In the 1st week of pregnancy women are actually 2 weeks away from the conception. So, they may not really experience any pregnancy symptoms during this week. Find out how the 1st week of pregnancy is determined and what happens during this week.
Congratulations, you are pregnant. You must be so excited. And maybe just a little bit nervous. Do not worry, we are here to help and guide you along with your doctors, of course.
You must be going through plenty of psychological and emotional changes now that you are pregnant. Do not be surprised if you find your anxiety and stress overshadowing your feelings of happiness at times. This is particularly true when you are pregnant for the first time. Be prepared for the physical and psychological changes in your body in the next few weeks. Keep yourself armed with the knowledge that shall help you stay safe in your pregnancy.
Let us not waste a minute and start right now.
How is the 1st Week of Pregnancy Determined?
The week 1 of pregnancy is normally counted from the first day of your last period. The time, from which you calculate your due date, which is nine months and seven days from this day. Well, there is nothing much to say, as your baby is about two weeks away from conception. The follicles that carry the egg will slowly begin to grow from the third day of your cycle on either or both of your ovaries.
Bodily Changes in the 1st Week of Pregnancy
Most of the women fail to realise they are pregnant in the first week. Since you can hardly determine the actual time of your conception, your doctor shall start counting the dates from your last menstrual cycle. As mentioned earlier your egg has not yet been fertilized in the first 2 weeks.
In fact you cannot expect any physical changes at this moment. However, be prepared for some of the internal changes such as nausea, morning sickness, vomiting, indigestion, flatulence, mood swings, fatigue and tender breasts. While some may experience bodily changes, others may not.
If you are trying to get pregnant and anticipating your pregnancy, you may have to wait for few more weeks for your pregnancy to be confirmed. Usually, most of the women make their first visit to their obstetrician after they miss their period which is during the 4th week of pregnancy. Your doctor may advice you to do urine test (HCG test). Some women also prefer to do a home pregnancy test before visiting an obstetrician when they miss their period. Once your urine test shows positive result, your doctor may suggest you to undergo an ultrasound to further verify that it is a normal pregnancy.
It is very important that you stay in-touch with your doctor, who shall take care of you all through your pregnancy. It is also important to get your preliminary investigations done. You may be enquired about your family history and personal health in the initial visits.
You may also discuss with him or her about the importance of bringing in lifestyle changes and healthy living habits. You must follow his or her instructions to optimise your health and well as of the baby developing inside you. Do not forget to take the folic acid and vitamin supplements that are suggested to you even before you conceive. Folic acid or B9 vitamin is considered highly essential to reduce chances of neutral tube defects in babies.
Make sure to keep yourself hydrated and drink plenty of water. Include fertility boosting foods in your diet and take proper meals. Chicken, pulses, meat, soybean, potato, pasta, bread, milk, cheese and yoghurt are some of the healthy foods that you may incorporate in your diet. You need plenty of calcium for you as well as for the little life that will be developing inside you.
Make sure to take necessary care of you before to plan to get pregnant. This shall ensure you enjoy a healthy and stress free pregnancy all through the different stages. Wish you all the best!
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- The Indiaparenting Team