Most over-the-counter pregnancy tests are extremely reliable and can detect a pregnancy within 10 days of conception. A positive pregnancy test is almost certainly a guarantee that conception has occurred since there is very little that can make a pregnancy test positive other than pregnancy. On the other hand, a negative test leaves some wiggle… [Continue Reading]
Once you know you are pregnant, discovering that you are spotting or bleeding can induce a lot of panic that you are experiencing a miscarriage. Be assured that bleeding in early pregnancy does not automatically mean that you are miscarrying! You should call your doctor or clinic. They will probably want you to come in… [Continue Reading]
Once you have discovered you are pregnant, it’s time to call your doctor and schedule an appointment. Your doctor may have you come in for a brief initial visit to do an ultrasound and/or confirm the pregnancy, but for most practices, the ‘big’ first prenatal appointment will be scheduled around 8 or 9 weeks from… [Continue Reading]
Sadly, miscarriages are all-too-common and many women suffer the shock, grief, and disappointment that goes with pregnancy loss. In fact, you might not realize how many people close to you have first-hand experience with it. The great bulk of miscarriages, also known as spontaneous abortions, occur in the early first trimester. Technically, the term ‘miscarriage’… [Continue Reading]
One of the options that expecting parents need to consider is whether or not to bank your newborn’s cord blood. For a fee, you can have your baby’s cord blood processed and stored for potential future use by your child or a family member.
Why is cord blood useful? The umbilical cord blood and placenta are… [Continue Reading]
There are countless ‘tests’ and legends out there to help you find out what gender your baby might be. The following is a guest post describing two entertaining legends/’tests’ that you could try for fun, as well as the method of urine/blood DNA testing. Click for more on determining the gender of your baby, and… [Continue Reading]
Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening carried out at around 16 weeks and although it is routinely offered to every pregnant woman, it is especially recommended for:
Women who conceive over the age of 35
Pregnant women who have a medical history of birth defects
Women suffering from pre-gestational diabetes mellitus
Sampling for the test is done by means… [Continue Reading]
The following is a guest post by Carlo Chapelle from homeDNAdirect .com , a world wide company providing home-based DNA testing services.
Awkward as it may be, establishing paternity can be a much disputed domain.The number of paternity tests carried out each year in the USA runs into several tens of thousands of tests. The… [Continue Reading]
Swelling of the feet and ankles is a common nuisance of pregnancy, striking many pregnant women at some point in the third trimester. Most often, this is a benign symptom that can be added to the list of other pregnancy-induced inconveniences such as back pain, pelvic pressure, blemishes, frequent urination etc. Sometimes the foot and… [Continue Reading]
Making the decision whether or not to bank your baby’s cord blood is an important one. (Click to learn more about WHY you might want to bank cord blood.) If you’ve made a decision to go ahead with this potentially life-saving choice, you must choose the company you trust with this one-time opportunity. There are… [Continue Reading]