The First Week of Pregnancy
The funny thing about being one-week pregnant is that your egg hasn’t even been fertilized yet. In the pregnancy cycle, your first week is counted as the first week of the menstrual cycle. So, when you’re one week pregnant, you’re not really pregnant at all! Sorry to disappoint, but you won’t actually see the first signs that you are pregnant for another three weeks or so!
Because it’s impossible to know the exact moment of conception, doctors base their due date estimates on the first day of your ovulation cycle (when your last period started). Normally, you ovulate about 14 days after the first day of your period. This is the best time to try and conceive. So, when you’re “medically” one week pregnant, you’re not “actually” pregnant!
When you’re ovulating, one egg (ova) is released. It travels down your fallopian tubes in the hope of becoming fertilized by your partner’s sperm. One successfully fertilized, it will move into your uterus.
So, while there are no signs and symptoms of pregnancy in the first week, you may already be growing a tiny egg waiting to be released, fertilized and become a baby in your uterus. The miracle of life begins!
Symptoms and what to expect in the First Week of Pregnancy
As we said above, week one is a funny anomaly used for calculation purposes. At this stage, you won’t experience any of the first signs of being pregnant (because you’re not technically pregnant at all!). You won’t feel any different from normal. Unfortunately, it’s too early to know if your attempts at conceiving a baby have been successful or not until about 7 days after the egg is fertilized. But there are one or two things you can start doing to prepare.
Pregnancy Week 1 To Do list
- Make sure you’re eating healthily, getting regular exercise and taking daily folic acid supplements. Obstetricians advise that healthy pregnant women should start taking this supplement 90 days before you start trying to conceive.
- You’ll want to find if this attempt has been successful out as quickly as possible. You might want to order some home pregnancy tests now. That way, they’ll arrive in time for you to test approximately the day before your next period is due.
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If you want to get ahead with what to expect, click here to check out the symptoms and developments of week 2 of pregnancy.
Useful Links for the Early Pregnancy Stages
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It’s never too early to start making positive lifestyle changes to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and give your child the best possible start in life.
Even though you’re not “technically” pregnant in the first week, it’s a great time to start learning about the changes in your body when you have conceived. Click here to find out about the very first tell-tale symptoms of pregnancy.