad menstrual cramp before pregnancy, these symptoms will subside after giving birth.
- You may get your first orgasm: A lot of women before pregnancy may not have reached the height of sexual pleasure. During pregnancy, after the first three months, your body pushes more blood to the vagina and cervix making it easy to experience orgasm for the first time. If you’ve already been having an orgasm, you will experience much more.
2. †I want to get pregnant, what’s the first thing to do?
- Do away with birth control pill: – Stop your birth control months before you plan to get pregnant. This gives you bit of time to see and calculate your menstrual cycle so you can figure out your ovulation period (period when you are most fertile)
- Limit caffeine: Some experts recommend stopping caffeine entirely, especially in the first trimester. (as it has been associated with a miscarriage early in pregnancy)
- Set up a fund: – You would have to start stocking money for baby stuff eventually. It is necessary to map out a fund source before thinking of getting pregnant.
- Take prenatal supplements: Any woman thinking of getting pregnant in the next three months ñ six months should start taking a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid which are packed with other nutrients for a healthy pregnancy like iron to prevent anemia and calcium for strong bones.
- Pay your doctor a visit: Many experts recommend booking for a pre-pregnancy checkup at your ob-gyn at least three months before conception. It is essential you get tested/checked for STDS and heart diseases to be sure you are out of danger.
3. †If I’m Pregnant, what signs will I get?
Most women donít get pregnancy signs until after their periods are missed and the hormone increases to level that their body is not used to.
A few women will get pregnancy symptoms earlier than five to six weeks of pregnancy. This is common in women that have already had a baby with their body are more sensitive to pregnancy hormones. Also, these women are more experienced than first-time moms and can tell a pregnancy sign very early if they feel one.
On the other hand, if you are just starting out, your pregnancy symptoms may be weird as you may easily confuse pregnancy signs. Signs to look out for during pregnancy are
- Food aversions: It is not uncommon to feel repelled by the smell of certain aromas for those that are newly pregnant. You may also find that certain food you used to enjoy suddenly completely repulsive to you.
- Mood swings: It is common to have mood swing during pregnancy, partly because of hormonal changes that affect neurotransmitters (chemical messenger in the brain). Everyone responds differently to these changes, so don’t panic.
- Frequent urination: You will notice that your bladder gets fill more quickly due to hormonal changes that boost blood flow to your kidneys, therefore, causing you to pee more often
- Fatigue: Feeling extremely tired and also morning sickness is inevitable during pregnancy.
- Sore breasts:†Swollen breast is one common symptom of pregnancy caused by rising levels of hormones. Breast is often times sore and swells more than that you feel before your period.
- Nausea:†For some women, they experience early nausea and feel very unwell in the morning.
- Abdominal bloating:†Due to the change in hormone in early pregnancy, you may now feel big tummy with pain and tightness.
- Light bleeding or spotting:†If†you notice light spotting around the time your period is due, it could be implantation bleeding. During the first trimester, this may be your first pregnancy sign. So watch out and be observant.†This infographic explains more.
- High basal body temperature: If you have been charting your basal body temperature and you see that your temperature has stayed elevated for more than two weeks youíre probably pregnant.
- A missed period: If your period doesnít arrive on time, and goes missing for weeks, check to confirm if you are pregnant
- Back pain during pregnancy: If you now feel mild back cramps with implantation bleeding, it could be pregnancy. take a test to confirm.
These symptoms will differ in women. Some early pregnancy symptoms may show up around the time youíve missed a period, or a week or two later. About 60 percent of women have early pregnancy symptoms by the time they are 6 weeks, 90 percent have them by the time they are 8 weeks.
4. †Are there any complications in pregnancy I should expect?
- Reduced blood flow can show the growth of the fetus and place the mother at greater risk of preterm labor
- Women who have high blood pressure before they get pregnant will continue to have a monitor and control it with medication throughout Pregnancy.
- Miscarriage: this is the loss of Pregnancy in the first 20 weeks. They are believed to be caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg that keeps the embryo from developing.
- Gestational diabetes: – it is important for a Pregnant woman to get glucose screening between 24 and 28 weeks. This diabetes can have serious consequence on the baby. For mothers with gestational diabetes, there are chances of developing type 2 diabetes in the future though this risk can be significantly reduced by maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.
- Ectopic Pregnancy: – when a fertilized egg implant outside the uterus, itís an ectopic Pregnancy. They are often called tubal Pregnancy because the vast majority of the ectopic Pregnancy occurs in a fallopian tube. It is important to catch this type of Pregnancy early because the growing embryo could rupture your fallopian tube and cause internal bleeding.
5. †How soon can I tell if I’m pregnant?
Don’t panic if you are not testing positive when you get symptoms that are strange. It takes some time for some women to even start having symptoms. Generally, by 8 weeks most women will already know they are pregnant.
Then again, symptoms could appear early in some women, even before missing their period.
6. Is it possible to ovulate while I’m pregnant?
No. You can not ovulate while you are pregnant. Ovulation is an act of your body releasing an egg. During the menstrual cycle, your period stops because you need that uterine lining to provide a good environment for your baby.
7. Will I get my usual period during pregnancy?
You canít have your menstrual period while youíre pregnant. Some women do have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy that seems like regular period to them.
If you are pregnant and have bleeding don’t hesitate to inform your doctor.