Your Pregnancy - - Month By Month -

Preg­nancy hor­mones kick in as soon as sperm meets egg and the first ef­fects of this pow­er­ful hor­monal cock­tail can be felt in your breasts. Firstly your boobs may feel ten­der, full, swollen, itchy and sen­si­tive – not un­like the feel­ing you may get when you get your pe­riod, only a lot more pro­nounced. For some women this feel­ing does not start for a few weeks, but for oth­ers the “painful to touch” sen­sa­tion oc­curs within days of conception. As your preg­nancy pro­gresses, your boobs may be­come in­creas­ingly ten­der as they pre­pare them­selves for breast­feed­ing. Apart from feel­ing dif­fer­ent, they may look dif­fer­ent too – your are­o­las (the area around your nip­ple) may darken in colour and get big­ger.

In the long run, once your baby has ar­rived, hav­ing darker, big­ger are­ola helps your baby lo­cate your nip­ple

About five to ten days af­ter conception, the de­vel­op­ing em­bryo tries to at­tach it­self to the uterus wall. Some women, but def­i­nitely not all, may ex­pe­ri­ence what is known as im­plan­ta­tion bleed­ing. It’s much lighter than your nor­mal pe­riod and much ear­lier, and will not look red like your nor­mal pe­riod, but more like a light to medium pink. It ap­pears as spot­ting in your un­der­wear. Im­plan­ta­tion bleed­ing is pain­less – if you do ex­pe­ri­ence some pain or back­ache, con­sult your care­giver.


Does ev­ery­thing sud­denly smell re­ally strong? Not only does ev­ery­thing smell much stronger, but usu­ally much worse too. The the­ory is that this is your body’s way of pro­tect­ing you and your still very vul­ner­a­ble de­vel­op­ing baby from po­ten­tially harm­ful tox­ins, such as



The need to pee a lot and your sud­den on­set of nau­sea and po­ten­tially vom­it­ing may have you set­ting up camp in your bath­room. For most women these two very com­mon preg­nancy symp­toms set in two to three weeks af­ter conception (but there are a few who re­port them sooner). In the first trimester, your body ups its work­load clear­ing tox­ins and in­creas­ing its blood vol­ume, which has an im­pact on your kid­neys and there­fore your need to wee – a lot. In the later months your en­larged uterus and baby put the squeeze on your blad­der, so that you need to pee of­ten.

Nau­sea and vom­it­ing (morn­ing sick­ness) can ap­pear fairly soon af­ter conception, as your preg­nancy hor­mones take their toll on your body. There are an es­ti­mated lucky 25 per­cent who do not ex­pe­ri­ence any preg­nancy re­lated queasi­ness, but for 75 per­cent this is a give­away that you should take a test.

De­spite all these other lit­tle signs, for most women the first early sign that a baby is grow­ing in there is the clas­sic missed pe­riod.

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