While every woman and every pregnancy is different, ensuring you have good antenatal care can protect you and your growing baby as you embark on this journey. Good nutrition, regular exercise and enough rest can help you to get through some of the discomforts that often accompany pregnancy. Looking out for the signs of a healthy pregnancy will be on the agenda when you visit your general practitioners for antenatal care. Let’s take a closer look at what the signs of a healthy pregnancy are, and when you should contact your healthcare practitioner.
The Early Signs Of Pregnancy
The most accurate way to confirm a healthy pregnancy is through a pregnancy test but some women may experience other signs and symptoms:
A Missed Period
For the majority of women, a missed period is usually the first sign they have conceived, but some women may still experience light bleeding or spotting even though fertilisation has taken place.
Breast Swelling And Tenderness
Other women may notice breast changes first. Your breasts may feel swollen and tender. You might also experience darkening of your nipples early on.
Morning Sickness And Nausea
Many women experience nausea or morning sickness in the first trimester of their pregnancy.
Other women may not experience it at all or may experience it throughout their pregnancy.
The increase in pregnancy hormones, specifically HCG, is believed to be the reason for feeling sick. Morning sickness is often one of the signs of a healthy pregnancy.
What Are The Signs Of A Healthy Pregnancy?
Each time you visit your general practitioners for antenatal care you and your developing baby will have a check-up. When you go for your first ultrasound scan your healthcare practitioner will give you an estimated due date for delivery. Your healthcare practitioner will check that the foetus’ anatomical development is normal, that the placenta is in a safe position and that you do not have an ectopic pregnancy. It is vital that the placenta (and uterus) is strong and healthy to support the development of your baby. In later scans your healthcare provider will also check the condition of your placenta, to ensure it is healthy and can look after your baby until full term.
When you return for follow-up consultations, your general practitioners will check that your foetus is growing and developing according to the milestones associated with your due date. Very often a healthy mother can have a healthy pregnancy. A healthy foetus grows at a fairly consistent rate throughout pregnancy. This growth will be visible in any scans you may have but will also be reflected in the growth of your belly through each trimester.
Your healthcare provider will take your blood pressure and check your glucose levels at each antenatal visit, to check for early signs of preeclampsia.
Once your foetus starts growing bigger you should be able to feel his or her movements and get used to the cycle. Some babies are more active during the day while others keep their mothers awake at night.
To find out more about the signs of a healthy pregnancy please contact us for an appointment: (07) 5613 1531.