The moment of conception is technically when you first became pregnant, but obstetricians don’t calculate the age of your baby this way. Doctors use the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) to calculate your due date. A gestational age (weeks pregnant) calculated in this way erroneously assumes pregnancy to have begun approximately 2 weeks before conception.
Are you ready to conceive? You’re approaching your “fertile period” during the second week of pregnancy. Women can be fertile for five days before and 24 hours after ovulation, and sperm can survive in your vagina and reproductive tract for up to five days after ejaculation. Sex regularly this week can significantly boost your chance of conception..
By the third week of pregnancy, you likely ovulated last week. If you did ovulated, and the egg met the sperm, you are formally pregnant. Congratulations! Many women don’t realize that they’ve conceived until next week – when they miss their period. It may be too early to take a home pregnancy test this week.
The cardinal early sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Suspicion of pregnancy is increased if you had unprotected intercourse a week or two earlier than your expected period. A missed period may signal – conception (fertilization of the egg) and implantation (the embryo attaching to the uterus) has occurred. By the time you realize you have missed a period you will start feeling some early pregnancy symptoms.
You will start to notice subtle changes in your body and soon the early symptoms of pregnancy will begin, the most noticeable being morning sickness. At this very moment, embryonic tissues are already forming a structure that will soon become your little one’s heart. It won’t be long before his or her little heart starts beating!
Are you experiencing early pregnancy symptoms yet? Some pregnant women notice that their breasts are more tender than normal, some experience tingling and mild cramping, while others feel the slight twinge of nausea. Don’t worry if you haven’t noticed any change yet. A lack of symptoms does not mean that anything is wrong.
Are you on the lookout for your “bump at 7 weeks pregnant?” If you are like most newly pregnant women, you are probably spending a lot of time standing in front of the mirror, trying to spot your pregnancy bump. Though it will be weeks before you start showing, you may notice a tiny pooch or belly in your lower abdomen.
By now you may be anxious to share your precious miracle with the world around you. You are probably feeling very pregnant now. At 8 weeks pregnant, you are halfway through your first trimester. Though your pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and fatigue, continue in full swing, it won’t be long until you start to feel better.
From the moment you announce your pregnancy to all of your relatives, friends or even distant acquaintances, you should be prepared to be bombarded with tons of advice! This often continues even after you have your baby, and sometimes you may be confused about the best thing to do.
You’re speeding through your first trimester. Are you feeling better? Most moms get some relief from early pregnancy symptoms, such as morning sickness and fatigue, as they progress through their first trimester. In the second trimester, you should feel remarkably better and you’ll have more energy to boot!
By now you probably look a little pregnant. While you may not be showing a lot, especially if this is your first baby, the people around you might start to notice your growing belly. If you’ve been pregnant before, you will start showing much earlier due to your relaxed abdominal muscles.
As first trimester symptoms are starting to disappear, new symptoms will start to crop up, such as common skin changes associated with pregnancy. Have you ever heard the saying that pregnant women have a special “glow” about them? In some women, the increased blood flow and the increased levels of estrogen give them a beautiful, rosy complexion, or a “pregnancy glow.”