First month of pregnancy Pregnancy month by month

pregnancy month after month

The first month of pregnancy. For some it passes completely imperceptibly, for others it lasts forever, lasting many months or even years. Sometimes it is the result of complete spontaneity or, on the contrary, of intense, planned effort. How was it with us? I invite you to the series of posts "pregnancy month by month".


How long does the first month of pregnancy last?

It is assumed that the first month of pregnancy is counted from the date of the last menstrual period and lasts 28 days, which is equal to four weeks. When our pregnancy is one month old, our baby is actually only a few or a dozen days old - counted from fertilization.


Whole pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, so you can already see that the pregnancy counted from the first day of the last menstrual period lasts closer to 10 than 9 months, which was an unpleasant surprise for me, sitting like on high heels, counting the days until its happy ending.



When is the best time to do a pregnancy test?

As a standard, a pregnancy test is recommended only on the day of your expected period. Sticking to this deadline, if you have at least 28 day cycles, you will learn about your pregnancy in the first days, but in the second month of pregnancy.


In practice, a positive pregnancy test can be seen both on a few days before the expected date of menstruation, and only a few days after. Why?


It all depends on which day of the cycle we had ovulation, how quickly the fertilization and implantation of the embryo in the wall of the uterus took place. Both home (from urine) and laboratory (from blood) pregnancy tests detect presence in the body HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone not produced until 24 hours after implantation in the uterine wall. For this to happen, ovulation must first occur, which should occur at least 12 days before the expected period, but it can also be different. Stress or travel can disrupt even the most regular cycle. The egg can only be fertilized 12-24 hours after ovulation, after which time the unfertilized egg dies. The fertilized egg still has to travel to the uterus and establish itself there, which usually takes 5 to 10 days, and some sources say up to 12 days.


Thus in practice, you can count on a positive pregnancy test both a few days before and only a few days after the expected period, it all depends on the day you ovulated and implanted. If you are pregnant, the later you do a pregnancy test, the greater the chance that it will be a positive result.


Due to the fact that the level of HCG hormone in the initial period doubles every two to three days, the first test line that appears on a test done around your expected period may be very pale, but this does not interfere with the interpretation of the pregnancy test result as positive. Repeated test of the same brand the next day will probably give a darker second line.



What home pregnancy test should you choose?

We stand out among home pregnancy tests strip, plate and stream.


Personally, I have never used pregnancy test strips for a very simple reason - I wanted a nice souvenir, so I chose the plate and stream ones, which are much more solid and probably better survive the years in the "chest of memories".


Home pregnancy tests have different sensitivitygiven by the manufacturer on the packaging. The most popular are from 10 and 25 mlU / ml. However, my experience has shown that more than one pregnancy test with a lower sensitivity, i.e. 25 mlU / ml, gave a much more visible test line than the one with a higher sensitivity - 10 mlU / ml, even on the next day. I also noticed that the different brands of plate pregnancy tests always produced a more intense second dash than the different brands of streaming tests, no matter how they were used (there are two options described in the manual).


Digital pregnancy tests, also called electronic pregnancy tests, are also new on the Polish market, so far I have seen them mainly in foreign photographs.


How and when to do a blood pregnancy test?

The principle for calculating the day of a blood pregnancy test is the same as for the home pregnancy test, but the result is even more reliable.


HCG or Beta HCG?


Beta HCG is a subunit of HCG, and therefore its constituent part. Colloquially, we talk about the HCG result, while in the test we determine the value of blood concentration just bHCG. Regardless of whether you order an HCG or Beta HCG test, the ladies at the counter will know what test to perform.


You can test the Beta HCG level in almost any laboratory, you do not need a doctor's referraland you will pay about PLN 25-45 for the examination. You do not need to fasting and you can do this test at any time of the day. You will wait for the result from several hours to several days - in large cities and large laboratories, the result will be only 2-3 hours and it will be available on-line, which is extremely convenient and allows you to keep the privacy and intimacy of the moment. On the other hand, in many small towns and laboratories, where orders for this test are proportionately few, although blood samples are taken from patients every day, the test is performed only 2-3 times a week, and the results are usually issued on the spot.


