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The term used to define a condition in which a woman will carry a developing foetus from conception to birth is called pregnancy, which normally lasts around 266 days or 40 weeks.


During pregnancy the foetus normally develops in the organ known as the womb, if however it develops outside of this area, it is known as an ectopic pregnancy and in all but the rarest of cases, will end in the death of the foetus and sometimes the mother.

A urine test is frequently used nowadays to detect early pregnancy. Early signs of pregnancy are normally the absence of periods, followed by other symptoms such as nausea (early morning sickness ), and breast tenderness. During pregnancy it is important to receive routine care to monitor both the healthy growth of the baby and the health of its mother.

Many things can go wrong, but nearly all are treatable or preventable and most women who undertake routine antenatal care benefit enormously from the reassurance and help that they are given. Routine blood pressure checks will be done, blood and urine samples analyzed, ultrasound to image the growth and development of the baby and regular checks on weight gains in the mother, which all help towards a safe delivery of a healthy baby.

It is also possible to test for abnormalities, these tests vary in their form and further advice on these can be got from your doctor or midwife, and they will always be offered to those women at risk especially if there is a family history of problems.

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