What To Expect When You Are 1 Week Pregnant

Congratulations on the confirmation of your pregnancy. Besides the confirmation, it is important for you to know what to expect during pregnancy week 1 and also know the early pregnancy signs. Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and challenging times of any woman’s life, and it pays to be prepared.

1 Week Pregnant Symptoms

In pregnancy week 1 you may not be sure that you have conceived. This is the time when you only recognize the initial signs of pregnancy. You may...


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...experience nausea, fatigue, severe mood swings, backache, and some stress. This is because your body is undergoing tremendous changes 1 week after conception, your uterus sheds its lining and the hormones are ready to be released. Your body is busy preparing itself for ovulation. Just then the sperm enters and fertilizes the egg. The fertilized egg now enters your fallopian tubes and stays right there. The merging of the sperm and egg is called a zygote. The zygote will now multiply and divide for the next seven to ten days. The zygote then finally implants itself in your uterus. While this implantation occurs, there may be some mild bleeding. Hence, do not get alarmed or scared the moment you see some blood spots. Once the zygote implants itself in the uterus, it is called a blastocyst and is as big as 0.1 to 0.2 mm in size. At this point of time, your body begins to gear itself for pregnancy. It starts producing early pregnancy factor protein which makes sure that the pregnancy is retained and not rejected. Besides this, your body will also produce estrogen and progesterone which will further protect the pregnancy. In pregnancy week 1, you may notice that your body temperature is considerably higher than usual. This is because your body undergoes hormonal fluctuations and hence a change in temperature is experienced. This is one of the first early pregnancy signs. Following this, there are other symptoms of pregnancy like nausea, morning sickness, and so on. This is the most crucial period and hence you need to be careful in whatever you do. You are also most susceptible to a miscarriage during the early phase of your pregnancy. When 1 week pregnant symptoms women can experience include tiredness and exhaustion due to low blood pressure.

Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions and go for regular check-ups as advised by him or her. This will help you progress healthily with your pregnancy. If you have any concern regarding the pregnancy, make sure you talk to your doctor and get it cleared as soon as possible. When you are 1 week pregnant, there are many stages that your body goes through in order to prepare you for ovulation. If a woman is 1 week pregnant, no symptoms may be experienced by her. However, there are some symptoms that others might experience in varying degrees as ovulation gets closer. Because 1 week pregnant signs or symptoms may not be exhibited or experienced by all women, you need not fear that there is a problem if you do not experience the same symptoms as some other woman who is also exhibiting 1 week pregnancy symptoms. If you are 1 week pregnant, symptoms such as mild cramping might occur on one or both sides of your body. Some women find that clear discharge from the vagina increases and it also appears slippery and stretchy. Others have digestive problems such as uneasiness, gas, constipation nausea, and morning sickness. If pregnant you might not feel very hungry during this period. Any kind of sudden hormonal changes could lead you to have mood swings which can leave you frustrated or in a depressed state of mind. You may also want to urinate frequently and your breasts grow slightly larger with your areolas turning darker. Some women can see fine varicose veins on their breasts. During pregnancy week 1, many symptoms are seen as there are a number of internal changes taking place in your body. You will not see any noticeable changes as far as your physical structure is concerned. Some of these symptoms can be taken care of by consuming a diet that is high in fiber. Make sure you chew your food slowly as this will help in food digestion. This is one stage where you can do any activity so try and enjoy yourself during the first week of your pregnancy.

