Pregnancy Week By Week : 1 Week Pregnant - What To Expect
If you are planning to start a family, a week by week pregnancy guide can help you learn about your baby's development, your bodily chan...
Week 1 is all about the ovulation phase, when an egg leaves the ovary and travels into the fallopian tubes and then into the uterus, where implantation occurs. There after, one successful sperm out of the millions, has to overcome the obstacles to meet the egg or ovum for fertilization in the coming week. So technically you are not really pregnant in the first week of your pregnancy.
If you have a healthy ovulation cycle and have missed your periods for a particular month, chances are you have conceived. The gestational age of your baby and your due date are calculated by going back to your last period day, commonly referred to as LMP (Last Menstrual Period) and then taking the next nine months into consideration to figure out the expected delivery date, technically referred to as EDD (Estimated Date of Delivery).
So even though we think normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks, you will carry your little one in your womb for 38 weeks, because conception usually occurs after 2 weeks of your last menstrual period.
Body Changes & Common Symptoms
At this stage, you may not find any visible body changes, but many women experience internal changes such as:
- Sudden feeling of restlessness.
- Digestive issues, apathy towards spicy food.
- Constipation and irregular bowel movements.
- Acidity and gas.
- Mood swings ranging from feeling ecstatic for no reason to a morbid state of mind.
However, not all women encounter these experiences, so if you aren't able to feel any of these, there is no need to be alarmed about your pregnancy at this stage. These symptoms may sometimes act as a false alarm and may just be a physical and mental phase instead of an indicator of pregnancy. In any case, if you have been trying to conceive and have missed your periods, irrespective of the symptoms mention above, it is important to pay a visit to your gynecologist for professional guidance and advice.
If you have made a planned decision about conceiving, it is time to give up on unhealthy lifestyle practices and gear your body to make it a hospitable and happy place to nurture your little one for the next nine months. Here are some health tips you can start with for the first week of your pregnancy.
Completely give up on smoking
Whether you are a regular smoker, a chain smoker or an occasional smoker, if you wish to embrace motherhood, smoking is a big NO from the very early stages of pregnancy.
Say no to alcohol
Keeping aside hard liquor, half a glass of red wine may sound like nothing, but it may still have an adverse impact on your baby and your changing body. So maintain a safe distance from alcohol as well from the beginning of your pregnancy.
Use only safe drugs
If you have been on medication for specific health conditions, make sure you consult your doctor to ensure that they are safe to use during pregnancy. There are several drugs that are not safe to use from the early stages of conception and must be avoided to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Get started on Prenatal Vitamins
From the very first week of pregnancy, it is a good idea to get started on prenatal multivitamins to prep your body with all the essential vitamins that are required for a growing life inside your womb.
Folic acid supplement is important
This is one of the earliest supplements your doctor will prescribe. As the days and weeks pass, your body will require a substantial amount of hemoglobin to cater to the development of your baby. Therefore, folic acid will have to become an important part of your daily supplements.
During the first week of your pregnancy, you may not have to change your diet to a considerable level, if you have been eating a balanced diet in general. It is important to listen to your body and keep your baby's health and development in mind for the next nine months before you indulge in anything unhealthy. Start reducing your salt intake in form of salted and spicy fried snacks. Look for Monosodium Glutamate in your packaged food and avoid it completely. Even though you are not yet pregnant, a healthy head start will help you in the long run. When you have decided to become a mother, why not make the right changes in your lifestyle early in the process for a happy and smooth pregnancy.
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