If you have tried to conceive for a while, calling this so disappointing period “being 1-week-pregnant” may seem almost mean. But however sad you may feel, this week is when it all begins. If you do get pregnant during this menstrual cycle, your pregnancy due date will be calculated based on the first day of your last period, and right now, you are “1-week-pregnant”. By the time your fetus is 1 week old, you are already three weeks pregnant according to this timescale.
Having your period when all you want is to be pregnant, can be extremely disappointing and you may wonder if it is possible to have menstruation and still be pregnant? Not really, but small bleeding is entirely possible.
In any case, during this 1st week of pregnancy (if you do get pregnant), your body is very busy preparing for conception. Just about a week from now, ovulation is already on its way.
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Your Baby’s Development
The first couple weeks of pregnancy can be a confusing time since your gestation term is counted as the first day of your last period. Technically you are not pregnant yet; you are menstruating!
But by the end of this week, hopefully soon to be defined as you being 1-week-pregnant, your uterus is already preparing to accept a fully fertilized egg in a couple of weeks. So if you are disappointed, frustrated and sad that you are menstruating, do try to look forward instead (after crying a bit). There is a new chance to become pregnant coming up really soon! For some tips to improve your chances of getting pregnant, click here.
When menstruation is over, ovulation time comes next. This is when the production of estrogen and progesterone prepares your body for the upcoming event.
In about a week (or less if you have less than 28 days between your periods), the ovaries will release the egg that will become an entirely new person that will grow and thrive within you for the next 40 weeks, give or take on your new little one!
There is so much to get ready before your egg settles in for the long ride.
Mom’s Body When 1-Week-Pregnant
No matter what stage of pregnancy you are in, your body is constantly changing. During this first week of pregnancy, your body is preparing for ovulation.
Symptoms of Ovulation
Many women have a varying amount of symptoms when ovulation is getting closer, while others will not feel the least bit different. Do not feel that your body is not developing properly just because you do not experience the same symptoms as someone else. However, if you do not notice any changes at all and you do not get pregnant after trying for a while, you might want to check with your healthcare provider.
Here are some of the common symptoms of ovulation:
- Mild cramps
- An increase in clear discharge that can appear slippery or even stretchy may occur for those women who are sensitive to their ovulation.
- Temperature is often an indication that your body is producing more progesterone and is more fertile than any other time of your cycle. However, don’t count on temperature rise to indicate ovulation, it usually happens after ovulation has already occurred. Then it can be too late to conceive.
- Being sore at one side. Sex can be even be a bit painful.
For those who have difficulty determining their fertile time, seek help from your physician or explore the options of ovulation kits that are available in order to help you determine the best time to conceive. Here is a good ovulation and pregnancy combo kit at a good price. (Link to Amazon)
Preparing for Pregnancy
Once you have made the decision to get pregnant and begin the journey into motherhood, it is a good idea to change any habits that could interfere with having a healthy baby.
If you just want some simple, but effective guidelines, follow the steps below:
- Begin taking prenatal vitamins which are essential for any woman who wants to get pregnant, since they will provide all the important vitamins and minerals needed for you and your baby during this crucial development time. Folic acid is one of the most important supplement to take even as early as during menstruation (i.e. counting as being 1 week pregnant) since this helps to prevent Spina bifida.If you want to make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs during pregnancy and at the same time give fertility a little boost, check out FertilAid for Women. These pills are all natural and developed by an OB/GYN and fertility expert. (There are pills for your hubby too if you want to maximize your chances of getting pregnant.)
- Proper nutrition, as well as a comfortable amount of exercise depends on your own personal physical condition, can not only help you before the baby comes but afterward as well. Developing good healthy habits now will carry you through into the years to come once you are busy running around after a little one. You’ll find a detailed update on how to eat healthy during pregnancy according to new research here.
- Avoiding many substances such as alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and even caffeine are all beneficial to put your new little one on the road to good health. There are serious many problems associated with alcohol, such as miscarriage, fetal abnormalities, and retardation, which can be irreversible, so be sure to avoid alcohol even when trying to conceive. Smoking can not only interfere with your body’s ability to absorb folic acid and cause pulmonary diseases but also increase the chance of having a low birth weight.
Have you had any thoughts on trying to specifically conceive a boy or a girl? Here is some of the newest research on how mom’s diet can have an effect on the gender of her child.
Stuff to Buy This Week
Well, in addition to tampons ;-), here are some tips on stuff to buy if you want to enhance your chances of getting pregnant during this cycle:
Week 1 Video
Diary of a Daughter
Got my period… again. Wonder if I will ever conceive. At least I’ll get my fallopian tubes examined for blockage in only a couple of days.
But it’s been a long time now, trying to conceive and very hard to remain positive.
So how do you feel? Please share your experiences and thoughts by leaving a comment below!
More About Early Pregnancy
- Becoming pregnant during your period – possible?
- What affects the odds of getting pregnant
- All the ovulation symptoms to look for
MayoClinic (2011), Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Joanne Stone MD and Keith Eddleman MD (2008) The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood
Nilsson, L; Hamberger, L. (2004) A Child Is Born.
Soderberg, L. (2010) Mammapraktika. B Wahlstroms.