Women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, chronic hypertension, kidney diseases and/or family history of preeclampsia are primarily prone to the condition. Other factors include late conception or an interval in pregnancy of more than 10 years.
A study recently conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick inferred that early risers are more likely to conceive as compared to night owls. More than 100 women were studied as part of the research, of which three-quarters of "larks" became pregnant.
Pregnant ladies are encouraged to not be exposed to radiation during this important phase. Lesser the exposure to radiation lower will be the risk of birth defects in a newborn. Foetuses are particularly sensitive to radiation during their early development, between weeks 2 and 18 of pregnancy.
There are many symptoms during pregnancy that may cause damage to the developing child’s brain, which can later lead to cerebral palsy. The disease is considered to be mostly congenital, which makes it all the more important for the mother to be extra cautious.
A lot happens during the first three months. During this trimester, your baby grows faster than at any other time. By six weeks, a heartbeat can usually be heard and by the end of week 12, your baby's bones, muscles and all the organs of the body have formed. At this point, your baby looks like a tiny human being and is now called a foetus.
The accuracy of measurement depends on many factors like the pregnancy month, BMI of the mother, any previous operation, the baby’s position, etc. You need multiple ultrasounds in pregnancy to ensure the baby’s wellbeing and assess the growth and development.