Women’s Health

Women’s Health (190)

Carrying a twin pregnancy is not an uncommon event. It occurs when the uterus carries two fetuses simultaneously rather than one. Having twins runs in some families, and age appears to be a contributing factor. Women in their late thirties have a higher chance of having twins, usually due to release of more than one egg during the menstrual cycle. But with increasing use of assisted conception, there is a trend towards a disproportionate number of twin pregnancies.

When pregnancy occurs, your body goes through various changes in order to accommodate the growing baby, leading to eventual birth.

Virtually all your body functions make some adjustments. Some changes are hardly noticeable, while other changes will give you all kinds of symptoms.

You are likely to get irritated by some symptoms, but most of them are just innocent and don’t usually require any specific actions.

 

Dear doctor, I am now 22 with really irregular periods. I can sometimes go for up to 3 months without any periods at all! What’s the matter with me?

The irregularity of periods can be distressing, especially when you don’t know why this is occurring. It is not uncommon for periods to be irregular around the time of puberty. This is usually related to a maturing reproductive system. Shortly after that, and at your age of 22, periods should have become regular and predictable.

The most likely cause for the irregularity of your periods is what is referred to as hormonal imbalance. The control of monthly periods is a complex system of well synchronized hormones released from the brain, which in turn signal the ovaries to produce female hormones and release an egg (ovulation). The womb (uterus) responds in a predictable manner in anticipation of a potential pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, uterine shedding occurs as a monthly period, and a new cycle starts.

Unborn babies are constantly in a state of activity whilst inside the womb. Such activity is referred to as fetal movements and starts very early, lasting all the way to the time of birth. Normal fetal movements provide reassurance of a healthily developing baby.

Being aware of your unborn baby’s activity is an important way of monitoring their well-being.

Almost every organ in the female body experiences some changes during pregnancy. Most of such changes are necessary in order to accommodate the developing pregnancy.
Some changes however raise some concerns, not least skin changes that can sometimes be unappealing. Luckily, most of the changes are transient and only last during the pregnancy.

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