You're pregnant! How exciting are those first weeks! What can you expect and what do you have to pay attention to? Maybe you want to shout it from the rooftops? But in the first phase of your pregnancy, things can go wrong.
Dare to enjoy!
No matter how exciting everything is, just dare to enjoy it too! And besides that, of course everything has to be arranged, such as informing your insurance company, looking for an obstetrician, informing your doctor, you name it. We have put everything in order for you as clearly as possible.
After you keep that positive pregnancy test in your hands, everything has to happen. Maybe you think it's a nice idea to keep a pregnancy diary? Then this is the right moment! To forget nothing, we have here a short checklist what should be arranged in the first weeks.
01) Do a pregnancy test
02) Calculate your delivery date
03) Inform your doctor and pharmacy (so that they can take medication into account).
04) If you want a prenatal test, ask your doctor for a referral.
05) Appointment at the dentist? Tell him too.
06) Call your insurance company for the application of a maternity package.
07) Ask at your favorite daycare if there is a waiting list.
08) Go in search of a midwife!
09) Regulate maternity care.
10) Give up for Mothers for Mothers.
11) Make an appointment for a first ultrasound.
12) After 10 weeks you can stop swallowing folic acid.
13) Register for a pregnancy course
14) If necessary: In week 10 or 11, arrange a double test for the detection of chromosomal abnormalities (Down syndrome)
The very beginning
After fertilization, nothing happens for a few hours, but then the fertilized egg (zygote) begins to divide. Very soon it becomes a bunch of dozens of cells. After four days, there are more than a hundred. The egg is now called blastocyst and looks like a small berry. This cluster of cells is pushed to the uterus by cilia on the inner wall of your fallopian tube. Here he does five to seven days. By the end of this week, the cluster of cells begins to attach to the uterine wall (implantation).
In the meantime your uterus is being prepared (under the influence of estrogen and progesterone). The implantation can be accompanied by a little blood loss.
Droplets of blood
So do not be alarmed if you lose a few drops of blood within six to ten days. If it is more than a few drops, you better contact your midwife.
More than a few drops of blood?
If you suffer from a larger bleeding, it can also be a sign of a miscarriage, especially when it is accompanied by abdominal cramps. If you want certainty about this, it is best to contact your midwife immediately. Your midwife will probably make an ultrasound to see if everything is still going well.
A bleeding can also occur with an ectopic pregnancy. The embryo has nestled outside the uterus and probably has done so in one of the fallopian tubes. Fortunately this does not happen very often. However, in that case it is not possible to keep your child because this gives you a life-threatening situation.
Your baby's growth
In this period your child grows from one fertilized cell to a mini child of 6.5 cm in the twelfth week! He can then even take all the umbilical cord gently. Look at what you can expect in our pregnancy calendar per week.
In the first period of your pregnancy you can also suffer from various pregnancy ailments, such as: breast tenderness, constipation, morning sickness, bleeding gums, et cetera. Fortunately, not everyone suffers from this. You may notice that you are tired a little faster and sleep deeper than usual. The latter is not so surprising, because your body is going to produce 40% more blood and your kidneys have to work very hard for this. Your areola will become larger and darker in color and you may suffer from swollen and / or tender breasts. Your heart will also beat faster in this period (about 15 beats per minute).
The hormones not only make you feel nauseous, but your mood can also change quickly. They can also make sure that you may suffer more from acne. Fortunately, this will have disappeared in many cases after the third month.
Double test - Research into Down syndrome
In week 10 or 11 you can carry out a double test. This test serves for the detection of chromosomal abnormality (Down syndrome). The test is done through a blood test. Herein the content of PAPP-A and hCG is examined. The test offers no diagnosis, but only a probability calculation. The result is known within a week.