181-4 Weeks: Strawberry Seed
There are telltale signs to determine that a woman may be expecting a child before taking an official test. One indication of pregnancy is a missed menstrual period. Other signs are nausea, sore breasts, and frequent urination. Fatigue can also start as early as one week into the pregnancy. It’s
partially caused by an increase in the hormone progesterone.
Many women choose to test for pregnancy with home tests first because they are fast, convenient, relatively inexpensive, and 97 percent accurate. Urine tests can detect pregnancy about one to two weeks after conception. A blood test should also be taken as blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests. If a pregnancy test or a pelvic exam reveals a baby is on the way, this marks the beginning of the first trimester.
The baby will develop quickly within the first month. The amniotic sac will surround the fertilized egg to protect it throughout the pregnancy. The placenta develops to transport nourishment from the bloodstream to the baby. The baby’s mouth, throat, blood cells, and circulation begin to develop. By week four, the baby—technically an embryo—is about 2 millimeters long. If an expecting mother is one-month pregnant, her baby is about the size of a tiny seed, such as a strawberry seed.