You should aim to commence antenatal care around the 11th to the 13th week of pregnancy. At this point, the growing baby is well-developed to allow a detailed assessment of normality. Virtually every organ is formed by this point, allowing some developmental or genetic abnormalities to be detected this early. This is also the best time to accurately date your pregnancy, giving you the estimated date of delivery, usually abbreviated as EDD.
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Women are encouraged to start getting Pap smears at the age of 21 or within 3 years of becoming sexually active. Pap smears are used to find any abnormal cells in the cervix, thereby increasing chances for early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
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Advances in assisted conception have enabled preservation of fertility for various reasons. You can literary maintain your fertility potential way beyond the limits of natural conception.
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How common is infertility? Difficulty in conceiving is common, experienced by one in every six couples. This frequency increases with age, especially after the age of 35.
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There is no doubt that pregnancy can be stressful in many ways. There is initial excitement when a desired pregnancy becomes a reality. But as pregnancy advances, many changes occur in your body. Some changes are undesirable; like poor sleeping patterns, easy exhaustion, and pelvic discomfort among others. Most of such symptoms are luckily of an innocent nature. But it can all get too much, hence the wish to get it all over and done with when you get too overwhelmed.
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