1 Week Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
1 WEEK PREGNANT
It’s time for chocolates and Midol because you’ve just started your period – your favorite time of the month, said no woman ever.
Yep, that’s right. When you’re one week pregnant, you’re not actually pregnant yet.
Confused? It’s okay. You’re not alone. Grab that stash of chocolates, get comfy, and keep reading.
Pregnancy is usually calculated from the first day of your last period. This is because it’s very hard to pinpoint the exact day you ovulated and conceived. Ovulation usually happens about 14 days after the start of your period, but there are many factors that can cause ovulation to occur earlier or later than that. Some of these factors include the length of your cycle, the regularity of your cycle, and if you have medical conditions or are taking medications that can affect how often and when you ovulate.
So, to make things much simpler, doctors go by the first day of your last period to determine how far along you are in your pregnancy.
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 1
Remember, since you’re not actually pregnant yet, any symptoms you’re having are due to menstruation and are probably familiar to you. Period symptoms can last from a few days (if you’re one of the lucky ones) to a week and include:
- Vaginal Bleeding – This is the most obvious (and inconvenient) sign that you’ve started your period. Bleeding occurs when your uterus sheds its lining and rids your body of the unfertilized egg that was released during ovulation.
- Cramps – Menstrual cramps are a result of the uterus contracting when shedding its lining. Cramps can range in intensity and can be felt in the abdomen or the lower back. Using a heating pad and taking OTC pain relievers can help with the pain. Oh, and chocolate. There are mixed reviews on whether chocolate actually helps menstrual cramps, but who cares? Eat it anyway. Chocolate makes everyone feel better.
- Headaches – Headaches are a common complaint among women on their periods. They occur due to fluctuations in hormones. Ease the pain with OTC pain relievers and relax in a dark and quiet room.
- Bloating – Many women experience bloating just before and during their periods. This is due to hormonal changes and is, thankfully, only temporary.
- Mood Swings – Oh yes, crying one minute, laughing the next, biting off your significant other’s head for no apparent reason at all. Good times. Once again, you can thank your raging hormones for this one.
1 WEEK BABY BUMP
Because you’re not actually pregnant at one week, you won’t have a belly bump – at least not one caused by pregnancy. That bump you may see there is all bloat, baby! But even though you’re not pregnant yet, there’s still a lot going on in that belly of yours. Your uterus is ridding your body of last month’s unfertilized egg and is preparing itself for the possibility of a pregnancy in a couple of weeks.
Interesting fact: Your uterus starts out at the size of a small peach and then grows to the size of a watermelon by the end of your pregnancy. That’s about 500 times the original size of your uterus!
The first few weeks after your period can be nerve wrecking if you’ve been trying to get pregnant because many early pregnancy symptoms are the same or very similar to premenstrual and ovulation symptoms. For all of these, you can experience tender breasts and nipples, fatigue, nausea, and frequent urination. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to determine if you’re pregnant using these symptoms alone. Your next step would be to wait and see if you miss your next period because a missed period is the most obvious sign of pregnancy.
1 WEEK PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
At one week pregnant, you’re probably not going to have an ultrasound. The only reasons you may have an ultrasound at this stage is if you’re experiencing pain not associated with your period, or if you’re doing fertility treatments. A fertility specialist may use an ultrasound to check for fibroids, to count how many follicles are in the ovaries, or to see how thick the lining of the uterus is.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 1 WEEK PREGNANT?
If you’re actively trying to get pregnant, you should be doing a few things to prepare your body for growing a little bean, such as:
- Stop drinking and smoking. These activities aren’t good for you even when you’re not pregnant, but they can be harmful to a growing fetus. Drinking alcohol and smoking while pregnant can cause birth defects, learning disabilities, low birth weight, respiratory problems, and even miscarriage or stillbirth. Stopping these habits now before you get pregnant will make you healthier and will keep your baby safe from the risks.
- Take prenatal vitamins. You may think prenatal vitamins are for women who are already pregnant, but you’d be wrong. Prenatal vitamins contain many important nutrients and vitamins that your body needs daily, but they contain higher levels of two important nutrients for pregnancy called folic acid and iron. Taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy allows these nutrients to build up to appropriate levels in your body for pregnancy.
- Eat healthy foods. You don’t need to go on some crazy diet or eat nothing but salads every day. Just cut out the processed junk, as much of it as possible. Eat more fruits and veggies, meats that are a good source of protein, and try to limit the sugary snacks you eat to once or twice a week. You’ll have more energy (and you’re going to need as much of that as you can get once that second line pops up on that pregnancy test), and you’ll feel better overall.
- Decrease caffeine intake. Cutting back on your caffeine intake would be a great idea too. Caffeine increases your blood pressure and heart rate, which you want to avoid doing during pregnancy. It also makes you pee more often, and when combined with how often you’ll pee once you get pregnant, you may as well put in a change of address to your bathroom because you’re not moving from there for the next nine months.
- Have lots of sex. Since you don’t really know when you’ll ovulate, once your period ends you should have sex frequently – at least every other day or two. This will give you the best chance of making sure you don’t miss those few fertile days this month.
- Sam C's Editorial Team