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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, October 09, 2007 | 0 comments


A normal couple (of any age) has a 25% chance of conceiving a baby every month.

There is only a 5 - 7 days window in which intercourse is most likely to result in pregnancy.

Some women are said to have claimed to be able to feel the egg being released.

About 80% of healthy couples are able to achieve pregnancy, within a year of cohabitation.

Folic acid is very important in preventing brain and spinal cord defects. Lack of folic acid may result in severe birth defects.

Soaking in a hot tub could hurt the unborn baby in the first trimester of pregnancy. Research has shown that high heat either from a fever, a hot bath or a hot tub during the first 3 months of pregnancy may cause birth defects.

Pregnant women should not clean a cat litter box. Cat litter may contain a parasite that can spread a disease called toxoplasmosis.Toxoplasmosis can cause birth defects like blindness and brain damage.

Cat litter is otherwise harmless, and does not affect children or adults.

Eating raw or undercooked red meat or handling dirt containing cat feces can also lead to toxoplasmosis.

An average woman gains 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy.

An overweight woman stands to gain 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.

An underweight lady may gain 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy (depending on her pre-pregnancy).

If you have a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets or more): see your health care provider. The weight gain will be greater in case of twins or multiples.

Calcium is vital for the smooth functioning of the body. Steady levels of calcium are needed in the blood. The body takes calcium from the bones if there is a lack of calcium in the diet. Over a period of time this leads to the weakening of the bones and subsequent osteoporosis.

The low lying placenta that covers part or all of the inner opening of the cervix is called as 'Placenta previa'. This might cause maternal hemorrhage before or during labor.

The delivery of the baby through a surgical incision in the abdomen and uterus is called a cesarean section, or c-section. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has reported that one out of every fourth baby is delivered by a cesarean section.

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced condition. It is hypertension (high blood pressure), usually accompanied by proteinuria. It can prove a serious medical concern for both mother and child.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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