Alright. I get it. It’s probably too early to tell, right? I mean, it’s only a week for crying out loud. A week! You got some a little over 6 days ago or thereabout? How can you possibly be pregnant? Well, I share you sentiments. I really do. At one week, You are practically not pregnant at all. Normally, by the time you find out that you are pregnant, it’s usually around 3 to 4 weeks.
In case you were wondering, at one week, there is literally no embryo to talk about let alone a baby. Yes, I’m damn right. At this point, there is a whole battalion of eager sperms and an anxious egg just fertilised or waiting to be fertilised.
You’ve just had your last period. You can bet you won’t see another until way after delivery. Your body is preparing itself to accommodate the pregnancy. You are excited. The thought of bringing forth a human being is exhilarating, exciting, and fulfilling. But it’s only week 1! While you will need to carry further tests a few weeks later to confirm your pregnancy, you probably are curious about the early sypmtoms of pregnancy at this early stage.
1 Week Pregnant – The Symptoms
At one week pregnant, you are technically not pregnant. As such, the symptoms you will be experiencing at this point are more or less similar to those you typically experience during your period. Of course, this explains why it’s difficult to tell if you are pregnant at week 1. The symptoms you experience in your first week of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and can last anywhere between 3 and 7 days. They include:
- Mood swings. I understand how men really hate this unexpected change in moods from their women. They simply can’t understand how a sweetheart who was all happy an hour ago could turn into an emotional wreck without provocation all of a sudden. Well, at 1 week pregnant, your hormones are raging and subsequently causing you irritability hence making you have mood swings.
- Spotting/vaginal bleeding. Spotting during the first week of pregnancy is usually mistaken for a period. This is not usually the case. Spotting or vaginal bleeding occurs because of the shedding of the uterine lining by the body.
- Increased cervical mucus. Have you been monitoring the thickness of your cervical mucus over the past couple of months? If you have, you will notice that in your first week of pregnancy, the cervical mucus is creamy, sticky, thicker, and look cloudier.
- Headaches. Are you experiencing those migraines common with the onset of your periods? Well, they could also be an indication that you are pregnant.
The aforementioned symptoms are not universal. What I mean is that its not guaranteed that you will experience the exact same symptoms in your first week of pregnancy. It varies from one woman to the other. Some other common symptoms in the first week of pregnancy are:
- Spikes in basal body temperature
- Lower back pains
How to Take Care of Yourself in Week 1 of Pregnancy
You’ve been trying for a while and there is a high likelihood you are pregnant. You are extremely happy. You feel the need to go out and celebrate and probably pop a few champagne bottles. This, as well meaning as it is, is not advisable. You need to take care of yourself from the very first week!
Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle
This is not the time to indulge in your unhealthy habits. I know you might be yearning for a smoke, or to down your favorite alcoholic drink or simply take a recreational drug. Time to make difficult decisions. Taking care of yourself means cutting out any unhealthy habits you might have developed over time. Your body is prepping itself to bring into the world a whole new human being. The survival of this human being is dependent on how well you take care of yourself. Desist from indulging in alcohol, smoking, or even any other activity that might prove harmful to your pregnancy.
Take Prenatal Vitamins
You are most likely unaware that you are pregnant at Week 1. However, if you’ve been trying and have been keeping track of your body changes, you most likely feel you are pregnant. At this point, it’s essential that you start taking care of yourself and putting in place measures to safeguard your unborn baby. If you are not taking prenatal vitamins/folic acids yet, it’s about time you started. Why is this important? To take prenatal vitamins at an early stage or right before conception helps in dramatic reduction of certain risks such as neural tube defects which frequently occur during the first week of pregnancy.
Congratulations on realizing you are pregnant! However, don’t be in a haste to announce to the whole world yet. I understand you are excited beyond measure and wish to share this good news with everyone. That is very normal. Considering the fact that it could be a fluke or a false pregnancy alarm, schedule a visit with your doctor to carry out blood tests to ascertain that you really are pregnant.
Above all, take good care of yourself, kick out bad habits, start preparing yourself mentally for the next 9 month period of pregnancy. The ultimate survival of your pregnancy is dependent on how well you take care of yourself. The journey has just began!