One week pregnant is not considered technically pregnant, yet. This can be confusing for the first time expecting mothers and those who are trying to conceive. Most gynaecologists count the beginning of your pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. Sounds more strange right? This is because the exact time of conception is very hard to point out and the evident signs of a period are easy to spot. This simply means that you are still menstruating and you are likely to conceive in week 2 or week 3.
Even though you are going through your regular period at week 1, you do not have to brush it aside, because this is an important phase of preparation. Be ready for what is to follow soon. Make decisions that might impact your imminent pregnancy. It is not impractical to make sudden changes in your lifestyle, but take it slow and do so, by focussing on one thing at a time. Eating right and following a regular exercise routine should be the first thing on your mind, because it definitely helps with the challenges of your pregnancy.
Week 1 signs – what is happening?
This is an early stage in pregnancy, so you should keep in mind that the signs you experience around this time are similar to your period. At week 1, there is no growing baby, but your body is gearing up for future pregnancy.
- Your body is actually getting ready by shedding the lining of the uterus wall, which had been thickened earlier. You experience vaginal bleeding in which the previous cycle’s unfertilised egg is also discharged.
- In order to shed the uterine lining, your uterus undergoes contractions and this is why most women experience lower back and abdominal cramps.
- Due to hormonal changes taking place in your body, you may find yourself moody and emotionally sensitive.
- Hormones in your first week can make your body retain water, causing your belly bloated and other parts to swell.
- Most women experience tenderness in breasts.
- Owing to hormones again, many women experience migraines during periods.
Depending on the length of your period, the ovaries then start preparing the egg to be dispatched after it matures during the ovulation phase. The uterine lining starts the process of thickening again, in expectation of a fertilized egg. The entire series takes about two to three weeks after your period begins and at the end, you will have conceived by week 3 or 4. So, when you take your pregnancy test, you are already in week 4 of your pregnancy!