Pregnancy occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg after it’s released from the ovary during ovulation. The fertilized egg then travels down into the uterus, where implantation occurs. A successful implantation results in pregnancy. On average, a full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Women who receive an early pregnancy diagnosis and prenatal care are more likely to experience a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.
How do you maintain healthy pregnancy?
Eat healthy foods, take a daily prenatal vitamin, stay hydrated, go to prenatal care checkups, avoid alcohol, don't smoke, exercise
What nutritional advice is recommended for a healthy pregnancy?
- A pregnant woman needs more calcium, folic acid, iron, and protein than a woman who is not expecting. Calcium - used to build a baby's bones and teeth.
- Folic acid - crucial in helping to prevent birth defects in the baby's brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defects.
- Iron - needed to make more blood to supply the baby with oxygen
- Protein - helps to build important organs for the baby, such as the brain and heart.
What causes stretch marks during pregnancy?
Stretch marks are actually tiny tears in the supporting layers of tissue under your skin as it's pulled tight to the limit during pregnancy. Whether or not you get them has a lot to do with genetics. Rapid pregnancy weight gain can also make you more prone to getting stretch marks. And darker-skinned women are less likely to have stretch marks than those who are fair-skinned