First month of pregnancy What to do ? (Weeks 6-10)
By this stage of your pregnancy the uterus, which is usually the size and shape of a small pear, has become swollen and slightly enlarged, although it cannot yet be felt above the pubic bone. Visit your doctor to confirm the pregnancy and talk about the type of birth you’d like. You can also arrange your antenatal care, where and how to the website in preparing for healthy pregnancy, although booking won’t be done until between 10 and 12 weeks.
Earliest pregnancy test:
-The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) can be detected in tiny amounts in urine. Home kits, available from chemists, are 95 per cent accurate and can confirm a pregnancy within a few.days of your missed period. Another option is to go to your doctor’s or a family planning clinic for a test.
-A blood test could reveal the pregnancy hormones within a few days of you missing a period.
What is the best pregnancy test
Your doctor will talk to you about screening tests such as blood tests, and ultrasound scans that are available to all pregnant women. You may also be offered diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis or CVS (Chorionic villus sampling ) if indicated because of your age or your personal or family history.
What to do when pregnant?
Your baby is most vulnerable in these first weeks, so you need to take precautions during the first month of pregnancy:
– Discuss any regular medication you may be taking before you try to conceive or as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
-Stop smoking and drinking alcohol.
-Find out if your work conditions are hazardous to your baby (Working while pregnant ).
-If possible, check for rubella immunity before you conceive (Earliest blood test for pregnancy).
-Keep high standards of hygiene with pets to avoid toxoplasmosis infection.
First month of pregnancy care
At your first antenatal session, your booking-in appointment, the midwife will take a detailed medical history.
What is a fetus at 8 weeks
The embryo, which can now be called a fetus, meaning “young one,” has all the developing internal organs in place and is about the size of a small strawberry, The fetus is moving around a lot, although you cannot feel these movements yet nor will you for a few weeks.
-The fetus has a face with a nose, mouth and tongue
-The heart and other internal organs are now established
Baby’s appearance at eight weeks
Length: 25mm (1 in)
Weight: 3g (1/10 oz)
Changes to 8 weeks pregnant
Your breasts may be feeling tender and heavier and you may experience nausea in the morning or at any time of the day. Your emotions may be unpredictable because of hormone fluctuations and you may feel very tired, which can make your other symptoms feel more severe.
The first month of pregnancy signs and symptoms
-There is a metallic taste in your mouth and you may feel nauseous
-Your breasts may tingle and feel heavy
-You need to empty your bladder frequently