The 1st Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 2-7

Congratulations! You’re embarking on a magical 9-month journey as you share your growing baby’s milestones and developments! Moms are particularly privileged in being able to experience firsthand the joys of pregnancy, but like all journeys you might experience a few bumps and discomforts along the way. Below is a brief week-by-week explanation of what you can expect in terms of changes in your body and feelings.

2nd Week

It’s difficult to determine at which exact point in time the egg is fertilized by the sperm and when the gestational period begins, so doctors calculate a pregnant woman’s due date based on the first day of her last period, which is why women are considered to be 2 weeks pregnant when the fertilization occurs. During your 2nd week, the uterus – which would have shed its lining during your last period – will be establishing a new bed of rich tissue designed to nurture a new fetus. Your ovaries will be preparing to release a ripening egg if you’re having a single baby, or two eggs (or more) if you’re going to be pregnant with fraternal multiples.

3rd Week

During your 3rd week, your ovary will finally release one egg (or more in the case of multiple pregnancies) into your fallopian tube and conception will occur. Around this time you might experience spotting or bleeding, which indicates that the blastocyst has implanted itself into your uterus.

4th Week

If you’re expecting your period at the end of this week and it turns out to be a no-show, you might want to take a home pregnancy test to determine whether you’re pregnant. If your test comes out positive, schedule your first prenatal appointment, stop drinking alcohol and smoking, and consult with their doctor before taking any type of medication. Pregnancy symptoms around this week tend to be similar to those experienced during your period, such as sore breasts, moodiness and fatigue.

5th Week

There won’t be any outward signs of pregnancy that you can show off yet, but your body will be undergoing hormonal changes that will trigger pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, sore breasts, frequent trips to the bathroom, and fatigue. Consider adopting a pregnancy-friendly exercise routine that your doctor approves of in order to ease some pregnancy aches, reduce your stress, and manage the extra weight you’ll be putting on as your pregnancy progresses.

6th Week

Morning sickness becomes stronger during the 6th week, so make sure to keep yourself hydrated if you vomit often. You might also begin to crave certain foods around now, but be careful what you eat and drink: your baby will be busily developing its organs at this stage, and consuming alcohol, medications, and certain types of foods can interfere with your baby’s development. This is a good time to schedule your first prenatal appointment if you haven’t done so already. Talk to your doctor immediately if you experience bleeding, abdominal pains, or pass blood clots or grayish/pinkish tissue, as these might be initial signs of a miscarriage.

7th Week

For most women, morning sickness begins to reach its peak around this week, and eating isn’t always a pleasant affair. Since your body is rapidly increasing its blood volume, your kidneys will be processing extra fluid, and as your uterus grows it will be placing more pressure on your bladder, sending you on frequent trips to the bathroom. In addition to continuing to experience symptoms of early pregnancy, you might put on or lose a couple of kilograms, which is normal. Women pregnant with multiples tend to put on weight more rapidly at this stage, experience itchiness around their abdomen, feel a heaviness in their pelvis or vagina, feel more fatigued, develop varicose veins, and have a greater tendency to retain water.