A single elevated Beta HCG result indicates pregnancy, but it doesn't indicate whether pregnancy is developing properly. To determine and substantiate this, you must do it re-determination of Beta HCG in the blood of 48-72 hours later, and the result should generally double. If the result has increased much more, it can indicate a twin pregnancy. Too slow growth may indicate an ectopic pregnancy or may be the first worrying pregnancy parameter.


Beta HCG increment in time you do not have to specify yourself, you can use ready-made online calculators. For example, my results were as follows:


HCG Beta calculator

While the blood pregnancy test is more reliable, in our first pregnancy, both the platelet and the laboratory tests came out negative on the first day of testing. However, after two days, both the plate test with a sensitivity of 25 mlU / ml and the laboratory blood test gave a positive result. So in our experience, both types of tests are equally effective and give us information just as quickly.


How did I find out and tell my husband about pregnancy?

In the first pregnancy, while waiting for a positive result, I performed pregnancy tests myself. I also went to the blood test in secret and prepared a real surprise for my husband (I think that this material is just right for a separate post). Thus, the topic of surprises is already behind us, so each time we waited for the joyful news together, staring at this small piece of plastic and counting down to three minutes.


This time we were expecting to be pregnant for the fourth time, as always, we had a lot of pregnancy tests of all brands on hand and high hopes. The day before, we set the alarm clock for 5:00 - it's an hour earlier than we should get up to work, so that in case of a positive result, we could stay in bed and enjoy the moment.


It was our second month of effort, 27 day of the cycle, name day of Mikołaj, so of course Mikołajki. We specially chose this day to do the test because we deeply felt that the best gift was waiting for us. In the morning we did the first platelet pregnancy test and it was then, at 5: 05, that we saw the pale scarlet, the second dart. It was a wonderful moment when we learned that we became parents for the fifth time.


After a while, we repeated the test and enjoyed the view:

27 positive platelet pregnancy test day of the cycle


And these are our first photos, taken when I knew I was carrying the Next Life.

pregnancy month by month the first month of pregnancy

Admit that Mikuś has a face, as if he already felt that he would have to share gifts with someone else soon 😉



During the first two days of the first month, in which I already knew about pregnancy, I did not have any nagging symptoms, although enlarged blood vessels were already noticeable on my neckline.


Medical care, research

Due to the fact that there are two miscarriages behind us, our pregnancy has been under the care of medical care and appropriate pharmacological support, selected on the basis of past miscarriage diagnostics and the history of previous pregnancies.


The tests I did in the first month of pregnancy, on the 28 day of the cycle, are:


  • Beta HCG to confirm a positive pregnancy result


Record of first month of pregnancy


What I like the first month of pregnancy for

For the great excitement about the New Life, a fulfilled dream, siblings and a friend for Mikuś. For the enormity of wonderful plans for the future, fulfillment in the role of mother. Plus, no pregnancy problems.


For the mystery that only I and my husband know, and the emotions that stir in us. For this feeling of love for each other, although we thought that you can no longer love more.


For what I do not like the first month of pregnancy

For a secret ... on the one hand, a man would like to shout the happy news to the whole world, break into the priority cash register in Ikea and choose to shop for life, but common sense dictates to hold back for a moment.


For uncertainty ... We have Three Children in Heaven. Not a day goes by without us not thinking about the great loss of not having them in our lives. Each pregnancy is a tremendous gift of new life, it is a moment when all the good and love of this world flows over us. A gift so delicate and sensitive that in an instant it can turn into an unimaginable and endless void. After experiencing it, we already know exactly what to fear.


My weight

My starting weight at the end of 1 the first month of pregnancy is 62,2 kg with an increase of 162 cm.



Nothing yet.



Nothing yet.



No change. Not enough 😉


Favorite cosmetics

This is just ahead of me.


Baby movements

Of course not yet.



Wonderful! Joy fills every piece of my body and every thought.


Pregnancy clothes

The time will come for them. If you are already interested in pregnancy fashion, check out my post about it how to build a capsule maternity wardrobe.


Shopping for a child

There was no madness and shopping. Although I remember that on this day I bought gifts for people from our company and Christmas decorations at the market. I have skipped the children's section, however.


Shopping for me

Take it easy, nothing here.


