Should My Partner Use a Condom

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Condoms are safe in pregnancy and prevent the transmission of sexual diseases from your partner. These diseases can affect you and your baby's health. If you have a new sexual partner during pregnancy, do consider using a condom when you have sex.

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Common Symptoms in Pregnancy

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There are various common symptoms in pregnancy. You may or may not experience every one of them. Most of these are associated with the hormonal and physical change that accompanies each pregnancy. It is important that you are aware of these symptoms so that you will not worry unnecessarily.

Missed Periods

This is the earliest sign that you may be pregnant following conception. It is usually quite reliable especially if your periods have been regular. Bleeding may still occur if you are pregnant but it is typically lighter than your usual periods. If you have been sexually active and have missed a period, please take a urine pregnancy test.

Vaginal Bleed

At about the fifth week of pregnancy, the embryo implants itself into the lining of the womb. Some women will experience some spot

Figure 20.1 Common sites of ectopic pregnancies.

ting as well as cramping during this time. This is harmless but the bleeding may also signify other problems such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy which is a life threatening condition (whereby the pregnancy occurs outside the womb — frequently in the fallopian tubes). It is important that you seek medical advice promptly (Figures 20.1 and 20.2).

Figure 20.2 Ruptured ectopic pregnancy (arrow) in the left tube.

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