It’s been a few days since you had unprotected sex, and you are not on any contraceptive. You suddenly feel a distant back-ache. “What was I up to yesterday? Why am I feeling a bit fatigued?” you wonder quietly. You then decide it’s time to grab a bite. You are feeling all too hungry after all. Breakfast time!
Suddenly, in the middle of your breakfast meal, your body erupts. Without a thought, you head straight to the bathroom and empty everything you had taken in through some really hurting vomiting experience. “Where did that come from? Am I really sick?” you ponder.
Suddenly, you start putting things in to perspective; you remember that someone mentioned that if one is pregnant, they may experience morning sickness. Now you strongly suspect that you are PREGNANT! Well, don’t stop there; get some pregnancy test kit, or visit a doctor to confirm this. It is great news!!
Welcome to motherhood. If this is your first time being pregnant, it will be one awesome ride to experience. The good, the bad and the ugly all mixed up in one. It will be the best…and worst nine months of your life. You will get confused, irritated, happy, joyous, and all within the same season.
Luckily for you, we have connected. On this platform, you will learn what to experience throughout the 9 months and beyond so that you can enjoy every moment of the journey.
When Does the First Month of Pregnancy Start?
You may be wondering how the nine months of pregnancy are calculated. Is the first month of pregnancy the month when you are yet to miss your period, or is it the month after you miss your period?
The answer is that your first month of pregnancy is the month during which conception takes place. This is the month that precedes the time you notice a missed period. It is the month when you conceive, leading to a lack of your monthly periods within that month. When you notice a lack of periods, you are already entering the second month.
So, what else happens on this first month of pregnancy? Let’s explore together.
Besides the morning sickness that may be commonplace/regular in some women more than others, there are some other tell tale signs that may indicate you are pregnant. Remember, most women do not realize they are pregnant this first month until they miss their period. Incidentally, most newly pregnant moms only realize that they are going through morning sickness after they discover that they are pregnant. Most ignore the tell-tale signs, associating it to other daily activities that they engage in.
A newly pregnant mom may experience nausea with or without vomiting (what we like to call throwing up). You may also experience unexplained headaches, fatigue even when you have done nothing exhausting, heartburns and more frequent than normal urination.
As mentioned earlier, since most women do not realize they are pregnant until they notice a missed period, these signs may pass unnoticed quite easily in the first month of pregnancy. For women with irregular periods, it’s even harder to tell whether they are pregnant or not for quite some time.
Any time you suspect that you may be pregnant, make sure that you talk to your doctor for advice and check-ups. It is very important to take good care of your body and health during this period.
The Physiological Changes that occur during the first month of pregnancy
During this First Month of being Pregnant, the baby in your womb is so tiny and is referred to as an embryo. It is a very tiny and you cannot outline any real parts of a human in this embryo. The ‘baby’ is referred to as the embryo for the first 8 weeks after fertilization after which it is referred to as a fetus (foetus Eng. UK) – 9th week after conception, or week 11 after your last menstrual period, LMP. During the embryonic stage, important body systems are formed, making this stage your baby’s framework and foundation stage. At this stage, the baby cannot survive in the outside world.
As we shall see in the fetal stage, it is about growth and development and so your baby can survive in the outside world.
On a week by week breakdown, in the first month, week 1 and week 2 are simply preparation weeks. Technically, during these two weeks, you are not pregnant. It is simply, the period when your body is preparing to release the egg. A good note here is that if you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to note down the date on which your last period started. With this date, your doctor will be able to give you a more precise due date.
On average again, week 3 is the week of ovulation – the release of the egg in to the woman’s reproductive tract. It is during this week that fertilization occurs if sperms are availed to meet with the egg. The resulting product after the fusion of the egg and the sperm is called a zygote.
During week 4 of the first month of pregnancy, implantation occurs. Basically, after the zygote is formed, it travels down from the fallopian tubes towards the walls of the uterus, while subdividing and undergoing metamorphosis. In about 3 days, it reaches the walls of the uterus and gets implanted. It is at this stage that some hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is secreted to help with proper implantation. This is the hormone that is tested with the home pregnancy kits to indicate pregnancy.
Fortunately, most pregnant women will be very sure they are pregnant during the second month. So, let’s look at what happens during the second month of pregnancy.
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