Pregnancy is the biggest blessing for any couple however, being pregnant also means going through a lot of physical changes.
Your 1st Month Pregnancy Symptoms:
In the first month of your pregnancy, you should not expect a lot of changes in your appearance, the only thing that indicates you of your pregnancy in the first month is just missing your menstrual period..
The first 2 weeks, you are actually not pregnant at all! After a couple of weeks, you will notice that you’ve missed your period which is one of the first indicators that you are pregnant. The next two weeks begins with the growth and development of the yolk sac, amniotic sac, and umbilical cord.
Some women may start to feel nauseated, have an upset stomach or swollen and sore breasts, which is not uncommon to feel by the end of the 1st month. You may also feel the constant need to take frequent bathroom breaks, because the baby has started to press on the uterus. You may also see an increase in vaginal discharge and constipation.
The 1st month may also bring on mood swings.
Unusual cravings are also not uncommon, where you may start craving foods you used to hate, while sometimes you may not be able to tolerate smelling your favorite foods.
Development of the fetus:
Apart from the mother, the baby is also going through some major changes as well in the few weeks after conception. By the time you’ve noticed you’ve missed your period, the embryo will be 2mm, approximately the size of a poppy seed.
Week 1 & 2 of your pregnancy –
The first week of your pregnancy calculated with the beginning of your last menstrual cycle before conception has occurred! During the first week, your body sheds its uterine lining and prepare to make a new one that will be a cozy nest for a fertilized egg.
During the 2nd week of your pregnancy, about 2 dozens of eggs will occupy fluid filled sacs known as follicles and only one of those follicles will develop, ovulate, and rupture. The egg will then travel down the Fallopian tube in the 2nd week of pregnancy.
Conception usually happens between days 14 to 17 days if your menstrual cycle is 28 days. It can take a few days after intercourse for the sperm to fertilize the egg waiting in the fallopian tube.
3 Weeks Pregnant
If your egg was successfully fertilized by your partner’s sperm, an embryo forms, which is very small, approximately the size of a grain of beach sand. It does not look like a baby just yet, however a group of approximately 100 cells are multiplying and growing rapidly. The outer layer of cells will become the placenta while the inner layer will become the embryo.
Many mothers will not yet realized that they are pregnant nor notice any major changes in their body. It is still possible to take a pregnancy test or a blood test at the doctor’s office to ensure that you get the results immediately.
There are also home pregnancy tests available at your local drug store that tests for pregnancy approximately 6 days before your missed period.
4 Weeks Pregnant
The embryo(fertilized eggs) implants itself to the lining of your uterus. The embryo’s cells will continue to multiply and the placental tissue will grow as well. It is the placenta which produces estrogen, progesterone, and hCG, which can cause some symptoms you feel in your 1st trimester.
By the end of this month, you may be expecting your period and may miss it this week. You may also notice some light spotting, but this is normal due to the embryo implanting itself in the uterus. In this week, you may start to feel some or no symptoms at this point.
What should I do in the first month of pregnancy.
If you happen to be trying to get pregnant or suspicious that you may be pregnant, here is what you should start doing:
- Start taking your prenatal vitamins if you had not been taking any.
- Stop Smoking, drinking alcohol or any drugs.
- Do not take any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
- Eat a healthy foods high in folic acids and iron.
- Avoid fish high in mercury. Do not take more than 12 ounces of fix a week.
- Get lots of rest.
- Brush your teeth regularly.
- Avoid wearing heels
- Continue to exercise with doctor’s consent.
If you experience any of the following symptoms:
- feeling very sick to your stomach
- cannot keep any fluids or food down for 24 hours
- high body temperature
- severe pain in abdomen
- vomiting more than 5 times a day
- pain during urination,
You need to call your doctor right away.