Congratulations, you have conceived. You are in the first month of pregnancy. If you are pregnant for the first time, you would be excited for everything about you, your pregnancy, changes to your body, and the baby growing inside your womb. Here, have a look at all associated points in brief to educate yourself.
What will you experience as you become pregnant?
As you conceive, you will notice a few changes in or out of your body. The first change that will take place would be a stop in your periods. Here, it means you would have a missed period. Further, you can experience:
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
- Slight spotting
- Lower back pain
- Frequent urination
- Food cravings
Changes in your body you will feel in the first month of pregnancy
In the first month of pregnancy, you may not notice any significant physical changes in your body. However, you may experience slight changes in your physical health and appearance. Some changes could be:
- Minor increase in your breast size due to hormonal changes in your breast tissues
- Tightness of your outfit around the waist
- A feel of bloating
- Darker and bigger nipples
- An increase in vaginal discharge
- Tired and lethargic feeling
Your baby development
In the first month of your pregnancy, your baby is in a foetus development process. The complete process includes egg fertilisation, implantation, growth of uterine lining, and the growth of foetus. In around the third week, the heart of your child starts beating. Your baby size is like a pea in the fourth week. After the end of the first month, the development of arms, legs, and other body parts will start.
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How to take care of yourself during the first month of pregnancy
At first, you should visit a gyn-ob as you notice or think you are pregnant. The time could be in the middle of the first month of your pregnancy. At a clinic, maternity centre, or hospital, a gynaecologist will interact with you and question you on your medical history, family medical history, contraception method you used earlier, etc.
After interaction, the doctor may conduct a physical examination and recommend an ultrasound scanning and a blood/urine test to confirm pregnancy. Going through the test reports will facilitate your doctor suggesting prenatal supplements and self care tips. Some useful tips are as follows:
- Take the recommended pregnancy diet
- Perform light to moderate exercises
- Avoid lifting heavy items
- Sleep soundly
- Take enough rest
- Do light household work to keep yourself busy
- Stay away from stress and anxiety
- Say no to drinking and smoking
- Hire a caretaker if you are not with your family members and your spouse has a regular job or is busy in operating his business
Being pregnant is a good moment to celebrate and enjoy. The first month is the beginning of your pregnancy journey that will last for nine months or around 42 - 42 weeks. You should consult a respective doctor and follow the doctor’s instructions.