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Home pregnancy tests have become commonplace. A woman can find out if she is pregnant within minutes and anytime of the day or night. Some tests boast they can detect a pregnancy the first day of a missed period. But how accurate are these tests? Can you really know if you are pregnant the day you should have gotten your period? Two Types of Pregnancy Tests There are two basic types of pregnancy tests: blood tests and urine tests. Both tests determine pregnancy by detecting the presence of human chonrionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone that is present in a woman only after an embryo attaches itself to the uterine wall. Once this happens, hCG levels rise quickly and continue to rise each day. Blood tests must be completed by a doctor and are typically more accurate than urine tests. Blood tests can normally detect pregnancy as early as six to eight days after ovulation. This is because blood tests can detect a very small amount of hCG. A quantitative blood test will measure th...
This past weekend, the New York Times published an article
by Pamela Paul called “ With Child, With Cancer .” I had to set it aside for several days before
I could bring myself to read it. When I finally did, I was very moved, equally
surprised and left with many unanswered questions.
I did not enjoy being pregnant. I was plagued with constant, low level
nausea, heartburn and crushing fatigue for the duration of my pregnancies. I
was also affected by what I later learned was ante-natal depression (this
lifted almost immediately upon giving birth. My spouse swears that my first
post-partum words were, “I’m so happy not to be pregnant anymore!” He exaggerates only slightly). I also found
myself to be in a constant fog (not unlike the effects of chemotherapy) and
that coherent thought was often just beyond my reach.
During those periods, deciding what to eat for breakfast was
a challenge. I cannot imagine having to deal with the...
Life is all about choices. Some choices are ours to make and others are made for us...
When I was a child I loved my Barbie doll. She was beautiful with long blonde hair, a perfect body and lovely face. My best friend owned a Ken doll (Barbie’s boyfriend). We would often pretend they got married, had children and lived a Utopian life. Barbie had different outfits for every occasion – from dinner parties and sporting events to exotic vacations and PTA meetings. The toy company must have loved (and profited from) little girls like me who insisted on purchasing each outfit sold separately. Barbie and Ken lived happily ever after in Utopiatown where nothing bad ever happened. I spent hours dreaming of how my life would be like theirs.
As I got older my life seemed to mirror this Utopian lifestyle. I graduated from college with honors, was immediately hired for my dream job in publishing, and fell in love with a man ...
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