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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...
A few weeks ago in a telephone conversation with my mom, she mentioned that one of my sisters had been having some problems with her stomach for the last month or so. Being concerned, I called my sister directly to talk to her about what was going on.
"I don't know," she said. I'm eating a healthy diet, but for the last month or so I've had a lot of diarrhea and even some vomiting. And my stomach hurts so much after I eat that I just don't want to eat anymore."
"What are you eating?" I asked.
"You know, healthy stuff. Fruits and vegetables and high fiber bread."
I explained to her that a healthy diet isn't healthy if it's making you sick. And if it's making you sick then you have to do something to figure out what is causing the symptoms. First, change what you're eating so that you can eat and get some nourishment into your body. And second, make an appointment with a gastroenterologist to discuss the problems.
"It's especially important to see a GI...
The plan was simple and well thought out by my three doctors. My pregnancy was considered high-risk because of my history of stroke . So, for around eight months, my OB, my high-risk OB and my neurologist closely monitored me. It was only fitting to have this dream team of sorts plan out the birth. They decided to have me go into the hospital three weeks early. Apparently, the longer my daughter is inside my body the more dangerous it is for her and me. So at 36 weeks of pregnancy, I would go into the hospital and prepare for her birth. The birthing plan involved being induced, but not before sitting in a hospital room for two days hooked up to an IV. During my pregnancy, I was injecting 40 milligrams of Lovenox into my belly twice a day. The blood thinner was safer for my baby during pregnancy, but during birth, my doctors thought it would best to be off it. So, for two days, I would go off my Lovenox and be put on Heparin , another blood thinner. But this would be a...
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