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  • Aga

    our madness ... we've been trying for half a year. we have a 15-month-old daughter at home (a volcano of energy). the period is late a week so I did the test ... pale line 2 days later bleeding the doctor ordered a second test to be done t
    already clearer… in 5 days another test was ordered and in the meantime the bleeding ended and…. kg we have a surprised dark clear line after 15 seconds on the test made during the day. I lost my mind… I don't have a visit to the doctor until Wednesday…. looking forward to the ultrasound

    • Agnieszka Kudela

      I keep my fingers crossed !!

  • Elżbieta

    Great article Agnieszka, I see that you were going through the same thing that I am going through at the moment 😀 I am a bundle of nerves this is my first pregnancy and I do not understand what is happening with my body, let alone these hormones etc.: d I check my HCG level on the internet. A friend recommended a calculator to me and its results calm me down between visits to the gynecologist. He himself told me that the level of this hormone is very important, which is why I pay so much attention to it. I have a freak like every woman in the first pregnancy 😀

  • Esperansa

    Hello, I did the tests, as you can see in the picture, probably 8. In the picture I see 2 lines but they are pale. I got some bleeding today. What does it mean, what should I think about it

    • 22.06.2018

      I would do a blood pregnancy test as soon as possible and go to the doctor with the result, if there is pregnancy, I may need medication to keep my pregnancy.

  • 05.03.2018

    Wonderful! How did the beta come out?

  • 14.04.2017

    Hehe, that's why the women who measure the temperature are ahead - they will know almost immediately that someone has appeared. 😉

    • 14.04.2017

      This is true. Thanks to measurements before pregnancy I knew that I had luteal disability, studies only confirmed this.

  • 14.04.2017

    Thank you for your words. You don't even know how sorry I am. We must have hope, it drives us to act, look for appropriate solutions, help. Everyone told me, slow down, let go, wait, try next year, maybe the problem will solve itself. If I had no hope, I would not have the strength to put my way, I would not have found the appropriate help and probably would not be a happy mother to this day. Beloved, I wish you happiness too <3

  • 14.04.2017

    My husband never expressed the desire to have children. When I started the conversation, he just agreed. And when he found out he had succeeded, and the first time I don't remember him being excited. Rather scared.
    When she got pregnant for a second time, I felt like I had done something wrong and didn't know how to tell him about it. He often expressed that he did not want to have more children, but after many persuasions he succumbed to me until finally I do not know how, he figured it out himself 🙂 and it was said "what I am crazy about" heh
    I envy you getting into this moment together 🙂

    • 14.04.2017

      But the husband summed up nicely - the truth itself. Each of us has a different history and experience, so we react differently to the news of becoming a parent. Often, excitement is blocked by fear, which in turn results from the high bar that is set for itself. The most important thing after that is real everyday life 🙂

  • Anna Szymska

    Good luck, I think I know 7 what you felt in the first and subsequent months. This fear ... I also have a son in heaven and the next pregnancy, After long efforts, I was afraid all the time that something would be wrong again. But luckily everything ended well, which I wish you, and I already have my 8-month-old daughter with me

    • 14.04.2017

      Thank you Anna. I am very sorry that you were not spared by fate, I am very glad that you had hope, strength and that you have your Little Treasure here with you. We have constant research, results, drugs, new drugs, new doses, the fight goes on all the time, but I keep believing and counting. There is so much behind us, so little is left to be happily together on this side of the belly ...

  • KaroDeco

    Mikusia's face rules 😀

    • 13.04.2017

      Truth? To this day, if I ask him if he will give away all his toys, he says yes! And a cot too! I wonder how it will not count on too much 😉 and you had problems with jealousy?

    • KaroDeco

      Sweet is 😀
      In Poland, without jealousy, there is a lot of divisions during pregnancy and after childbirth, but now it's a 'fight' 😀 Sometimes you can go mad from screams, crying, squeaks, and sometimes we laugh at it. After some time, great love again, kisses, hugs, to return to the ring in a while 😉 hihi

    • 14.04.2017

      I have an older sister, beloved, get used to it better, we only passed some 10-15 years later 😉

  • 13.04.2017

    Thank you very much 🙂