At pregnancy week 1, you’re actually not pregnant at all! Since your expected due date is calculated from the first day of your last period, this week is counted as part of your 40-week pregnancy.
Your baby won’t be conceived during this first week! However, your body is already working on this great adventure.
Symptoms Of Pregnancy Week 1
You’ll probably have your menstrual period. There are no significant changes in the physical structure of the body, the symptoms you experience within this first week are those specific to your menstrual period.
So, sensitive breasts, cramps, stomach and thigh pain, lower back pain, or no symptoms at all. Some digestive problems such as bloating, constipation, and nausea may also occur. Your appetite may decrease and sudden hormonal changes can lead to mood swings, depression, and frustration.
No baby yet! There is no development in the first week because you are not actually pregnant at the moment. During your period, about 20 eggs or ova are still inside their ovarian follicles. Only one egg, or occasionally two, will be released into the Fallopian tubes each cycle to be fertilized.
The baby is generally conceived during week 2 or 3 depending on your cycle. So, if you have just discovered you are pregnant because you missed your period, chances are you aren’t 1 week pregnant, you are already somewhere around 4 weeks pregnant!
Pregnancy Week 1: What To Do?
Even if there is no baby yet, adopting a healthy lifestyle and taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy can boost your chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Start taking multivitamin supplements with folic acid, as it is essential for the neural tube formation that develops before you even know you are pregnant.