What to Expect- Month 1
There’s a good chance that you don’t even realize that you’re pregnant, unless you keep up regularly with your periods. If you do, then there are many mixed emotions and they are all very normal. This is the time when you need to make some life changes.
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products-These substances can cause birth defects, fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory problems, low birth weight, and other health problems.
- Make a Doctor’s Appointment- It’s imperative you see your doctor or find an OB doctor you feel comfortable with. Ask your doctor to refer you to someone reputable and ask friends and family that have recently had a baby whom they would recommend.
- Talk to your doctor about any prescription and nonprescription (OTC) drugs you are taking- You’ll need to take special precautions with medications because many prescription and over-the-counter medications can negatively affect the fetus. But don’t stop taking prescription drugs without consulting your health care provider, who will help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of stopping your medications.
- Watch what you eat-Once you know you’re expecting, there are also some foods you must avoid foods like cold cuts or any meats that contain sodium nitrate, raw meat, soft cheeses and raw sushi.
CHANGES YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Nausea – the earliest signs of “morning sickness” can appear in the first month
- Breast Tenderness – your breasts or nipples may be swollen and tender to the touch
- Fatigue – you may feel tired as your body adjusts to hormonal changes
- Frequent Urination – a common side effect of the production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which causes an increase need to urinate in early pregnancy
- Food Sensitivity – just the smell of food may turn your stomach.
HOW YOUR BABY IS DEVELOPING Your baby is only .1 to .2 millimeters and at this stage is called a blastocyst. At three weeks pregnant, your child has already developed all his genetic material – and the sex is already decided.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PRENATAL VISIT THIS MONTH
- A pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy
- You’ll complete an extensive family medical history background.
- The doctor usually performs an internal pelvic exam to check your uterus, vagina and cervix
- A Pap smear, if you haven’t had one in the past year
- Routine blood tests and urine tests may be performed
- An assessment of your health, including height, weight and blood pressure
- You will be prescribed a prenatal vitamin and folic acid. This is when you need to discuss with your doctor about any OTC or prescription medications that you may be taking.