Hormones/Maternity Record

Dec 01, 2010 No Comments by

Hormones play an important part during pregnancy and labour. The prime source of the hormones related to pregnancy are the ovaries during the early stages, and than the  placenta once it is established at around 12 weeks. These hormones dictate how fast the fetus grows and are responsible  for the changes in your breasts and body. They also ensure that your labour occurs at the right time.

High levels of the hormones called human chorionic gonadotrophin  (HCG) circulate in your body during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. They are responsible for any emotional changes, feeling tired, nausea, and vomiting.

Hormones And Your Emotions

Pregnancy can produce a number of conflicting emotions, ranging from feelings of pure joy to bouts of black depression. It is quite natural to feel like this as you adjust to your changing role and come to terms with the fact that your life will never be quite  the same again. You may find that you start worrying about whether you are ready for motherhood, or the effect that a new baby may have on your established relationship with your partner.

You may also find that mood swings, often brought on by the hormonal changes going on in your body, cause petty arguments  between you. So it most important to make  time to talk  to each other so that you can both voice your feelings and share any worries or anxieties.

Maternity Record

You will be given your maternity record card at your booking -in-clinic. It is used to record the results of all the tests and examinations that are carried out during your pregnancy. You should keep it  with you at all times, so that if you ever need medical attention  when you are away from home all the information about your pregnancy is readily available to the medical staff.


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