Pregnancy Signs during First Week of Pregnancy
Signs Of Pregnancy Week 1
Planning to start a family or have another baby? Before you decide to move any further, make sure that your body is all set to support the pregnancy till the end. The first question that you probably have is, "how do I recognize the signs of pregnancy?" There are ten early signs of pregnancy that you should know of. You may not experience all the ten.
of them, but you may experience one or two of the early pregnancy signs, so it’s important to know them alla What you experience is different from other women, as it depends on the body’s constitutioni
- Once you have conceived, the fertilized egg needs to implant itself in your uterusr
This will take almost a weeke When the fertilized egg implants itself, you may experience light bleeding or spottingi This is normal and this happens because the fertilized egg burrows itself in the uterus, hence the bleedingi This bleeding stops within a few daysa Remember, menstrual flow always starts light, gets heavy, and then stops, but in this case it will be light spottingi In case you feel that the bleeding is getting heavier then you should consult your doctor immediatelye
These pregnancy signs are just temporary and will vanish after your deliverye Hence, take good care of yourself and stay calm and relaxed as much as you can throughout your pregnancyn
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
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Shalini Patni, 28 Feb 2017
Pregnancy tests are very sensitive so it is common to find out that you are pregnant before you develop any signs or symptoms of pregnancy. However, as your pregnancy continues you are likely to experience various symptoms and signs.
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- arrow-downHow do I know I am pregnant?
- arrow-downWhat are the common symptoms and signs of early pregnancy?
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Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
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How do I know I am pregnant?
Pregnancy tests are available from chemists and supermarkets and are very sensitive. They test for the presence of a hormone called beta human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta-hCG) in your urine. Beta-hCG is produced by your body when an egg (which has been fertilised by a sperm) attaches and fixes itself (implants itself) into the wall of your womb (uterus).
Different makes of pregnancy tests vary in how sensitive they are. The more sensitive ones can become positive when you are only a few days pregnant. However, a negative test does not mean that you are not pregnant; it may just mean that the levels of this hormone are not high enough to be detected by the test.
As pregnancy tests vary in how you use them, it is important to read the instructions carefully before you do the test.
If your first pregnancy test is negative but you think you may be pregnant then you should repeat the pregnancy test one week later. If you have a positive pregnancy test, this does not need to be repeated by a doctor or a midwife.
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What are the common symptoms and signs of early pregnancy?
The symptoms of early pregnancy vary tremendously between women. Some women hardly have any symptoms, whereas others have very severe symptoms. It is impossible to predict which women will have more severe symptoms. However, in general, if you are expecting twins or triplets then it is likely that your symptoms will be more severe.
Extreme tiredness is often the most common sign of an early pregnancy. Although it is common to become more tired in the later stages of pregnancy, this extreme tiredness and lack of energy (lethargy) usually last for the first twelve weeks (first trimester). They usually then improve.
Urinary symptoms and constipation
You may notice that you need to pass urine more frequently than you used to. This is actually due to the effect of the beta-hCG hormone which makes your kidneys work harder to produce more urine. This is different to the reason you will need to pass urine more often in the later stages of pregnancy, which is due to the baby’s head pressing on your bladder.
Note: if you experience any burning, stinging or a high temperature (fever) with these urinary symptoms, contact your doctor or midwife. Urine infections are common when you are pregnant. Your doctor or midwife will arrange to test your urine for an infection. See separate leaflet called Urine Infection in Pregnancy for more information.
It can be common to find that you are more constipated than usual in the early stages of pregnancy. This is due to the chemical (hormone) progesterone making your bowel more relaxed and sluggish. It is important to have a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy. If you do become constipated then you should eat more foods with lots of fibre in them, like wholemeal bread, fruit and vegetables. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids, especially water.
Another very early sign of pregnancy is breast tenderness. You may find that just the water from your shower on your breasts makes them feel uncomfortable and very tender. You may also find that you wake in the night when you roll on to your front because your breasts are tender. Your breasts may tingle at times or even have stabbing pains in them. You may also notice that your breasts become bigger and more swollen over the first few weeks of pregnancy. As your pregnancy develops it is common to notice some veins under the surface of your skin over your breasts. This is entirely normal.
After a few weeks you may notice that the coloured skin around your nipples (the areolae) becomes darker.
Feeling sick (nausea)
Although most women think that feeling sick is the first sign of being pregnant, it is more common to develop other symptoms first. Feeling sick usually starts around the sixth week of your pregnancy. This can, however, vary between pregnancies in the same woman as well as between different women. You may find that you are being sick (vomiting) as well as feeling sick. The amount and frequency really does vary between women and can also be different (worse or better) in later pregnancies.