1 Week Pregnant Ultrasound

With the help of an ultrasound scan your baby’s image is produced on the screen. These ultrasound tests are done as matter of routine in most hospitals when a woman is around 20 weeks pregnant. This test is done to check that there are no structural abnormalities. Some hospitals also offer scans in the tenth week. This is done to help confirm your due date. Sometimes when you are 1 week pregnant ultrasound will also help you confirm your pregnancy and date your pregnancy. As mentioned earlier, an ultrasound is usually performed in the first trimester when you are 10 to 11 months pregnant. However when you are 1 week pregnant an ultrasound can be done in case you experience any bleeding or pain. When your uterus sheds its lining, your hormones prepare for an egg release known as ovulation. The key to getting pregnant is ovulation. Some women are aware of when they are ovulating while others are not able to time this easily. A 1 week pregnancy ultrasound can make you aware as to when ovulation occurs. A 1 week pregnancy ultrasound, however, cannot help in the diagnosis of gestation sacs. Gestation sacs generally appear in the fourth or fifth week of pregnancy. Sometimes an early ultrasound may miss out a multiple gestation that happens early. Some reports go on to say that there can be a difference of up to four days in the appearance of sacs with the help of an early ultrasound. When 1 week pregnant an ultrasound can help determine the number of sacs that are present and whether or not the same sac is shared by your babies (monoamniotic). These sacs are found in babies that are identical.  When you are 1 week pregnant 3D images are not used. These 3D images are generally used to have a glimpse of what your baby looks like when in the womb and are not taken in the first week of pregnancy. When a woman is 1 week pregnant an ultrasound is generally used in case of bleeding and pain.

1 Week Pregnant Weight Gain

If you are 1 week pregnant and weight gain is not there don’t get worried. Here’s how it works: irrespective of what your weight is before your pregnancy you must put on weight during your pregnancy. Women who are obese will still have to put on a minimum of 11 pounds, while those who are underweight have to put on at least 10 to 15 pounds more than the 25 to 35 pounds expected. This is in case the woman is healthy and pregnant with a single baby. Moms who are expecting more than one baby will have to put on more weight although there are no special standards as yet. When you are 1 week pregnant weight gain is not seen. This is because your baby hasn’t conceived as yet and your menstrual period is still on. This week is still considered as the first week in spite of the fact that you are not pregnant. When you are 1 week pregnant weight gain may not be significant, however, if you take the first trimester into consideration you will have put on 3 to 5 pounds. In week 1 weight during pregnancy may go down slightly. This is because many women suffer from pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness. You need not worry as you do not need as many nutrients and calories at this stage as compared to later. During your pregnancy week 1 weight gain may not be there but this is when you have to begin your preparation for a healthy delivery. Make sure you eat a healthy diet that consists of fruits and vegetables along with foods rich in protein such as eggs, pulses, and milk. You are recommended folic acid supplements right from the start to reduce any chances of the baby suffering from birth defects. As mentioned earlier, women who are 1 week pregnant are not really pregnant so you need not worry if when 1 week pregnant weight gain is not seen.

1 Week Pregnant Bleeding

The first couple of weeks during your pregnancy may be pretty confusing as your health care provider would consider your gestation term as day one of your last period. Technically speaking, therefore, you aren’t pregnant; you are still menstruating. Thus, when you are 1 week pregnant bleeding could occur because you are still having your menstrual period and your baby is yet to conceive. Your pregnancy is dated from the date you had your last menstrual cycle. Day one of your cycle is the first day of actual bleeding (menstrual). On day five an egg starts maturing in your ovary. This egg is released around day 14 and a missed menstrual period around two weeks later is indicative of pregnancy. When you are 1 week pregnant bleeding symptoms may be experienced. If this is the form of light spotting periodically during the day, chances are that in pregnancy week 1 implantation bleeding might be taking place. The bleeding sometimes seems light and it could sometimes looks like you are menstruating. This bleeding is due to hormonal changes in your body. 1 week pregnant bleeding may also occur if you were on the pill and stopped taking it because you got pregnant. It is common when one week pregnant for bleeding and cramps as long as it is not heavy bleeding or severe cramps. If you are 1 week pregnant bleeding is not a cause for concern. This is when the ovulation and fertilization is in process. If you are losing very small amounts of tissues which may or not be accompanied by heavy flow it is known as decidual bleeding. All these things happen when you are 1 week pregnant; bleeding might occur but there is no cause to worry as it is considered “non emergency”, “common” and “normal”. If you experience pain when 1 week pregnant and bleeding that you feel is not normal make sure you call your doctor immediately.

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