New test can determine whether pregnancy will continue

It can be exciting to confirm your pregnancy and start to plan for a new addition to your family. However, not everyone carries her baby to full term - in some instances, a miscarriage occurs and fetal development comes to an end. Needless to say, there is a certain amount of heartache that comes with this situation, but a new test may be able to tip women off to pregnancy complications as soon as they happen.

The Guardian recently reported that a new test that can be taken at home to determine whether a pregnancy is ending may become available to expectant mothers in the near future. London's Royal Society of Medicine is going to analyze the test, which could potentially provide reassurance to pregnant women and help individuals handle miscarriages in a safer manner. Current tests available on the market identify the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin in a woman's system, which can indicate the development of a child. However, they don't gauge whether the levels of the hormone are rising or falling, the latter of which can be indicative of a miscarriage. This new test does.

Staying healthy in the first trimester
Your first trimester of pregnancy is critical to fetal development, and there are numerous steps you can take to ensure that you're maintaining your well-being during this sensitive time. First, it's important to listen to signs from your body pertaining to your health. For example, fatigue is bound to set in as you adjust to life as an expectant mother. In this instance, you'll want to rest whenever possible to maintain your energy levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Next, you're likely going to feel the effects of your changing hormone levels and see alterations in your mood, which can negatively impact your relationships with friends and family. Don't hesitate to talk through your feelings with your partner to avoid creating more stress than necessary during this exciting time. Try to be patient and honest with those around you as you adjust to living as a mom-to-be.

Finally, talk to your primary care provider about what you should be doing to maintain your health while you carry your baby. An expert can let you know which activities to avoid and how to stay safe while expecting. 

How have you kept up with your daily lifestyle as a mom-to-be? Do you know which activities to avoid during the first trimester? Leave your feedback in the comments section!