1 Week Pregnant: Symptoms and What to Expect
What’s Happening Inside your Uterus in Week 1
- At this stage your fetus hasn’t developed yet. It’s true, though time starts accumulating the first day of your last period; you conceive a few weeks after week one.
- The misconception that pregnancies are 40 weeks long is what we go by.
- Though 38 weeks is what most women actually carry a baby for.
- How does it feel to be one week pregnant? Well, your body is in the phase of preparation still and that means that your body is well nourished and prepping for all of the neat cell science behind growing a fetus.
- Your uterine lining is thickening and will soon be 7mm – 8mm in thickness, or more.
- The coming weeks will be filled with rapid growth and consuming out of any trimester. Your body has a ton of buckling down and preparing to do.
Your Growing Belly
Researching before you become pregnant is probably what you’re up to at this point. Reading what other new mothers have felt can be so helpful. Whether you’re conception will be intentional or not; it will become the center of your life for the next 9 months and longer after baby is born.
One of the first signs of pregnancy is sore breasts, while this is the most common sign for soon to be mothers. There are plenty of other subtle signs to watch for in the weeks to come.
Sometimes a slight pinch from implantation can be felt and slight bleeding can occur at that time. Don’t be alarmed if you experience some spotting in the near future. About 25% of woman experience spotting from the fertilized egg burrowing its way into the lining of the ripe uterus.
Your uterus has been working to prepare for the wonderous cycle of implantation to take place.
How the Egg and Sperm Connect
Sperm can live for 1-2 days. Once released about 40 million of them rapidly make way in an attempt to contact the egg just released from the ovary. Just one will be a match to fertilize the egg.
Recently scientists have been able to see a bright flash of light on a fluorescent sensor the moment a sperm penetrates an egg. This phenomenon has been uncovered and founded that the bright ‘firework effect’ upon conception are the million or so; super ripe zinc atoms exploding.
This happens internally as the egg becomes fertilized. This is the first special moment your soon to be baby starts its journey and your pregnancy.
Egg Releases from an Ovary
Once an egg has matured enough inside of the ovary it is pushed out by the left or right ovary; it is then available to be fertilized. After being released into the fallopian tube it will survive for 12 – 24 hours.
Did you know, that fraternal twins happens when two eggs are released from the ovaries and then both are fertilized? Whether 2 come from the right or left or one of each is entirely up to moms body.
Uterine lining Prior to Implantation
An increased estrogen level is responsible for the uterine lining being built. Getting it nice and thick for the egg to dig its way into eventually. Optimally the lining will be at 7mm or thicker to be ready for the egg. The wall acts as a glue for the egg to adhere to at the moment of contact. This determines the position of the placenta later on.
What to Prepare for This Week
It’s probably a good idea to start taking an organic or non-gmo prenatal vitamin. There are many places to find these and you can do a bit of research online to find which one you want to invest in. It’s best to stick to the same brand throughout your entire pregnancy and listen to your body about how it feels when you take it.
It’s a good idea to lookout for the type of iron used in your prenatal. Plant based forms are most easily absorbed. The body is most accepting to plant based forms of vitamins so it’s important to find prenatal vitamins that are not generic.
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