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You might have noticed some unusual changes and started to wonder: Could I be… pregnant?

Or you might not observe any early signs of pregnancy except that your period is late. Either way, you can take a home pregnancy test that will confirm your pregnancy, and then visit your doctor for a medical checkup and to schedule the rest of your prenatal appointments.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at One Month Pregnant

Early signs of pregnancy at one month pregnant aren’t necessarily the most noticeable; however, they can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Spotting
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Sore or tender breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Food cravings and aversions
  • Missed period.

Keep in mind that at one month pregnant, you may not experience most or any of these changes or conditions. Instead, you might first suspect you could be pregnant when you notice your period is late, and then that you’ve missed your period altogether.

One Month Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Embryonic development: After conception, the fertilised egg will travel from the uterine tube to the uterus and will implant in the uterine lining. The egg starts out as one single cell, which then begins to divide once fertilised, so that by the time it reaches the womb, the fertilised egg is now an embryo made up of over 100 cells. This embryo will implant itself into the uterine wall, where it will grow and develop. In the early weeks of pregnancy, the embryo still is attached to a tiny yolk sac from which it gets its nourishment while the placenta is still developing.

Changes to your body: When you find out you're pregnant, you might react in different ways than you expected. Conception usually happens two weeks following your last period, assuming you have a regular 28 day cycle, so in the first four weeks of pregnancy you’re unlikely to notice any symptoms. The first sign is a skipped period, although you may get a little implantation bleeding. Aside from the early pregnancy symptoms described above, like enlarged or sore breasts, perhaps some morning sickness, you might not notice too many other physical changes.

What Are the Pregnancy Months?

Pregnancies last nine months, right? Well, kind of. Pregnancies are typically about 40 weeks long, that’s around 280 days starting from the first day of your last menstrual period, and most women go into labour some point between 38 and 42 weeks. Also, sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact date of conception.

That’s why pregnancies are usually measured in weeks rather than months, and why you’ll hear references to ‘week 12’ or ‘week 32’ for example. You’ll also notice references to the ‘pregnancy trimesters’. The three pregnancy trimesters are:

So, how do you determine how many months pregnant you are? There are different ways of calculating this, but usually this is counted from the date of your last period.

Due date calculator: At one month pregnant, you’ll be eager to know when to expect your newborn, and the Pampers Due Date Calculator is a handy tool to give you an estimate. If you have irregular periods or you can’t remember the date of the first day of your last menstrual period, you can confirm how far along you are during with a dating scan. You’ll usually be offered this from 8 to 14 weeks.

One Month Pregnant Quick List

  • Find out if you’re pregnant: You can find out you’re pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test from the first day you’ve missed your period, or if you have an irregular cycle, then take it 21 days after the last time you had unprotected sex.
  • Get a checkup: Head to your GP or book an appointment with a midwife, who’ll be able to confirm your pregnancy via tests, including measuring your levels of the hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Your doctor or midwife will also be able to give you guidance on the available pregnancy care services in your area, as well as talk to you about any appointments and checkups you’ll need to keep over the next nine months (or so).
  • Pregnancy nutrition: Speak to your midwife or doctor about healthy pregnancy nutrition and what pregnancy vitamins or supplements might be right for you.
  • Refocus on your health: Try to quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking, and try to reduce stress.
  • Check in with your feelings: This is an emotional time. Some of this may be chalked up to changes in your hormone levels, which can make you feel more emotional, or you may feel a wave of feelings about your pregnancy. Talk to your GP or a midwife for some advice. Rest up, and speak to loved ones about how you are feeling.
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