This sickness is commonly referred to as morning sickness. It is more common to experience feeling sick only in the mornings. However, you may find that this feeling continues throughout the afternoons and even into the evenings. See separate leaflet called Morning Sickness in Pregnancy for more information.
You may find that you crave certain foods during your pregnancy or even go off some foods. Some women experience a metallic taste in their mouth. You are likely to have a heightened sense of smell during your early pregnancy. This may make any feelings of sickness that you have worse.
The changes in hormone levels in early pregnancy may make you feel more moody and irritable than usual.
Although this has always been the most obvious sign of pregnancy, many women now find out they are pregnant before they miss their first period.
Many women may have a small amount of bleeding (spotting) at the time of their missed period. This is sometimes called an ‘implantation bleed’. It happens when the fertilised egg attaches and fixes itself (implants itself) in the wall of your womb (uterus). It is harmless.
However, if you have any spotting or heavy bleeding when you are pregnant then you should let your doctor or midwife know. In some cases further tests (for example, a scan) are necessary. This is because bleeding can sometimes be a sign of a miscarriage. See separate leaflet called Miscarriage and Bleeding in Early Pregnancy for more information. Less commonly it can be the first symptom of an ectopic pregnancy. ‘Ectopic’ refers to a pregnancy which occurs outside the womb. See separate leaflet called Ectopic Pregnancy for more information.
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What should I do when I find out that I am pregnant?
Once your pregnancy has been confirmed by a pregnancy test then you should contact your doctor’s surgery. They will arrange for you to see your doctor or midwife. Usually you will be seen by a midwife at around twelve weeks of your pregnancy. They will see you at your surgery, at a children’s centre or at home. It is rare nowadays to have to go to a hospital to see a midwife.
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It is important to have a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy. This includes healthy eating and taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements. See separate leaflet called Diet and Lifestyle during Pregnancy for more details.
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– One of your eggs erupts from its follicle and is swept away from your ovary and into a Fallopian tube.
– During the next 12 to 24 hours, that egg will be fertilized if one of the 250 million sperm your mate ejaculates manages to swim all the way from your vagina through your cervix, up into your uterus to the Fallopian tube, and penetrate the egg.
– The sperm move forward by wiggling their tails through the dangerous obstacle track, the acidity in the vagina, the cervix, and the uterus. The obstacles claim many lives. The slow and weak give up.
– Now there are only about 100 sperm left competing for the ovum, but only one will make it through the ovum’s protective layer
– Once a single sperm has penetrated, the cell membrane of the egg changes its electrical characteristics and does not allow other sperms to enter.
– For the winning sperm, it is the beginning. It sheds its unnecessary tail and load, and is free.
– The father’s genetic material merges with the mother’s. A new and unique cell is created: the fertilized ovum
– The fertilized egg will travel from the Fallopian tube to the uterus and start developing fetus.
Signs of Pregnancy the Day After Conception
Women who are trying to conceive look for immediate signs that they are pregnant, even the first day after ovulation. While there are no immediate signs the day after conception, many early signs of pregnancy can start as soon as a week after conception.
The Day After Conception
Unfortunately, you can’t know the day after conception whether you are pregnant. Signs and symptoms of pregnancy do not appear until at least one week after conception. Although you may be impatient to know whether you are pregnant, the only sure way to know is to take a pregnancy test after a missed period.
The First Week
The first sign that most women notice when they are pregnant is a missed period. However, implantation bleeding can be confused with a light period when it is actually the fetus attaching itself to your uterus. With implantation bleeding, the blood is not as dark as your menstrual flow, nor is it as heavy; it is usually light spotting.
Fatigue is also an early sign that women experience during the first week of pregnancy. If you find yourself tired after having a restful sleep, this could be a sign that you’re pregnant.
The Second Week
During the second week of your pregnancy, you may notice that your breasts have become more tender than usual. Other signs may include mood swings, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Not all of these symptoms may appear, as every woman experiences different signs of pregnancy. However, through the years, these have been the most commonly reported signs of pregnancy.
The Third Week
The third and fourth weeks of pregnancy are when the most signs occur. You may find that you are going to the restroom more than usual. Morning sickness occurs anywhere between one and six weeks after conception, but usually around the third or fourth week. An increased appetite and digestive problems are also common during your third week.
Some symptoms of pregnancy can show up even when you are not pregnant, so the only sure way to know is by taking a pregnancy test. If you test negative with a home pregnancy test and still believe that you may be pregnant because of your symptoms, consult a doctor and have a blood test done for a more accurate result.