-Uterine Lining Starts to Build and Thicken to Receive the Egg!
A 1 week pregnant woman is anxious and jittery as she does not know a thing about what changes are going on in her body, especially if this is her first pregnancy.
Most of the women do not know the exact day when they conceived. If you are 1 week pregnant, you may not even be certain that you actually are carrying.
If you are aware of the day your last period started, you can easily know about your approximate due date to deliver.
It will be a bit confusing for everybody to remember to start counting from the day your period starts. But the fact is that you will not become pregnant 2 weeks after the day your period starts.
For example, if your doctor says you are 12 weeks pregnant, then the period of conception is approximately 10 weeks ago.
First week of pregnancy usually refers to the fertile period of the month, the egg fecundation and the way your body receives the changes.
When you plan to conceive, take time to make your body ready for maternity. Begin to plan early, so that you and your baby are not exposed to unnecessary risks during the pregnancy.
From the 1st week of pregnancy, start to take vitamin supplements or prenatal vitamins. Quit smoking, give up any alcohol consumption, and restrain from taking over-the-counter medication. Begin with good habits before planning for conception, so that you can give your baby the best possible start.
How to determine the fertile period in a woman?
You will feel a large amount of clear discharge throughout your fertile days. If your discharge is abundant, slippery, stretchy and clear, then you are at the peak time of fertilization. During this time, there is a great chance for you to conceive.
The cervical mucus during your fertile peak is stretchy and you can test it by stretching it between your fingers. Make sure your hands are very clear when you do the mucus test.
Another way to know about your fertile days is by using basal body temperature monitoring. It is an effective and natural way to know about your fertile days. In the first 2 weeks of your menstrual cycle, your body temperature should be less than normal. You should take your basal temperature immediately after you wake up in the morning because only then it is relevant.
Typically your body temperature falls between 97.0 and 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit. However, during ovulation period, your body temperature rises due to the increased levels of progesterone. The temperature rise is between .4 and .6 degrees during ovulation and remains within these limits for 48 hours when the ovulation peaks.
First week of pregnancy symptoms and physical changes that occur in your body
Your body will not witness much of physical change when you are only 1 week pregnant. You might not be exactly hungry during this week but the abrupt hormonal changes may make you feel depressed or frustrated.
Some women might notice they urinate more often and some may notice a change in the breasts size and sensibility. Blood veins may become more visible on the breasts and some women may feel a slight unbearable tension in the same area.
Women may experience few 1 week pregnant symptoms. The most common pregnancy symptoms you may experience during ovulation are some mild cramping. You may experience this on one or both sides of your stomach.
While some women have no signs whatsoever in the 1 week pregnancy, others may feel tired, exhausted, dizzy and faint because of the low blood pressure. The signs vary from person to person; so a woman must not expect the same symptoms her best friend had while she was 1 week pregnant.
Internal changes that occur when you are 1 week pregnant
In the first week, the menstrual period will be late and the uterine lining will start to build and thicken to receive the egg. The egg will attach to the uterus lining in the 7th day of pregnancy, which is the end of the first week.
What exactly happens with your baby during pregnancy week 1?
After fertilization the cell starts to divide. 1 week fetus is actually a blastocyst on the way to become a zygote. You should know that the zygote contains the chromosomes, each of the parents contributing with half.
These are the factors responsible for the most important details from the baby’s development: the features of the face, the hair color, the character, the level of intelligence and the personality.
What are the signs you should look for?
Look out for these signs of pregnancy:
- You might feel increasingly tired.
- You definitely have missed your period.
- You might feel nauseated.
- You might feel your breasts to be tender.
- You might feel the need to urinate frequently.
- You might feel that your smell is highly sensitive.
- You might feel sleepy and moody.
- You might feel bloated.
How to prevent stretch marks when you are in week 1 of pregnancy?
After receiving a consultation from your gynecologist, start applying a stretch mark prevention cream containing natural ingredients. If you start doing this when you are in week 1 pregnancy, you can minimize tearing of the collagen in the skin which is the main reason why stretch marks happen in the first place.
Overall, a start of your pregnancy means a start of a new life. Looking after yourself should be your primary concern now. Keeping away from stressful conditions, eating healthy food, exercising, and leading a happy life will make way for giving birth to a healthy and happy child. Start planning your nutrition, make sure you change your lifestyle into a healthier one.
In spite of the theory that being 1 week pregnant doesn’t make you a pregnant woman for real, you must be aware that this is the starting point for the changes to come and this week prepares you for the second week of pregnancy.
Want to know what happens next week? Here’s what to expect when you are 2 weeks pregnant.
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