One of the indispensable factors of successful pregnancies and deliveries is prenatal care. It is in fact one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your baby during your pregnancy to insure his or her health and his growth.
Once you decide to be pregnant it becomes important for you to know your “fertile window” which is actually the period of time when you are most susceptible of becoming pregnant. Luckily, there exists now an interactive tool which estimates your peak fertility period. To be able to determine your peak fertility period, this interactive tool will calculate the day you are most likely to ovulate by using the date of your last menstrual period and your menstrual cycle’s usual length.
Normally, the chances of a woman getting pregnant is 5 out of 30 days every month, wherein which ovulation takes place. On the average, a woman’s ovulation period occurs for 12 to 16 days before the menstrual period starts. The key to being pregnant is determining when that ovulation happens. Considering that a sperm can exits for three to five days in a woman’s reproductive tract, a woman could get pregnant then if intercourse happens a couple of days before ovulation. An important reminder though, this tool should not be used in preventing pregnancy.
A woman’s menstrual cycle starts with the first day your period begins and ends the day before your next period commences. If you are not familiar as the number of days you have in your menstrual cycle, you can use the figure 28 days as base, which is in itself the average length of a menstrual cycle. But should you want to determine the exact number of days in your cycle, you can do so by checking the calendar and tracking it down. Remember that in reality, the length of menstrual cycles may differ from a woman to another.
Furthermore, while women usually ovulate at the 15th day, it is just as normal that a woman may ovulate well before that or after that, hence this calculator is meant only for getting an approximation or an estimate.
Once you have found out that you and your partner were able to conceive, the first thing you should do is schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she will then inform you about the proper ways of caring for your body and your baby.
Known as prenatal care, safety measures for pregnant women can be in the form of regular appointments with your doctor from the start and throughout your period of pregnancy.
You can also practice this by undergoing constant laboratory testing for potential problems with developing babies and pregnant women should some or certain symptoms appear. Similarly, you can also employ prenatal care by monitoring for abnormal changes in blood pressure, blood chemistry, urine chemistry and your weight.
It would not hurt as well to allow yourself to have plenty of exercise. However, you have to get your doctor’s approval first.
Healthy eating and ingesting proper vitamins and nutrients are also essential for you and your baby.
But most of all, pre-natal care also entails the giving up of some bad habits, such that of smoking, drinking alcohol and the use of street drugs.
It is also vital that you immediately alert you doctor if anything unusual occurs during your pregnancy like some instances as when, the baby’s movement is greatly reduced or if it stops altogether. Also, when you experience vaginal bleeding or cramping, you should not neglect to contact your doctor as soon as possible or to get yourself safely to the hospital. The same could be done should you feel swellings of the hands and face, coupled by persistent headaches, leaking amniotic fluid from the vagina or if you develop pain in the abdomen.
Fortunately, the advances in medical science have evolved for pregnant women. Improved technologies and more accurate prenatal tests are now available to make it possible to spot complications in the soonest possible time which would allow parents to take appropriate action in time and further guarantee the safety of the fetus as well as the mother during the period of pregnancy.
Chiropractic Adjustments as Pre-Natal Care
While not many soon-to-be moms are open to the idea of engaging in chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, it is good to know that chiropractic can actually help a pregnant woman cope with the many changes in her body. For one, chiropractic adjustment can help with pelvic balance and alignment, making the delivery of the baby easier and smoother. It also relieves body pains at the back and neck, and reduces symptoms of nausea. Most importantly, chiropractic care improves the chances of a normal delivery and reduces labor pain and time.
With a balanced pelvis brought by chiropractic care, babies have a higher chance of positioning correctly for birth, and eliminating the possibility of breech or posterior presentations. Thus, if you want a smooth, convenient child delivery, you should include chiropractic adjustments as part of your pre-natal care list.