Pregnancy Encyclopedia – Understanding Week 1
For most women, week 1 goes by without realizing the pregnancy exists. Monthly cycles vary for women. Hence, most women assume that a delay in monthly menstrual cycle is just a delay. There aren’t any instant pregnancy symptoms during the first week that may make a women wonder about the delay. However, one may experience mild signs such as tiredness, mood swings, fatigue, loss of interest in things, and even consistent urge to urinate. These signs are quite similar to PMS. So women don’t really suspect pregnancy.
This first week is actually the menstrual period of a woman. Since the expected delivery date is calculated right from the first day of last period, the week counts as an integral part of 40-week pregnancy although the baby hasn’t been conceived yet.
As already discussed, no obvious physical changes occur during the first week. However, the mother’s body experiences a number of internal changes. Common signs include the following listed below:
- Digestive problems like nausea, gas, and constipation
- Tender breasts
- Mood swings
- Morning sickness
- Hormonal changes
The above mentioned signs and symptoms vary from woman to woman. It is important to note that most women don’t feel these changes until after the second week. Most doctors recommend the first week of pregnancy as the “carefree week”. Women are allowed to enjoy same dietary and physical habits.
Week 1 Pregnancy Tips
In case, you are planning pregnancy, the first week may be a sign of joy. Those who have been keeping tabs on basal body temperature will notice that it remains elevated beyond day 16 of Luteal Phase (post ovulation). This is known to be the first physiological sign of pregnancy. This time can be utilized towards taking pregnancy tests and setting appointment with gynaecologists. Women who have been on medication need to inform their doctors. They need to take suggestions on whether or not it’s okay to continue with the medications.
Week 1 Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
- DO track your daily temperature.
- DO track your ovulation via taking temperature first thing each morning.
- DON’T eat soft cheeses
- DON’T clean the litter box
- DON’T sit in a hot tub
This is the best time to take prenatal vitamins such as folic acid and iron.
This is also the best time to shop for some pregnancy books. You will feel good!