Month One – The Pregnancy Progression
Pregnancy Month #1 – Weeks 1-4
Chances are that you are already past this first month of your pregnancy. Most people don’t even get a positive pregnancy test until after the 4 week mark. The first month is honestly more about trying to conceive than what your baby is actually doing. It is still very early.
I have just recently got my positive pregnancy test and want to share my experience with you all! Each month we will share the baby’s progress as well as how us mama’s may be feeling! While the first month is not very exciting, it is certainly the most important. So just in case you are curious, here is what is going on inside during weeks 1-4.
Weeks 1 & 2
Because every woman’s body is different, being able to pinpoint exactly when you conceived can be nearly impossible. Because of this doctor’s use the first day of your last period as day 1 of your pregnancy. It seems a little odd but really you are not pregnant yet during your first week of pregnancy.
During this first week you get a visit for good ole aunt flow. Your uterine lining sheds to make a nice little home for your soon to be fertilized egg. At the same time your eggs are getting themselves ready. About 14 days later(if you have a 28 day cycle) one of these eggs will get released during ovulation. Once released that egg has to be fertilized. When your egg and the sperm meet is typically between days 14 and 17. Around the end of your second week of pregnancy you should have a fertilized egg ready to start its journey.
Yay! Your egg is now officially an embryo! Although it is still just cells and does not look like a baby at all, it’s there. This week it will continue moving down the fallopian tube. There is always the small chance it could attach to the fallopian tube and be an ectopic pregnancy. This only occurs in about 1-2% of pregnancies. Once the embryo is in the uterus, it usually bounces around for a few days until it finds the perfect spot to implant. At this point there is still not enough hCG hormone in your body for a pregnancy test to pick up.
This week you may experience a little spotting. This is most likely implantation bleeding that occurs in 1 out of 3 women and is completely normal. It is caused when that little bundle of cells burrows its way into your uterine lining. Once attached the baby’s cells continue to grow and connect with your body’s circulation. The placental tissue grows and produces estrogen, progesterone and hCG. Even though all this is happening, your baby is still way too small to see on an ultrasound.
This is also the week that you are probably expecting your period. The absence of aunt flow may be your first sign of pregnancy. This is the point where you probably want to take a pregnancy test. Most test are very accurate the day after your missed period. Some women even get a positive before that but remember, everyone’s body is different.
First Month Tips
You will want to start taking your prenatal vitamins as soon as possible if you aren’t already. Even with an extremely balanced diet it is unlikely that you will get the iron and folic acid your body and baby needs.
I always recommend getting a period/fertility app on your phone. These are great weather you are trying to conceive or not. You may end up finding out about your pregnancy earlier if you are more in tune with your body and notice changes. If you have already found out about your pregnancy you can go ahead and find one for tracking your baby’s progress.
If you do find out about your pregnancy in week 4 then start your pregnancy journal(if you want to keep one). Being able to read back on all the details of your pregnancy is truly something special. Even if it’s nothing but a few bullet points about what you craving or feeling, it will be great to have later.
It is unlikely that you will experience any pregnancy symptoms this early but some women do. Sore or tender breast seem to be the most common first symptom. You may feel a little more tired and bloated, have some food aversions and have to pee more often. Oh and let’s not forget about that mood swings you may not be able to explain. While these symptoms are defiantly possible in the first few weeks it is unlikely you will experience any of them until weeks later. Every women is different so every experience will be unique.
With my son I got a positive pregnancy test around 6 week and still did not experience any symptoms for another couple of week. With this baby I took a positive test at 4 week and have not experienced any symptoms yet.
Are you ready for month #2 now?
I sure am! I can’t wait to see some growth in my little one and get to go to my first doctor’s appointment! Like I said before, you are probably well past your first month if you know you are pregnant already. If you were curious about what happened in weeks 1-4 of your pregnancy I hope this cleared it all up! I’ll see you all next month for month #2 of pregnancy!
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