Pregnancy Week 1 : What To Expect

Bayo Ajibola

Pregnancy Week 1. For ladies who are not planning on getting pregnant most especially, the first week of pregnancy goes without them noticing that they are actually pregnant. Sometimes the 2nd week can also go unnoticed. With menstrual cycle of many women varying, some who do get pregnant without knowing assume they are just late.

Most pregnancies in its first week do not show much symptoms, however signs such as fatigue, loss of interest in things, mood swings and the constant need to urinate. With these symptoms, most women still attribute them to PMS, other than being pregnant.

Changes in your body during the 1st week

Again, it should be noted that for so many women, there will be no noticeable physical changes during the first week, although several internal changes will happen. Some of the most common symptoms include digestive problems like gas, constipation, tender breast, fatigue, mood swings, morning sickness, and hormonal changes.

These above symptoms vary in women as some do pass through the morning sickness phase, while many do not. it all depends on the woman’s body.

Also, doctors are known to say the first week of pregnancy is the “get out of jail free week.” An expectant mother practically gets off any error like bad diet or taking a glass of wine with your pregnancy, nothing harmful will affect the pregnancy at this stage.

Your Baby’s Development

Your baby does not go through any significant change in the first week of pregnancy other than the egg leaving the ovary and traveling to the fallopian tubes. A t this stage, you are not actually pregnant as conception itself happen two weeks after your period ends.

Even at that, this week is included in the pregnancy calendar as it helps the doctor calculate the first day of your last monthly menstrual cycle. This day aids in the calculation of your EDD (expected due date).

Immediately fertilization takes place, the cells begin to divide over the next seven to ten days. The “baby” during the first week of pregnancy  is called a blastocyte. The blastocyte further breaks into two parts — the external part of this blastocyte becomes the placenta, and the internal part will be the embryo during the second week of pregnancy.

If more than one egg is released and fertilized, there is tendency that multiple zygotes may form.

Pregnancy Week 1 Tips

If you happen to be one of many who planned their pregnancy, the first week is always one of joy and anticipation. If you monitored or are still monitoring your morning basal body temperature,  you’ll notice that your temperature remains elevated beyond day 16 of your luteal phase(post ovulation).

This actually is the first physiological sign that you’re pregnant. Use this time to get in touch with your obstetrician to set an appointment.

You  must begin to eat right and if you are on medications which you are yet to discuss  with your doctor, this is the time to contact your doctor and ask questions, to know if you should continue or desist from using the medications. Also, start taking vitamins and minerals such as folic acids if you are yet to begin


Bayo Ajibola

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