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1 week pregnant

You are now officially 1 week pregnant, while you are actually not pregnant at all. You can read how this works out in the mystery of the large gestational age . This is the week of your fertile days and probably the week that you have the sex or fertility treatment that leads to conception.

Your baby in week 1 of your pregnancy

You are not yet pregnant and your baby does not yet exist. The moment of fertilization is getting closer. If you have an average menstrual cycle of 28 days, your ovulation takes place at the start of week 2, around day 15. This releases a mature egg that can be fertilized by a sperm.

There is a good chance that at the end of this week or at the beginning of week 2 you have the sex that precedes conception. The sperm cells must make a long journey to reach the egg cell. They usually meet in the fallopian tube. Sperm cells are patient, they can survive 5 days. Maybe they are already waiting. Your most fertile days are therefore the two days before your ovulation and the day of ovulation itself.

You in week 1 of your pregnancy

The fertilization has not yet taken place and there are no physical changes in you. Just like during any other menstrual cycle , your body prepares for a possible pregnancy . In this week the egg will mature further to be released next week during ovulation. At the same time, your uterine wall becomes thicker, so that it is ready for implantation .

Physically there is now nothing else than usual. But this will change soon after conception …

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Tip for 1 week pregnant

Folic acid is important for the early development of your unborn baby. Because you never know exactly when fertilization takes place, it is strongly recommended that you take folic acid from about 4 weeks before the possible fertilization. Most couples then stop taking birth control. You can stop taking folic acid again after 10 weeks of pregnancy .

Also Read: What to do if your child hits his classmates

Tips for You This Week

Fill up on folic acid

There’s no doubt that your body works overtime when you’re expecting, and it can’t make a baby all on its own. It requires plenty of nutrients to baby-build.

Get your body ready for baby by taking 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. Loads of research has shown that folic acid, especially if it’s started in the months preceding pregnancy, has important health benefits for expecting women and their babies, including reducing the risk of congenital heart defects, gestational diabetes and preterm labor.

Ask your doc about meds

Whether you’re taking a prescription, OTC or herbal med, consult your doctor ASAP about which are safe and which could harm your baby-to-be’s health.

Herbal preparations are not tested or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not required to undergo clinical trials. Translation: Their safety (or lack thereof) is unknown. Even herbs that you’ve heard could be helpful during pregnancy may be dangerous at different points during the next nine months.

Kick your smoking habit

It’s never too early (or late) to kick a tobacco habit. Smoking seriously dampers your fertility and can harm your unborn baby.

Smoking around the time of conception increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy, and continued smoking can up the chances of a wide variety of pregnancy complications, including abnormal implantation or premature detachment of the placenta, premature rupture of the membranes and early delivery. Talk to your doc about safely stopping.

Have a preconception visit

Have you scheduled a preconception visit yet? No? Well, get to it! You’ll learn about genetic, environmental and lifestyle hazards that may put your fertility and baby at risk.

To prepare for your preconception checkup, gather information on the type of birth control you’re on, your menstrual cycles, a list of medications you currently take, any chronic conditions you have and your family health history.

Pick any position

More than a third of women think specific sexual positions up their chances of conceiving. But this is mostly a myth. Healthy sperm are excellent swimmers — and determined on their mission. Pretty much any position can get you pregnant, so you might as well pick one that gives you both the most pleasure.

If you’d like to add a little extra gravity into the equation, give sperm a head start by elevating your hips slightly and asking your partner to be on top.

Try to relax

Yoga? Meditation? Reading? Whatever it takes to relax, try to do it. Women who have the highest levels of a stress-related enzyme in their saliva called alpha-amylase were 29 percent less likely to get pregnant than those with the lowest levels, according to a study.

Look for signs of ovulation

Be an ovulation detective. At peak fertility, your cervical mucus increases and becomes more thin, gooey and slippery. Depending on how long your menstrual cycle lasts, your peak fertility can happen anywhere from 7 to 21 days from the first day of your last period.

Other signs of ovulation to watch out for include slightly lower basal body temperature (that then rises again), light spotting, cramps in your lower abdomen and an increased sex drive.