My 4 Favorite Pregnancy Tracker Apps

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The days have crept by since you first received your positive pregnancy test. You’re waiting anxiously for your first prenatal doctor visit. You’re biting your nails in anticipation to hear the sound of your tiny beans heart beat and you cant wait to see the little sprout in your first ultrasound. What can you do to pass the time, and see how your little one is developing?

For starters, you can download a pregnancy tracker!

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Finding Prenatal Care

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Finding Prenatal Care

Did you know, that when you become pregnant, you will visit your doctor about 15 times in a 9 month span. That doesn’t include the birth of the child or any other emergency type visits that may occur in between. That’s 15 pre-natal visits from 4 weeks to 40 weeks and any extra time after if you have a late bloomer. You are going to spend a lot of time with the doctor, and/or health center who/that will be delivering your baby, so your are going to want to like them/it. That is why it is important to do a little research once you find out that you are pregnant. 

If you have had a lady-parts doctor that you love and adore, you should still take some time to get familiar with their maternal care, and discuss your delivery plan with them. 

Even if you have already had your first pre-natal visit, you can still search around for a different pre-natal plan.

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First Prenatal Doctor Visit

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First Prenatal Doctor Visit

You have just come down from your emotional roller coaster – thrill ride after discovering that you are building a little human deep inside you. Your partner and you are shrieking, jumping up and down. You’re going to be parents! Congratulations to the both of you. What a beautiful beginning. Now, it’s time to call your doctor and set up your first prenatal visit.

As soon as you receive the positive on that pregnancy test, call your OB-GYN to set up an appointment. Even if you think you’re going to research different health care options, it’s still important to get the initial appointment set up right away.

When you call, your appointment  will be set up from 6 to 8 weeks after your last period. This is a good time to ask any questions you would like to know in the mean time or if you have a concern about the pregnancy – to see if you can get in earlier. 

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Congratulations, You’re Pregnant! Now What?

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You’re staring at the little pink lines on the pregnancy test – it’s positive. Holy hell! You are overcome with emotion. Happiness, fear, excitement, concern, worry, doubt, panic, anticipation, gratitude, hope, enthusiasm, and so much more. There is no perfect word that could ever fully explain the very moment when our life is about to change dramatically. There is no other feeling in the world then finding out that you are about to embark on a very important journey ; parenthood. Congratulations, you are pregnant.

Now What?

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Early Signs Of Pregnancy

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If you are currently trying to get pregnant, then you may be spending a lot of your time staring at the calendar, waiting for that magic day to arrive. There is a good chance you did a deep dive into the malfunctions of the female body so you can imagine the process taking place as the days creep by. You now consider yourself an expert of the baby making process. So, you wait anxiously as the day’s get closer and closer to the end of your cycle.

A most common sign that you may be pregnant is a missed period. Yet, some symptoms of early pregnancy can be detected right before or around the time you miss your period. These signs can occur as early as 2-4 weeks after conception.

So how can you tell if you may be pregnant? Here are some signs of early Pregnancy:

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Signs of Early Pregnancy

Bloating / Gas / Constipation

When you become pregnant, your progesterone levels increase. This can cause your body to pass food much slower than usual, which can bring on constipation. Rapid and increased hormonal changes in your body can also cause bloating and gas.

Spotting

Slight bleeding can occur from implantation bleeding. Implantation occurs when the fertilized egg attaches, or implants, to the wall of your uterus. The bleeding could either be spotting or very mild, and can occur before you are supposed to get your period, which is about 10 to 14 days after conception. Light cramping that feels almost like period cramps could also occur. However, only 3% of pregnant woman have stated this as their first sign of pregnancy.

Headaches / Dizziness / Fatigue

In the early stages of pregnancy, you may experience lower blood sugar, or blood pressure which can cause headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Increased blood flow can also bring on these symptoms, as well as high progesterone levels.

Nausea

Some pregnant women can experience morning sickness as early as 2 weeks after conception. They can also experience food craving and aversions. A heightened sense of smell to odors may cause women to become nauseous. It could also stem from a rapid increase in estrogen which causes your stomach to empty food slower than normal. Morning sickness could occur during any time of the day and could cause vomiting.

Swollen Breasts

High levels of hormones could cause your breasts to swell or feel tingly, sore, or tender. They could feel fuller or heavier than normal.

Mood Swings

The rapid and large increase in hormones can cause your mood to alter significantly. Moods can vary and differ with each woman. If you struggle with a mental illness, and are struggling to manage your mood swings, seek help from your doctor.
Most importantly, if you believe you may be pregnant visit your doctor.

For more information on early signs of pregnancy, check out these sites:

www.kidspot.com

www.americanpregnancy.org

www.mayoclinic.org


 

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Ovulation Tracking With Basal Temperature

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You have decided to become a mother. Congratulations on making the biggest decision ever. You want to build and grow a human, then give birth to your greatest challenge yet. Parenting isn’t easy, and for many women, neither is getting pregnant. It may be an easy process or it could be a difficult one. So where do you begin.?

For starters, you should visit your doctor and get a preconception check up to see if your body is ready for pregnancy.

Then, you should prepare your baby’s future living quarters for a healthy and nutritious living space. It’s also a great time to get to know your body and how it works.

If you are currently trying to get pregnant, tracking your ovulation could be a great start. There are different ways you can do that.

You could track your ovulation with an ovulation tester. These can pinpoint your exact ovulation period, and even the day of ovulation.

You could utilize your discharge to track when you are most fertile.

Another way to track your ovulation is by charting your basal body temperature.

What is a Basal Temperature

A basal body temperature is the temperature you have when your body is at rest. This means right when you wake up, after your body has been motionless for a few hours.

How Does Your Basal Temperature Detect Your Ovulation

Your temperature can be effected by a number of things: whether you’ve consumed alcohol, when you are ill, when you are stressed, and when you are not sleeping well.

The hormone change within your body can also affect your temperature. Throughout your cycle, your temperature fluctuates. In the beginning of your cycle, it is low, or more towards your average temperature. When you ovulate, your temperature will spike a few degrees. Your temperature may also drop significantly right before you are about to ovulate.

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How To Track Basal Body Temperature.

You can track your temperature with a Basal Thermometer. A Basal thermometer looks just like a regular digital thermometer but is more accurate in reading your temperature.

Use a chart to record your temperature throughout your cycle. Your cycle begins the first day of your period. Track from this day until your next period. Check your temperature each morning before you get out of bed and then record it on a Basal Body Temperature Chart.

Here is an example of a charted basal body temperature:

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Tracking your basal body temperature may also detect early pregnancy. Normally, when you are about to get your period, or when your cycle is supposed to end, your temperature will drop right before your period arrives. If you are pregnant, your temperature may rise at the end of your cycle.

Let’s look at the same chart with a possible pregnancy temperature increase:

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My Ovulation Chart

If you are interested in tracking your own temperature, check our this free My Ovulation Chart Printable.

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You can track your ovulation cycle and add any key information. For example, if you got sick, what days you may have ovulated, what days you had your period, and any other information you feel like adding.

Feel free to print this out for your self. Make a few copies, as you should track your basal body temperature for a few months before determining your cycle.

Tacking:
• Take your temperature with your Basal Thermometer
• Record the temperature in the chart.
• Do this for a few months to determine the pattern of ovulation.

Example
Here is an example of how I tracked my ovulation:

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For more information on tracking your Basal Body Temperature, check out the following:

Basal Charting

What’s The Temperature Method

Track Ovulation


 

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