We’ve just rolled into our 6th week of pregnancy, so we have officially completed our first month of pregnancy, yay us (ok I know Jen had much more to do in this than me, but I like to think we are going through this together, albeit I get the easier ride!). Now at the beginning of our second month of pregnancy, I thought I would give you an overview of the significant events we experienced and what to be looking out for during your first month of pregnancy.
To start things off, you may be wondering why the first month of pregnancy is 6 weeks long. It isn’t an error; it’s to do with what’s called ‘the gestational age method’ used by most doctors to determine your baby’s due date. Rather than using your ‘actual’ day of conception, which is sometimes unknown, your doctor will use day 1 of your last menstrual cycle as the start of your pregnancy. Of course you won’t have been pregnant at this point though. On an average 28 day menstrual cycle, ovulation will happen on day 14 then fertilization can take place. The first month of pregnancy is 6 weeks long as it includes the 14 days from the day of your last period (prior to ovulation) and of course the 4 weeks after fertilization and you actually being pregnant. This only differs if your cycle is shorter or longer than 28 days, when the dates will be adjusted accordingly.
Since our pregnancy was planned and we monitored Jen’s ovulation, we know the day (within a 24 hour window) fertilisation happened. I wondered what the point of the whole count back to last cycle was since we know the day of ovulation. As it happens, Jen’s cycle for this month was 28 days long, so at the 6-week mark and the end of month 1, things have levelled out anyway and regardless we are still at the one-month pregnant mark.
First month of pregnancy as it happened
Keeping things consistent and using the gestational age method, week 1 of pregnancy was a bit of a non-event pregnancy wise. Life goes on as normal planning and waiting for ovulation day and your chance to attempt to conceive. As we entered week 2 things picked up, as this is when ovulation timings needed to be finalized giving us the best opportunity of becoming pregnant and the baby making scheduled attempts started. Then when that all-important ovulation occurs and if all conditions are right, and with a little luck, conception happens and the wonderful process of life begins. Although, no mater how well you think you have prepared things, it doesn’t always go as planned with ovulation and timing.
Needless to say, you only know you are have just experienced week 1 and 2 of pregnancy after you have become pregnant.
The next couple of weeks were back to the waiting game as the magic was happening inside without us even knowing it. We spent the time checking off the days until we were able to perform a pregnancy test or wondering if any of the feelings Jen was experiencing were early signs of pregnancy.
Early signs of pregnancy
I read that for the most part, mothers will feel little or no sign of actually being pregnant during the first month. Although this can be different for everyone and there are a few early signs of pregnancy, this is certainly the case for Jen. Even before we had progressed far enough along to be able to take a pregnancy test, Jen was experiencing a few typical early signs of pregnancy.
Feeling premenstrual, feeling tired/exhausted, larger and tender breasts and needing to pee more often.
Other early signs of pregnancy may include:
Feeling nauseas, food cravings, constipation, increased smell sensitivity and loss of interest in certain foods.
As I said, every pregnancy is different and you may not experience all if any of these symptoms.
The Pregnancy Test
As we approached week 4 of pregnancy the window of opportunity to perform a pregnancy test opened. If you have read any of our previous posts about performing the pregnancy test, you may know that this didn’t go without incident. Eventually we had a confirmed positive result. As week 4 passed, things were further confirmed when Jen’s menstrual cycle was missed.
Just after Jen’s expected menstrual cycle should have happened, she called her physician’s surgery to inform them of the news. I guess since this kind of news is an everyday occurrence for them, they didn’t quite have the excitement we did. Totally understandable, although this was the first person she had actually told so a congratulations wouldn’t have gone amiss. They asked her to contact the midwife at the hospital once she had reached 6 weeks pregnant.
Into week 5 and 6 of pregnancy, and not much is happening externally, besides breast size changes (of course no touching because they are very sore, shucks). Plenty is happening inside though.
I can only imagine what Jen is currently going through with all the changes to her body and the side effects of pregnancy, as her partner it’s hard enough. Many thoughts go through my head. There is the fear that all is going well and progressing as it should, the huge difficultly in keeping the greatest secret I’ve ever known and the worry of letting Jen do anything slightly strenuous. As I say I know this pales into insignificance compared to what Jen is going through.
By the end of the first month the signs of pregnancy Jen was experiencing had really kicked in. The morning sickness and the feeling of nauseas had very much reared its ugly head. Fortunately at this point it is just the feeling of nausea, although Jen mentioned she has gagged quite a few times. I couldn’t think of anything worse you ladies have to go through. It‘s also not restricted to the morning. Most days the symptoms start around mid morning until early afternoon and then start again in the evenings.
Without wishing to sound rude since they are the stars of the show here, I’m not going to go into much detail with how the babies are developing in this post, as that’s a whole other story that warrants much more attention and a post of its own.
From conception to the end of the first month of pregnancy the foetus has gone from being a microscopic egg to the size of a pea or raisin.