Month 1 of Pregnancy – What to expect
Our experiences during pregnancy vary hugely right from the start. Incredibly, some women somehow sense they are pregnant within a few days of conception. Then there are others who have carried their babies full term without ever realising that their symptoms (if any) were pregnancy related.
Even in the first month of pregnancy your body is undergoing a number of significant changes:
- We all know about missing periods – ranging from mild panic to extreme excitement, you’ll probably experience a range of emotions. Doctors use the date from the start of your last period to calculate your due date so it’s a good idea to keep track.
- If you are constantly yawning it’s pretty normal. Feeling shattered (even when you wake up) in the first month is very common and is often overlooked in favour of more obvious signs. With increased hormone levels and the baby growing at its fastest rate in this early stage, its little wonder that some of us feel exhausted.
- You might experience some indicators that are associated with the later stages of pregnancy, too; backache, popping to the loo more frequently and tender boobs are all culprits.
- And last (but by no means least, we aren’t that heartless) – the dreaded morning sickness. Around a half of all pregnant women will experience vomiting and nausea, one quarter will just feel nauseous (we say ‘just’ flippantly – but we don’t mean it!) and one quarter won’t feel any at all – fingers crossed it’s you! There are several suggested reasons but, unfortunately, nobody seems to have a definitive answer. All we can suggest is stocking up on ginger and riding it out.
Just because these symptoms are common, it doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely experience them and everyone’s body is different. At the very least, you’ve got a great present coming in 9 months!
Once your pregnancy has been confirmed you’ll be bombarded with advice and guidance from your midwife, including how you can keep both yourself and your baby healthy for the best part of the next year. There will also be plenty of support and tips to combating the early symptoms of pregnancy.
It can be a good idea to discuss the changes you’re going through with close friends and family. You’ll be inundated with stories about their own pregnancy experiences, but you may learn something valuable. Bounty also have a great week by week tracker and it’s great for learning about the progress of your unborn baba!
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