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Pregnancy news prompts criticism P2
Are You Pregnant?
The Human Body
The Uterus, nature's incubator P4
Nutrition and Diet
Eating for two, is it a myth? P5
Workout Tips and Tactics
• Fit Mommas to Be
• Prenatal Yoga
Quote of the Day:
Greetings all, and welcome to our Pregnancy issue
of Health and Fitness.
Inside, you will find information on everything from
diet to exercise and even a little something on birthing
methods for the curious mommies to be that are look-
ing for options.
Hope you enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you
again in future.
Until next issue, take care, dear readers.
Halcian N. Pierre
Health and Fitness
Your aunt calls you to say she's been
having reccurring dreams of fish and fruit.
You keep wondering why she's telling you
this, not dismissing the fact that you've
been a little upset and feeling for salty
snacks here and there...
Whether you are or not, you shouldn't
rely on dreams and cravings alone, as there
are more common signs of pregnancy to
actually alert you that you may be expect-
ing.According to Anna Maynard, Co-ordinator
Training & Quality of Care at the Family
Planning Association of Trinidad & Tobago,
early pregnancy signs vary from woman to
woman and from pregnancy to pregnancy.
The most common sign is a missed period
but very early pregnancy signs that are
noticeable within the first weeks of preg-
• Spotting (which may be implantation
• Mild pregnancy cramps. This is often
believed to be a symptom of the period
coming by women who experience them.
• Tender or swollen breasts which some
women experience with their periods
• A white vaginal discharge which is clear
and odourless and which sometimes
continues throughout pregnancy.
• Nausea which can be aggravated by
odours from such things as food, chemi-
cals, perfumes or household cleaners.
The nausea may or may not be accom-
panied by vomiting.
• Frequent Urination which may occur
mainly at night.
• Feeling tired often and wanting to sleep
Let us make pregnancy an occasion
when we appreciate our female
more than usual.
• Craving for certain types of foods or
having an aversion to others.
• The woman may have mood swings
and be unusually sensitive or irrita-
ble at times.
• Dizziness or feeling faint.
• Being constipated.
HOW LONG AFTER A MISSED
PERIOD YOU TAKE A TEST OR
VISIT THE DOCTOR?
Once a woman is accustomed to
having regular menstrual periods, is
sexually active and has been having
unprotected sex, she should suspect
pregnancy if her period has not arrived
on the expected date. However, it is
possible that by the time the period is
missed the woman may be already be
about two weeks pregnant.
Once a period is missed a pregnancy
test can be done. There are many types
of pregnancy tests; some detect preg-
nancy a day or two after a missed peri-
od and others require the test to be
performed two weeks after the missed
The woman should seek medical
advice by either visiting a family plan-
ning clinic or her doctor as soon as she
has missed her period. Usually, a preg-
nancy test should always be followed
by a doctor's examination.
There are many home pregnancy
tests on the market today which vary
in price and accuracy. Some are very
good, and some may give either false
negative or false positive results
depending on when they are done. The
woman should follow the directions
accurately and have the result con-
firmed by a doctor's examination after-
wards. The Family Planning Association
presently uses the One step test. There
are several others on the market that
detect pregnancy once the period has
been missed for more than a week or
two. The woman by that time may
have one or more symptoms or signs
mentioned in the previous question and
may suspect she is pregnant.
WHAT TO DO IF TESTS GIVE
Visit the doctor or family planning
clinic and have an internal examination
to verify a pregnancy. All pregnancy
tests should be followed by an internal
IF A TEST IS POSITIVE
If a Home Pregnancy test has been
done you should visit a doctor to con-
firm if the test is accurate and to
receive appropriate advice. If the test
has been performed at a Family
Planning Clinic, counselling will be
offered to the woman. If the woman is
satisfied with the result, she is usually
referred to her doctor or local health
centre where she will need to receive
If however, the pregnancy is
unplanned she will receive counselling
and be referred to her doctor for fur-
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