1 Week Pregnant: For approximately the first 2 weeks or so of your pregnancy, you haven’t actually conceived your baby yet. Actually, if you’re 1 week pregnant, you’re most likely on your last period before conception.
Congratulations! You’re almost pregnant! That might be a little confusing, so let’s
explain. When you are 1 week pregnant, you
actually aren’t pregnant at all.
See, the exact date of conception is really hard to
track down and pinpoint. So, doctors decided to calculate your estimated due date from the beginning of your last
period. That’s because all women are able to pinpoint the start of their
period. This allows for much easier comparison between different pregnancies,
which is essential for medical professionals.
For approximately the first 2 weeks or so of your
pregnancy, you haven’t actually conceived your baby yet. Actually, if you’re 1
week pregnant, you’re most likely on your last period before conception. If you already know for sure that you are
pregnant, then you aren’t actually 1 week pregnant. You’re probably more
like 4 weeks pregnant but may even already be 6 weeks pregnant or even 8 weeks
pregnant since all women find out about their pregnancy at different stages.
Even so, it’s still super fun and interesting to learn about how your little
bub came to be when you were 1 week pregnant and 2 weeks pregnant!
1 Week Pregnant Symptoms
Since your first week of pregnancy is actually your
last period before conception, you can expect
normal period symptoms during this time.During your first week of pregnancy
– or rather, your period – your body is shedding the lining of the uterus.
The uterine lining, as well as the unfertilised egg
that you released in the previous menstrual cycle, exits your body through your
vagina. Every woman experiences slightly different period symptoms, but here is
some of what you can expect when it comes to 1 week pregnant symptoms:
1. Vaginal Bleeding
The most universal period symptom that every woman has
during her period is vaginal bleeding. The uterine lining that builds up during
each menstrual cycle sheds during this time. It exits the vagina as blood,
blood clots, and small amounts of tissue. This usually lasts 3-5 days, but some women experience longer or shorter periods
of bleeding during their menstrual cycle. Wear pads, tampons, or a menstrual
cup during this time to deal with the vaginal bleeding.
2. Abdominal Cramps
Another very common period symptom is abdominal cramps.
It isn’t unusual to feel some pain in your lower abdomen both in the front and
back. This stems from hormones and the way that your uterus muscles slightly
contract to help shed the uterine lining. Not all women experience abdominal
craps during their period, but most that do are able to go about their normal
lives with no issues. If your pain becomes severe, it’s a great idea to discuss excessive period pain with your
medical care provider.
Bloating is another common period symptom that many women
experience during what would be considered the first week of pregnancy.
Hormones involved in menstruation can potentially cause you to retain water,
which can lead to the heavy, somewhat
distended feeling you may have in your belly.
4. Mood Swings
It’s well-known that periods can lead to mood swings.
When your hormones are changing, like they do during menstruation, it makes
sense that your moods would be changing too. Hormone production has a huge impact on your mood. Get ready,
because period mood swings are only the start. Once your pregnancy hormones are
in full swing, you can likely expect a lot more mood swings – often even more
intense than the ones you may experience during your period.
1 Week Pregnant Baby Size
Since you aren’t actually
pregnant during the first week of pregnancy, there is no baby quite yet. However, the egg that will become your baby is
already in one of your ovaries. Interestingly, a woman is born with all the
eggs she will ever have already stored safely away in her ovaries.
At approximately 0.1mm across, the egg is the largest
cell of the entire human body. That also makes it the only human cell that you
can actually see with the naked eye. During
this first week of pregnancy, that little egg cell awaits its long journey in
1 Week Pregnant Belly Size
Since at 1 week pregnant, conception hasn’t actually
occurred yet, your uterus and therefore belly won’t be growing at this point.
You certainly may experience some bloating, though. This can make your belly
look and feel a little bit bigger, but it is only a temporary period symptom
for now. Your uterus won’t be undergoing
the changes of pregnancy quite yet.
1 Week Pregnant Tests
There wouldn’t really be any testing to be done at 1
week pregnant, but don’t worry as there will be many tests along the way. If
you already know that you are pregnant, you are actually a few weeks ahead and
have already taken a pregnancy test to get a positive result! Congrats if
that’s the case!
If not and you actually are at what would be
considered 1 week pregnant, you may be looking for tips on how to conceive. What would be considered the first week of
the 40 weeks of pregnancy is actually the start of your menstrual cycle and a
great time to consider how to increase your chances of conception in the next
couple weeks.Ovulation tests can be a
wonderful tool to help you conceive and get pregnant.
They work similarly to pregnancy tests. You simply
wait until you know you should be close to ovulating and start taking the tests
daily until you get a positive result.
Once you do get a positive ovulation test, you know
it’s go-time! This would be prime time
to have sex with your partner for your best chances of conception. Once you
are ovulating, the egg can be fertilised
for up to 12-24 hours after it is released. Of course, don’t be afraid to
get it on before your positive ovulation test! Sperm can actually live in the female body for up to 5 days. So,
the more you do the deed leading up to the time your egg is released, the more
likely it is to be fertilised!
1 Week Pregnant Ultrasounds
It is extremely unlikely
that you would have an ultrasound at 1 week pregnant. That’s because you
wouldn’t actually know yet that you are starting the 40-week journey to
motherhood at 1 week pregnant. Plus, even if you did have an ultrasound at this
point, there wouldn’t be anything to
look at except a small, empty uterus. Don’t worry, though, by the time your
first ultrasound does come around – things get much more interesting!
1 Week Pregnant Checklist
So, the first
week of your pregnancy actually happens before you are really pregnant. If
you actually are at this point in your cycle and hoping to conceive, it’s a
great time to go ahead and start
preparing your body for your pregnancy! Good things to do at this point
Start taking a prenatal vitamin
Work on eating a healthy diet
Quit smoking if you are a smoker
Avoid or at least reduce caffeine intake to no more
than 200 mg per day
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