Sunday, April 30, 2006

Pregnancy Test - one line or 2 lines?

A lot of pregnancy tests are available in the market these days which are simple and can be done at home before meeting a doctor. Doctors generally recommend a urine test to confirm pregnancy but that can be the second step in your confirmation process. If you have missed your period by a week or 10 days that usually happens like clockwork every month, then it is time to do a pregnancy test. For couples who have been 'trying' earnestly, nothing brings more happiness than seeing 2 faint lines which indicates it is positive and you are pregnant.

One line indicates the test is negative. Physicians generally recommend that the test be done the first thing in thee morning before eating anything. However, there might be variants to this, I'm not sure. The lines are very faint until 45 days. The number of weeks of your pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period. For instance, if your last period fell on Jan 2nd, and today is Feb 20th, then you are 7 weeks pregnant.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Week 5 : Tiredness

I had no hints whatsoever that I was pregnant. On a vacation to Bahrain, we walked over 2 miles and I got so exhuasted that I did not budge out of home the next few days. I was exceptionally quiet, perhaps the first signs of mood swings had started to appear by then...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why I started writing this blog....

Pregnancy is perhaps the most difficult time any woman can be subjected to in a lifetime. When I got pregnant with our first child (although planned) this April, there were more questions than I had answers to as a working woman. It is a unique experience in itself that brings with it all emotions - anxiety, happiness, pain, excitement- all bundled in one in a span of 9 months. Pregnancy is just one part of the story - there are a lot of factors that the to-be-parents have to take care of especially if both of them are working as we did - hence the name “career mom” for this blog. I also present here some tips on what worked for me during this period and what did not. I also talk about my career, on how i gave up my full time job to take on the role of a stay-at-home mom, the reactions from people as i made this decision etc etc.

Disclaimer: The thoughts in this blog are personal and is not influenced by anyone. The pregnancy tips that I present here are what worked for me. I’m not a doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. Before following any of these, please consult your doctor.