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, possibly 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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