Does pregnancy change you?
Does abortion change you?
Conceiving a new life is going to change you: physically & emotionally.
You will want to confirm your pregnancy and schedule an ultrasound to date the pregnancy.
The start of pregnancy is the first day of your last menstrual period, or what is called the “gestational age/menstrual age,” so the medical professional will ask about your last menstrual period (LMP). It is about two weeks ahead of when conception actually occurs.
The baby will change throughout your pregnancy as the time is divided into three stages called trimesters.
Each trimester is a set of approximately three months.
In the first trimester:
- 3 weeks: a blood test can show the mother is pregnant
- 5 weeks: the heart is the first organ to function and beats 21 days after fertilization
- 6 weeks: the beating heart can be seen on an ultrasound
- 7-8 weeks: eyes, nose, mouth, and ears are becoming visible
- 9-10 weeks: all the major organs and systems have been formed
- 11-12 weeks: arms and legs are fully formed; fingernails and toenails appear
You and the baby are most vulnerable during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. Most miscarriages (80%) are within the first three months. Why? No medical professional can say for certain why a pregnancy has stopped growing, but about 50% of all miscarriages are due to chromosomal abnormalities.
Sometimes there are no signs of miscarriage, and not until your first ultrasound do you know you’ve lost the pregnancy.
PRC Grand Rapids offers free pregnancy services, without insurance. CALL: 616-456-6873
Remember: Love yourself right where you are, so you can decide where it is you are going to go.