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Your healthcare professional will confirm your pregnancy, determine the date of conception, and monitor fetal developments during the first twelve weeks. To determine how old the baby is, physicians use the first day of the mother's last menstrual period, rather than trying to pin down a time of conception. This timeline will give you a better sense of what to expect.
Morning sickness, appetite changes, heightened sense of smell
Conception, blastocyst development, embryo formation
Check for pregnancy at home with a urine test
Schedule an appointment with your physician (most doctors will want to wait until 8-12 weeks for an initial examination)
Call your doctor immediately if you experience extreme nausea, fevers, vaginal discomfort or bleeding, leg pains, discomfort during urination, or severe headaches
Talk to your physician about your delivery environment, whether you'll be giving birth at home, the hospital, or a birthing center
Get referrals for health professionals who will assist during delivery
Continued morning sickness, frequent urination, fatigue
Formation of the brain, heart, nervous system, head, facial features
Between weeks 8 and 18, some doctors will perform an ultrasound to determine conception and due dates; this is more accurate earlier in the pregnancy
Focus on balancing your diet; cravings or appetite loss can affect when and what you eat
Slight growth around your waistline, mood fluctuations, faster hair and nail growth
Formation of arms, legs, genitals, nails, circulatory system; fetus completely formed at 12 weeks
Your first prenatal checkup