— A beautiful journey of pregnancy starts now!
If you are reading this and you are pregnant, congratulations! This is really a happy and emotional event especially for first time mother-to-be. Pregnant woman’s body usually programmed to ensure that the woman gets everything the baby requires.
Total 9 months of pregnancy will be a beautiful journey in every woman’s life. Though it is a terrifying task to bring a new life into the world, this article will explain you what to expect when you are 1 month pregnant and necessary precautions that you need to take during this period.
The most important thing that takes place in a 1 month pregnant woman is embryo development, which is essential for the baby’s safety and development. Usually this is called the beginning of embryo stage.
Everyone knows that pregnancy signs may not be clear during the early stages and you are even unaware that you are 1 month pregnant. However, most women are excited to identify what happens through this period and here is some precious data to clear the details for them.
What happens with you when you are 1 month pregnant?
Missed menstrual cycle: When you are 1 month pregnant, it will not only affect your body and also your mind. After conceiving, a woman’s body starts the production of larger amounts of progesterone to stop menstrual cycle as well as to ensure a healthful pregnancy. Generally, progesterone hormone is created by ovaries, but afterwards the role is taken by placenta.
Morning sickness: The rapidly increasing hormone levels can make your stomach to empty more slowly and thus causing nausea and even vomiting. Vomiting can be a sign that bothers you whole day whether it is day or night. This symptom starts during the pregnancy week 3, but some women may notice it later or never during their pregnancy period.
Decreased libido: Increased levels of pregnancy hormone progesterone can greatly affect your mood. These affected mood levels may increase or decrease your desire towards sex. Women who experienced decreased libido during their first trimester may become normal in second trimester. Most of the pregnancy symptoms will subside when the fatigue and morning sickness go away.
Breast tenderness: You may notice breast tenderness during this period. Some women may even feel their breasts sensitive and painful to touch and the veins on the skin surface may become more visible. Nipple color may become even darker and the glands around the nipple appear bigger.
Excessive salivation: Being a 1 month pregnant, it is common to feel more saliva. This is the most common pregnancy symptoms in women who are dealing with severe morning sickness.
Fatigue: Generally, women don’t have the energy to carry out the same activities that were handled prior the first month. You may easily fall asleep during the daytime because of the exhaustion and tiredness. Pregnant woman’s body needs to spend more and more energy to maintain both, the embryo development and the changes happing inside the mom-to-be. Increased progesterone levels when you are 1 month pregnant act as a sleeping pill.
Frequent urination: Higher progesterone levels cause more blood flow to the uterus and make the uterine lining thick. Thickening of the uterine lining is to protect and facilitate the healthy growth and development of inner life. During pregnancy, kidneys will increase in size by almost 1.5cm and increased hormone levels cause dilation of the uterus as well as the bladder and thus causing a sense of fullness and thereby increasing an urge to urinate more frequently.
Aversions: Usually pregnant women have increased sense of smell and thus triggering instant nausea from any strong odors. It is more common to feel repulsion towards certain foods and smells.
What happens with your baby when you are 1 month pregnant?
Conception – The first thing that happens for baby development
When the sperm meets the egg, conception takes place and then the just conceived fetus starts with the process called cell division. During this process, cells start increasing in their number and thus beginning the formation of vital organs. In pregnancy 1st month, even earlier some women may realize that they are pregnant and the fetus starts development in order to survive in the outside world.
Development – Elements that support for baby’s growth
There are many things that take place during 1st month of pregnancy in order to ensure the growth of your baby. Along with fertilized ovum, the other things that participate during this entire process are the amniotic sac, the amniotic fluid and the placenta.
The placenta supplies essential nutrients for the growing fetus. The amniotic sac is totally filled up with fluid, in which the unborn baby grows and develops. To keep the little life warm inside, the temperature in the amniotic sac is slightly higher than the temperature of the mother i.e. 99.7 F. The amniotic liquid found in the sac contains hormones, nutrients, antibodies and water.
Formation – Baby’s parts that begin their formation during 1st month
When you are 1st month pregnant, the spinal cord, the heart, and the lungs of the fetus begin their development. The growth of the baby during 1st month is approximately 2-4 millimeters.
What are the physical changes that occur in a 1 month pregnant woman?
During pregnancy 1st month, there won’t be any visible changes take place. You will be almost looking the same way that you were before. Weight gain doesn’t start until succeeding months and it will be steady.
You may feel breast tenderness, tingling and unusually sensitive to touch, especially during the first trimester. Gradually, your breasts may become bigger and even fuller. Color of areola and the skin around the nipples will become darker. You may notice swelling of the ankles due to water retention in the body.
What care should be taken by a 1 month pregnant woman?
- Healthy eating is very much important for the healthy growth and development of your baby. Foods containing vitamins, such as egg, meat, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, honey, and meat should be the part of your diet. Avoid eating fast and processed foods or any unhealthy additives. Eat sufficient levels of fiber, cereals, such as rice, muesli and rye.
- Start taking your prenatal vitamins, such as folic acid, iron and calcium. Folic acid is essential for healthy baby development. It helps to prevent birth defects.
- Avoid lifting heavy objects, such as lifting weights, repetitive lifting and carrying heavy objects. Do moderate exercising, swimming or aerobics.
- Take enough rest. Usually, pregnant women need more sleep than usual, about 8-10 hours. During the sleep, your body starts working more effectively because there is not any waste of energy for other activities.
- Stop drinking alcohol and smoking, which can cause significant problems to your baby. Positive thinking is the key to the physical and mental wellbeing as well as the health of your little one.