How Your Baby Grows: Month 1

Article Courtesy of The March of Dimes

Your Baby

-Tiny limb buds, which will grow into arms and legs, appear.

-The heart and lungs begin to form. By the 22nd day, the heart starts to beat.

-The neural tube, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, begins to form.

-At the end of the first month, your baby is about 1/4 inch long.

Your Body

-Your body is making lots of hormones needed to grow a baby.

-Your breasts are slightly bigger and sore and may tingle.

-You may have morning sickness. Try eating crackers.

-You may crave some foods or hate foods you usually like.

Prenatal Care Guide

-Visit your health care provider for your first prenatal care checkup as soon as you think you are pregnant.

-Take a multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of the B vitamin folic acid every day to help reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.

-Ask your health care provider before taking any prescription drugs, over-the-counter products or herbal products.

-Stop smoking, drinking alcohol and taking recreational drugs.