What to expect on you and your baby development at 1 weeks Pregnancy? This first week is actually your last menstrual period. Because your expected due date is calculated from the first day of your last period, this week counts as a part of your 40-week pregnancy, even though your baby has not been conceived yet. You can calculate your expected due date using our Pregnancy Due Date Calculator.
The baby spends around 38 weeks in the mother’s womb. The average length of pregnancy that is the gestation period is counted as 40 weeks. This is because pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period and not the date of conception, which generally occurs two weeks later.
Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters:
- First trimester: From conception to 12 weeks
- Second trimester: From 12 to 24 weeks
- Third trimester: From 24 to 40 weeks.
1 Weeks Pregnancy
The early 7 days that is the first week of your pregnancy. The countdown of your pregnancy begins with your period—the start of the fertility cycle. There is no baby yet, but the ovarian follicles are working to ripen the next egg.
1 week pregnant is how many months?
A woman of 1 week pregnant is in month 1 of her pregnancy. There are 8 months to go!
- Save your baby from Neural Tube defect.
Start taking 400 mcg folic acids daily before conception and prevent your baby from Neural Tube Defect.
- Deal with obesity
Obesity can result in high-risk pregnancies and should be tackled before you conceive. It can also interfere with your hormones and lower your chances of conceiving.
- Twins formation
Women over the age of 35 produce lots of hormones that cause the release of two or more eggs during ovulation.
- Healthy lifestyle
Both parents should adopt a healthy lifestyle to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol, reduce caffeine intake, and get regular exercise.
Checklist for 1 Weeks Pregnancy,
- Consult a genetic counselor, if you need it.
- Selection of prenatal vitamins.
- Pregnancy symptoms week 1.
- Your baby at week 1.
- Your body in week 1.
- Tips for you in week 1.
- About your family’s medical records.
Pregnancy symptoms at 1 Weeks Pregnancy
The basal body temperature or BBT of a woman decreases to its lowest point just before the ovulation and then immediately increases about a half a degree as soon as ovulation occurs. You can detect it between 10-20 days of your period by a special digital basal thermometer. And if you track over the course of a few months, you will be able to notice a pattern to better predict and feel the magic moment happens to you each month.
Increased cervical mucus
If you have been monitoring your mucus during these TTC or Trying To conceive months, you already know that it changes consistently from week to week. Right now your mucus is probably thick, sticky and creamy, but as you head toward conception day the volume will increase and it will start to look cloudy.
Your baby at 1 Weeks Pregnancy
There is no baby or embryo yet, but the ovarian follicles are working to ripen the next egg.
But in weeks 1 of pregnancy that is the week which immediately following your last menstrual period. The egg is working hard to gear up for the event that paves the way for baby i.e., the ovulation.
During this period the uterus has begun preparing for the arrival of a fertilized egg for implantation though you can’t be sure that the egg has successfully fused with sperm or not until next month.
How can you call this your first week of pregnancy if you’re not even pregnant?
This is because pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last period and not the date of conception, which generally occurs two weeks later. This is due to the reason that It is extremely hard to pinpoint the precise moment pregnancy begins that is the moment of conception (when sperm meets egg).
So in order to give all pregnancies a standard timing, doctors have decided to use the first day of your last menstrual period as the starting line of your 40-week pregnancy.
Your body at 1 Weeks Pregnancy
Since it is often hard to be sure of the exact date when fertilization takes place, the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP) is used as a marker. In the first two weeks, the body is resetting the fertility cycle: in the first week, the previous month’s uterine lining sheds; in the second week, the uterine lining has begun to thicken in preparation for the next opportunity to conceive a baby. A new cycle is the beginning, one that is the starting point for your pregnancy.
Tips for you at 1 Weeks Pregnancy
Taking folic acid
Your body starts working harder and harder when you’re expecting, and it can’t make a baby all on its own. It requires plenty of nutrients including vitamins and minerals to build a baby
Get your body ready for baby by taking 400 mcg of folic acid daily before conception and prevent your baby from Neural Tube Defect.
Consult a genetic counselor, if you need.
Taking a decision about whether you should go or not for genetic counseling may or may not be an easy task for you. The solution is you can do before making the decision is to have a genetic counselor which will help you sort through
your medical and familial histories. Then you will be clear whether you and your baby will face any real risks associated with genetic factors.
Genetic counselors can review your family and medical history, help you learn about how the condition is inherited, give you information about genetic tests and provide advice on support services available to you.
What is genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling is talking about a genetic condition with health professional experts who has qualifications in both genetics and counseling.
Genetic conditions are caused by changes or mistakes in genes. These conditions may be inherited from one or both parents.
Genetic counseling aims to help people understand and adapt to the impact that a genetic condition may have on their lives.
Why might you need genetic counseling?
If you have an inherited condition or there is a chance you have an inherited condition because it runs in your family, genetic counseling can help you understand more about the condition, what causes it and how you and your family can adjust to it and plan for the future.
What are the genetic conditions or hereditary disorders people talk to a genetic counselor?
Following are some of the genetic conditions people talk to a genetic counselor:
- Cystic fibrosis.
- Down syndrome
- Fragile X syndrome
- Neural tube defects.
- Muscular dystrophy
- Huntington’s disease
Other than these conditions there are some hereditary forms of conditions like cancer, diabetes and epilepsy also occurs.
Genetic counseling is not the same as genetic testing. In genetic counseling your doctor doing tests if you have symptoms or a family history of a genetic condition. Genetic testing can tell you about the likelihood and risk of the genetic condition which passes on to any children that you conceive.
You may be advised to do the diagnostic tests as part of your pregnancy checkups and scans, to find out whether your baby has a genetic condition or not. These tests include Amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling or CVS.
How to know whether I need genetic counseling or not?
You might consider genetic counseling if you or your family have a history of a particular genetic condition. If you are pregnant, you might want to speak with a genetic counselor about the likelihood of your baby having any congenital disorders.