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The First Month of Pregnancy

The First Month of Pregnancy

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During the first month of pregnancy, many women don't even know that they have conceived. During the fertile point of your period, if an egg meets with sperm and conception occurs, the egg then attaches to the lining of your uterus. This happens about 5-7 days after fertilization, and is called implantation. At this point, the embryo doubles every day, as it is nourished in the uterus.

Technically, doctors consider you to be two weeks pregnant at the point of conception, so you're really only two weeks pregnant at the end of the first month. Confused? This is because your pregnancy is counted from the first day of your last period, which ends in conception.

Almost right after conception, the umbilical cord and placenta start to form. The umbilical cord will be your baby's lifeline for the next nine months, and along with the placenta it will carry nutrients to the baby and eliminate wastes. Your baby will develop in an amniotic sac, which will keep the embryo safe during growth and development.

The first months are the most crucial to development. By the end of the first month, the baby has the spinal cord, along with five to eight vertebrae. While there is no head and trunk yet, your baby's nerves are beginning to grow. Your baby's heart will start to beat on the 25th day of conception, although it will be a few months before it can be detected by your doctor.

If you do know that you're pregnant in your first month, you need to make an appointment with your caregiver. Your doctor will test to confirm your pregnancy, and ask you for a detailed medical history. There will also be a few tests performed, such as a blood test to check for anemia and rubella, a urinalysis test to screen for sugar and protein levels, and a pelvic exam.

Some women will experience nausea, heartburn and swollen or tender breasts, while others will have no symptoms at all. It's very common for you and your partner to feel both excited and terrified, or maybe one or the other! These feelings are a normal part of pregnancy, and communicating with your loved one can help alleviate fear and anxiety about the pregnancy. Now is the time to read up on what to expect while you're pregnant, and some of the symptoms and emotions you may feel in the upcoming months.


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