What Is an Intrauterine Pregnancy?

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An intrauterine pregnancy is defined medically as a pregnancy that takes place within the uterus. In others words: a normal pregnancy. Pregnancy is a special and amazing time filled with joy and countless worries and wonders, however, knowing a bit about what to expect can do much to diminish some of the worry.

Duration

From conception to birth, a typical intrauterine pregnancy is broken into three parts, or trimesters, and averages 40 weeks. However, anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks is considered normal.

Development

From about 12 weeks gestation, fetal structures are fully formed, needing only healthy maturation of the intrauterine pregnancy so that the baby can continue to grow and develop.

Heartbeat

With the use of a Doppler, a listening device that amplifies sound, the fetal heartbeat may be heard at or around 12 weeks gestation of an uncomplicated intrauterine pregnancy. This simple sound can be very reassuring for a mother-to-be.

Benefits

A normal intrauterine pregnancy has several benefits for the mother-to-be and may include relief from allergies and asthma, cancer protection, alleviated endometriosis and relief from migraine headaches later in the pregnancy.

Warning Signs

During an intrauterine pregnancy, many things are experienced, however, some common, possible serious symptoms to be aware of and to discuss with a health care provider include, vaginal bleeding, loss of vaginal fluid, a change in fetal movement or severe abdominal pain.

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