Although 1 Month Pregnant may be quite uneventful as far as you’re concerned—in fact, you may not even know that you are pregnant yet—it is an enormous event in the life of your baby. Indeed, conception is the first and the defining moment of your baby’s existence. You may have taken a home pregnancy test; if you have and it comes back positive, chances are you really are expecting—so, congratulations! Once you compose yourself, it’s important to begin taking prenatal vitamins and schedule an appointment with your gynecologist right away. Then, try to relax and allow the people around you to take care of you as you begin one of the most amazing journeys in the human experience—creating another life!
During the first month of pregnancy, you may not even realize you are pregnant; in fact, you may not even be pregnant yet! Confused? Let me explain; according to the gestational calendar—the one your doctor uses to determine your due date—your pregnancy began on the date of your last period. So, by the time you and your body catch up, you could be—according to your doctor—several weeks pregnant. Since it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact date of conception, your doctor will play it safe and assume that you got pregnant immediately following your last period. This has been proven to be the most reliable way to track your baby’s growth. Although you may not be aware of any visible signs of change, there are some momentous transformations occurring inside your body as your baby begins to grow.
At this stage of development, your baby is still referred to as an embryo. The embryo starts out as just a miniscule dot containing about 100 cells that will begin rapidly multiplying. At the end of the first month, the embryo is still a tiny speck of life, less than four hundredths of an inch in length containing about 150 cells. These cells are receiving nourishment from the nutrient-rich lining of your uterus and are already beginning to separate into specific systems and organs of the human body such as the skin, respiratory system, and skeletal structure. The circulatory system is in its beginning stages, creating blood cells for future circulation. Although it doesn’t yet resemble a face exactly, the head is beginning to take shape and forming grooves for the facial features to come. The amniotic sac is also beginning to form and filling with fluid to help protect the embryo as it grows. Another organ, called a placenta also grows around the baby and acts as a liaison between mother and child, transferring nutrients from the food the mother eats and eliminating any waste products from the baby.
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