We are opening the promised series with this article. As we have mentioned in Pregnancy week by week introduction, we do not want to publish any medical treatise. We want to inform expectant mothers about progress of pregnancy week by week in a intelligible way.
1 week pregnant
You are not actually pregnant in the 1st week of pregnancy but the body is already getting ready for the conception of a new life. The right time comes 14 days after the first day of the last menstruation. You ovulate at this time in case your period is regular.
If you are planning to get pregnant this month, discontinue the use of birth control pills, stop smoking and avoid alcohol. Buy appropriate vitamins in the drugstore in case you have not done so yet. You and your baby will need their supply as pregnancy is highly demanding on nutrition.
Pregnancy ideally takes 40 weeks. However, not all babies are born on a due date determined by a gynecologist. Pregnancy normally ends with a delivery between weeks 38 – 40. The gestational age, or the week of pregnancy from the medical point of view, is counted from the last menstrual period, the LMP.
What happens in the 1st week of pregnancy?
An egg gets ripened inside you at this time. You are in the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle. One of the ovaries decides which of the ova developed in this cycle will be able to change your future and will have the honour to give a basis for a new life.
Your body virtually prepares a pleasant environment that will welcome a fertilized egg in a couple of days and will protect it throughout duration of your pregnancy.
A woman’s body has normal hormonal level. The lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grows again due to estrogens replacing the one that left your body with the last menstruation.