At 14 days post ovulation a blood test can detect the pregnancy hormone hCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin) to confirm a pregnancy. The hCG level will be monitored by your fertility specialist till approximately 6-7 weeks into your pregnancy. At this gestation an ultrasound can then be performed.

Early pregnancy

At approximately 6-7 weeks into the pregnancy your fertility specialist will conduct a pregnancy scan. This scan is to confirm the presence of a fetal heartbeat. These scans are performed at Concept Fertility Centre by your fertility specialist. At this point, your fertility specialist will discharge you from Concept. Your GP can then provide you with information on the various antenatal services available within Western Australia, whether this be within the public or private sector.

At 7 weeks your baby is the size of a blueberry and is still considered an embryo. During this week the baby’s head and face are developing, the nostrils will appear, the mouth and tongue are forming and the eye lenses are forming. Brain cells are forming at an incredible rate of 100 per minute. Arms and legs begin to sprout and resemble paddles. The kidneys begin their important role of waste management as the baby will be shortly producing urine.

As your baby develops you may start experiencing early pregnancy symptoms including nausea, vomiting, Frequent urination, fatigue, tender and swollen breasts, food aversions and cravings. It is important to listen to your body at this time and ensure adequate sleep, hydration and nutrition. Smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption can have an adverse effect and be damaging to the developing baby and should be avoided. It is important to speak to your GP if you find yourself struggling physically or emotionally during this time.

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