Any couple looking for a baby knows how nerve-wracking the two-week wait between ovulation and the days when your period should occur (and therefore you can take a pregnancy test).
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Here are all the things that can happen and need to be done during this second "stressful" period Helen Kim, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of theIn Vitro Fertilization Program (In Vitro Fertilization Program) at the University of Chicago, which gave an interview to Fitpregnancy.com magazine.
PMS and early pregnancy signs have nearly identical symptoms. The reason? You produce more progesterone the week after ovulation, regardless of whether you are pregnant or not. Progesterone is the hormone responsible for many PMS symptoms, including swelling, breast tenderness, and mood swings.
If you are not pregnant, you will finish releasing the hormone about 10 days after ovulation. Virtually as the symptoms subside, the uterine lining thins and you have your period. If, on the other hand, there is a pregnancy, you will continue to produce progesterone (experiencing symptoms similar to PMS). "The difference between PMS and early pregnancy is very subtle," said Dr. Kim.
Il "implantation" bleeding, which occurs in about 30% of pregnancies, can be confused with the menstrual cycle. It usually happens when you are expecting your period (or a few days before), when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus.
Like menstruation, it causes bleeding and mild cramps, but there are some differences: "Typical implantation bleeding tends to be lighter and shorter than a cycle," said Dr. Kim.
It is also likely that it is light brown or blackinstead of red. But if implantation bleeding doesn't occur, don't worry. It is possible to get pregnant and have a healthy pregnancy even without it occurring.
While there is a 15-25% chance of getting pregnant each month (depending on age), it is still important lead a healthy lifestyle until you are sure you are expecting a baby.
Avoid alcohol, limit yourself to one or two cups of coffee a day, do not eat raw or undercooked seafood, as well as meat, poultry and eggs. "Act just as if you were pregnant - you really could be," says the doctor.
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"If you normally engage in moderate-intensity physical activity, keep it up," Kim said. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, and stress affects fertility.
However, the doctor warns that looking for a child is not the best time to adopt a new or more intense training program, which can put stress on the nervous system. Additionally, activities that significantly increase body temperature could affect the implantation process and should therefore be avoided.
If your period comes earlier than 14 days after ovulation, it could mean that something is affecting your ability to get pregnant. This could be a condition called "luteal phase defect ".
"This means that the body is not producing adequate levels of progesterone to maintain a pregnancy," Kim clarified. Your doctor may prescribe taking extra progesterone after ovulation to lengthen the luteal phase.
Try to hire folic acid every day and even before the "two week wait".
Folic acid helps prevent baby neural tube defects. The fetus's "neural tube" becomes the baby's brain and spinal cord and develops during the first 4 weeks of pregnancy.
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