Maternal Changes (Month 1)

Maternal Changes (Month 1)

Women rarely knew they were pregnant by the fourth week of gestation but if you do, you knew earlier than any woman would. This could happen if you were paying extra attention to your period cycle and quickly took a test after missing a single day. Well, expectant couple tends to be that enthusiastic. Congratulations! Don’t get too excited just yet. We have a long way to go. 

Make a phone call. You can call your husband to tell him you might be pregnant or you can schedule your first prenatal visit and confirm that first. Don’t be disappointed if you didn’t feel any different than you were before. You would experience those later, give it some times. Now, let’s recap. 

After sexual intercourse, millions of sperms would be released into both of the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg (ovum). Well, divide and conquer, they said. After a successful fertilisation occur between the ovum and one of the sperms, your baby’s gene and sex have already been set. It depends on the sperm, whether it carries an X or Y chromosome. X means girl and Y means boy. Simple, right?

This fertilised egg would stay in the tube for 4 days, dividing quickly into many cells before it will migrate to the uterus, attaching itself to the uterine lining. This process is called as the implantation. This is the period in which some women would notice spots of blood (called spotting) or slight bleeding.

During this period, apart from spotting, women usually experience a myriad of symptoms consisting of:

  • Bloating
  • Mood swings
  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen and sore breast

Pregnant belly

Well, I hate to say this, even with the feeling of bloatedness that you are currently experiencing, you certainly don’t look pregnant yet. You baby is equivalent to the size of a poppy seed so there will be no cute and tiny, pregnancy bump just yet. The thing that you need to remember is your baby is currently developing so it is vital for you to continue taking a few supplements such as folic acid. This supplement usually should be taken 3 months prior to conception but if you are not taking anything now, better starts late than never.

Choose a much more appropriate apparels that you think would suit you as a pregnant mother. You are one shy away from experiencing difficulty in zipping your skinny jeans so start looking into a much more loose clothing option. Make sure it comfortable for you though. 

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