One Week Pregnancy Symptoms

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Many women confuse early pregnancy symptoms with PMS, such as crankiness or stomach cramps. Due to the increased hormones, women may attribute these week one symptoms to other reasons and not realize they are pregnant.

  1. Basics

    • There are basic signs of pregnancy in the first week such as tender breasts or morning sickness. But there are other things that may help you determine if you are pregnant during that first week of suspicion. Women may attribute slight symptoms such as frequent urination, sleep disturbances or a higher body temperature with the flu or just feeling rundown.

    Process

    • During the first week, the sperm and egg join together in one of the fallopian tubes to form a zygote, soon to be the embryo. It then travels down the tube to the uterus. When it reaches the uterus, it latches onto the uterine wall. That's when a pregnancy test may be positive. The embryo is about 1/25 of an inch long.

      The uterine lining is thickening to receive the egg and higher levels of progesterone are produced. When the egg is implanted, it develops small cilia that become the placenta.

    Changes

    • Many women may not feel anything different in the first week of pregnancy. However, others experience small changes in their bodies, such as increased fatigue, spotting, stomach cramping, nausea or frequent urination--things that normally signal the arrival of a menstrual period.

    Tests

    • Once there is a missed period, a pregnancy test should be taken. A home pregnancy urine test looks for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). If a fertilized egg was implanted, this hormone should present itself. It may be easier to determine if hCG is present in the morning because the hormone level is elevated at the beginning of the day. There are many home pregnancy tests on the market and are rarely inaccurate. Tests are available in most pharmacies and cost between $8 and $20.

    Now what?

    • If it's positive, congratulations! Eating healthy foods and avoiding certain items are important for a healthy baby. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Several types of food shouldn't be consumed, such as fish with high levels of mercury, unpasteurized cheeses, raw seafood, deli meats and large amounts of caffeine. Make an appointment with your obstetrician and enjoy the process of a growing baby.

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