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8 weeks pregnant

Attention!

If you are vomiting a lot, contact your caregiver. You run the risk of becoming dehydrated, and may not provide enough fluid and nutrition to the baby. What you do provide may have high levels of waste and body toxins that need to be flushed from your system. If your nausea is extreme, called hypermesis, you may need to be hospitalized, where they will give you IV fluids and medications to rehydrate you and keep you from vomiting.

Get more tips and advice on dealing with morning (and all-day) pregnancy sickness here.


boy or girl pregnant belly

SURVEY SAYS...

We asked P&B readers: Are you going to find out if it's a boy or a girl? Here's what they had to say:

Yes - I want to plan!: 37%
Yes - I'm impatient: 30%
Yes - I think it will help me bond: 11%
No - I definitely want to wait until birth: 9%
I really can't decide!: 8%
No - I like surprises: 5%

Vote in this pregnancy poll right here!


Uncomfortable questions

Once you share your news, expect to hear strange and outright nosy questions from family, friends, co-workers and even complete strangers.

One reader asks our etiquette expert: "Two people have asked me if my pregnancy is planned. I guess it's because my boyfriend and I are not married (although we're very committed to each other). The real truth is that it was a surprise, but a happy surprise. I just lied to the people who asked and told them yes it was planned. Is that the best thing to do?"

The expert answers: "Isn't it funny how some people feel it is their god-given right to know all the facts, especially when it comes to pregnancy? It is absolutely none of anyone's business as to whether a pregnancy is planned or not. Do those nosy individuals expect you to announce your pregnancy to everyone in this way, "Guess what, I am pregnant and in case you were curious, it was totally unplanned, isn't that a hoot!" Of course not, but people are people and indiscretion runs rampant."

To read the rest of this answer, click here!


In the know

Many women automatically seek an obstetrician for their prenatal care. But why not consider a midwife?

An emphasis on the "disease model" is what separates the modern-day midwife who practices natural, holistic birthing methods from the more popular medical model of medicated deliveries that involve often unnecessary interventions. Midwives approach care of the pregnant woman differently from doctors by emphasizing the woman's emotional and physical well-being, as well as that of her family.

Read more about the care you can get from midwives here.


Rated X

While x-ray examinations of the teeth or extremities do not generally expose the fetus to significant levels of radiation, x-rays of the abdomen, lower back, or hip areas place the fetus in the direct x-ray beam and can be hazardous. It is particularly important for a pregnant woman -- or a woman who thinks she may be pregnant -- to inform the doctor or technician before having an x-ray performed on these body areas.

Also see: Are x-rays safe during pregnancy?

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