The earliest symptoms of pregnancy differ from person to person. For most, this is the month you discover you’re pregnant – and that positive pregnancy test (and a missed period) may be the only sign you have.
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 increased 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.
- 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.
- Consult with your doctor about any over-the-counter or prescription drugs you take.
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