How your baby grows – month 1

pregnant-coupleEvery Monday for the next nine weeks, I’ll be writing about the fascinating changes that occur within a developing baby and the changes a woman experiences during her pregnancy. Here’s what goes on in your first month.

Your baby:

By the end of the first month, your baby is about ¼ inch long. Tiny limb buds appear that will grow into your baby’s arms and legs. Your baby’s heart and lungs begin to form. By the 22nd day, the heart starts to beat. Your baby’s neural tube begins to form and will become the brain and spinal cord.

Your body:

Your body is making lots of hormones that help your baby grow. But hormones can make you feel moody and cranky. Your breasts may get bigger and may hurt and tingle. You may feel sick to your stomach. This is called morning sickness, even though it can happen at any time of day or night. (Try eating some crackers and smaller meals.) You may crave some foods or hate foods you usually like. You may feel very tired. It’s important to rest whenever you can.

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