A 4 part blog to let YOU, the about to be a mom, know what your body undergoes during your pregnancy
#3 Small Talk 2019
So what happens to YOU, the mom-to-be, in those 40 weeks before you become a full time mom? To cover the changes your body will undergo in the 40 weeks would be too long to post in one blog so in the next 4 blog posts we will take a look 10 weeks at a time and thus cover the 40 weeks after conception. Here we go with the first 10 weeks:
The First 10 weeks
The endometrial lining of the uterus is thickening and
preparing for the fertilized egg to embed. You may experience a slight bleed,
known as “spotting” as the fertilized egg implants itself into the endometrium
of your uterus.
During these few weeks you may not even know you are pregnant.
But these weeks bring about a miraculous transformation in the embryo. Hundreds
of cells turn into many thousands of cells which organise themselves into a
little human body. Some components are already practicising their functions and
by week 4 your baby’s tiny heart starts to beat. Not that you feel anything
yet! A home pregnancy test at 4 weeks should come up positive at this stage.
By week 5 you may be experiencing morning sickness and your
breast may feel tender. Small, frequent meals may help with the morning
sickness. Some moms swear by the fact that the morning sickness is alleviated
if you eat something bland, like a small cracker or drink ginger tea before
getting up in the morning. I was very lucky in that I never had morning
sickness with either of my two pregnancies!!
You are not likely to notice this, but because pregnancy
increases vascularity (to help soften the skin and muscles of the perineum and
vulva) the vagina becomes a violet colour which is called Chadwick’s sign.
You should have the following blood tests, if you haven’t
grouping and Rhesus factor
haemoglobin level – to check for anaemia
for sexually transmitted diseases
Your uterus is already contracting very mildly at this stage,
but you will not feel this.
The uterus now feels like a large orange. If you have
heartburn, small meals may help. Your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth
– this is caused by the hormones in pregnancy. You many need to urinate more
frequently if your bladder is compressed by the growing baby.
Time for your first prenatal visit and dads-to-be should tag
along! Learn about the Kegel exercises which will strengthen your pelvic floor
and help with stress incontinence. Your heart rate will have increased by about
15 beats per minute during this first trimester!
- The body is very smart in protecting itself. To prevent bacteria entering the uterus, a mucous plug forms at the mom’s cervix which helps to prevent vaginal infections.
- At the same time, a hormone called progesterone, increases. This helps soften the uterine muscles and those of the intestine so as to make room for the growing pregnancy. You should eat extra fibre and drink lots of water from this week onwards as this hormone can lead to you becoming constipated.
- If you don’t already know your blood group and rhesus factor, your doctor will draw blood to determine these. If you are Rh negative, you will need to discuss this with your doctor.
So there you have what is going on in your body during your first 10 weeks after conception. Whilst your body is undergoing all these marvellous changes it is normal for some moms to experience morning sickness as the body adjusts. The good news is that this usually is sorted out by your 10th or 12th week although with some moms it lasts all the way through their pregnancy. Luckily, these moms are in the minority and if you happen to be one of them, I can assure you that the end result, your baby, is worth it!!
I will be back next week with you and the changes to your
body during week 11 to week 20 of your pregnancy. Until then!
Yours in lifestyle newborn photography