You are 1 month pregnant, congratulations!
It is amazing to think that you have already been carrying Junior for 4 weeks even though you may be just experiencing pregnancy symptoms now.
Your little one will probably measure about 3mm long and whether it will be an Einstein or not, its brain and central nervous system are already developing. At this stage your baby is on the first stage of its amazing journey and is known as an embryo and will develop from 2 layers of cells into three.
This is an exciting yet anxious time for newly pregnant ladies, and we put together this fun and informative article to help you get through your first month of pregnancy.
Whether you consider yourself to be ‘up the duff’, having a ‘bun in the oven’ or ‘waiting for the stork to arrive’, your first instinct, like many, may be to go and shout your happy news from the rooftops.
But like a lot of mothers to be, it may be a better idea – and one that you choose – to keep the glad tidings a private little secret between you and your loved one, or your very close family, until your 12th week of pregnancy. Lots of women choose to do this so that they get to the first scan without any troubles.
The one person that you should share the news with is your GP who will usually refer you to a Midwife. Some Doctors will not be required to do a pregnancy test if you are confident the test, or tests, that you have taken already have indicated positive.
The doctor will date your pregnancy from the date of your last menstrual period and as this cannot always be accurate you will be given an EDD (estimated due date) if you can’t wait – click to use of Free Due Date Calculator.
Whilst at this first appointment your GP will book you in with your midwife who will generally see you at about 8-10 weeks pregnant.
Your symptoms may vary at this stage – this is the first month of your first of three ‘trimesters’. If you are one of the lucky ones you will have virtually no morning sickness and very light signs of pregnancy, and you will be the envy of other mothers who spend half their day rushing to the bathroom!
Generally though the symptoms of early pregnancy can include morning sickness (which can occur at any time of day, not just mornings), tender breasts, a metallic taste in your mouth and, if you are anything like someone I know, cravings for marmite and banana sandwiches!
You may also experience what feel like bad period cramps, this is merely the uterus stretching in preparation for the growing baby. If you experience any spotting (little spots of blood in your knickers) or heavier bleeding or severe cramps, then see your GP straight way.
If you haven’t started taking your pregnancy vitamins during conception, then now is the time to buy some. These provide essential nutrients to keep you and your bambino healthy and to ensure that the baby’s development goes as smoothly as possible. Folic acid is said to be important in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, keeping yourself healthy and eating a balanced diet is equally as important as well as knowing which Foods To avoid When Pregnant
The ball of cells inside your womb is no bigger than a sesame seed and is busy dividing into three layers that will later form the organs and tissues.
The top layer of this developmental cake will be for the neural tube including the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The second layer will house the heart and circulatory system with the bottom layer consisting of the lungs, intestines and urinary system.
The yolk sac provides red blood cells and other nutrients for your bundle of joy but the umbilical cord and placenta are waiting in the wings to take over this job as your baby grows.
The placenta is already implanting itself into the uterus and by the end of the 4th week will be fully functioning. As well as providing essential goodies for your baby, it also helps remove its waste products.
The other partner in crime, the umbilical cord, helps proceedings by providing a pathway for those nutrients to the baby – as well as oxygen – so the baby can grow at a normal rate and increase in size as he or she does so.
It is miraculous to think that all this is happening inside you right now and it has only this fantastic experience has only just begun! There are lots of exciting things happening now, that will continue to occur in your body for the next 8-9 (some peoples pregnancies go on for 10, yes 10!) months.