A:New mothers in the United Kingdom receive 39 weeks of maternity pay, according to Gov.uk. Pay for the first six weeks constitutes 90 percent of pre-tax weekly earnings, while the remaining 33 weeks pays at either 90 percent of average weekly earnings or ?138.18, whichever is lower, as of 2014.
A:According to WebMD's pregnancy guide, expectant mothers gain weight around week 12 and, depending on skin elasticity, develop stretch marks around the breasts, abdomen, hips or buttocks. By week 16, women should be visibly pregnant with leg veins becoming more apparent. Some acne is to be expected.
A:According to Healthline, women at the age of 45 or above have a 1 percent chance of producing a healthy pregnancy using their own eggs. Women over the age of 35 should consult with a reproductive endocrinologist if pregnancy does not occur within six months of active trying.
A:Fetal movement begins in the second trimester. Some expectant mothers can feel their baby moving by the fourth month, according to What to Expect. Most women experience the sensation of fetal movement by the fifth month of pregnancy.
A:During the early stages of pregnancy, many women experience abdominal pain, often due to the ligaments stretching to accommodate the growing uterus, according to BabyExpert. Other common contributors to stomach pain, according to Parents, include gas, constipation, pressure on the intestines and the added stress of the pregnancy.
A:A mother-to-be should not feel any movement from her baby, which is called quickening, until the second trimester, which includes weeks 14 through 28, according to WebMD. Thin women or women who have had a previous pregnancy may feel the quickening sooner.
A:It is possible to have a pregnancy test show a negative result 10 days after a missed period. This can occur because some pregnancy tests take up to 10 days after ovulation to show a positive result, according to Pregnancy Corner.
A:According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to try to get pregnant is during ovulation. Ovulation occurs approximately 14-15 days after the start of the last period, for women who have an average 28-32 day cycle (timing may vary for those who have longer or shorter cycles). Having sex daily starting just before, and then during a woman's ovulation days increases the chances of getting pregnant considerably.
A:According to MSN.com, the gender of a fetus can be determined through diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling are invasive procedures, while ultrasound is not.
A:About.com states that genital contact without penetration can result in pregnancy although it is very rare. Pregnancy can occur during any instance when sperm, whether in ejaculate or pre-ejaculatory fluid form, has contact with the vagina.
A:While not a standardized medical practice, gentle pressure four finger-widths above the anklebone can help induce labor in a woman ready to give birth, according to Giving Birth Naturally. Regardless of its efficacy, it's harmless and can be attempted with no risk.
A:Twins are born at a rate of just over 33 twins for every 1,000 live births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For 2012, the CDC reported a total of 131,269 twin births in the United States.
A:There are numerous signs of impending labor, including the frequency and intensity of contractions, the ripening of the cervix and the rupturing of the amniotic fluid-filled sac that protects the baby, according to Baby Center. This latter process is colloquially referred to as when a woman's "water breaks."
A:Most home pregnancy tests claim to provide 99 percent accurate results on the first day after a missed period. However, experts recommend waiting up to seven days to get the most accurate results, according to the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' website.
A:A doctor who specializes in the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth and recovery from delivery is an obstetrician, according to the March of Dimes website. Eighty percent of pregnant women choose obstetricians as their physicians of choice during pregnancy.
A:The Mayo Clinic reports that the fetus develops a heart approximately 21 days following conception which begins to pump blood approximately 28 days after conception. The third and fourth weeks following conception. During this time, various facial features develop and the body begins to curve.
A:To use a nursing pillow, the Boppy company (makers of a name brand nursing pillow) states that the pillow can be sat on the mother's lap and wrapped around her to make feeding times easier. The mother's arms can rest on the pillow as she feeds her baby who lies on the pillow, as well. Additionally, the nursing pillow can be used for promoting tummy time and play time.
A:Blood pregnancy tests can be wrong if they are taken too early. According to WebMD, blood pregnancy tests effectively detect pregnancy six to eight days after ovulation. Therefore, taking a blood pregnancy test earlier than this might yield false negative results.