The first week is just the beginning of your nine-month journey. Know what to expect by reading this comprehensive guide.
How Big Is My Baby Now?
If this is your first pregnancy, you might be thinking a lot about your baby’s growth and development in your tummy.
During the first week, your baby is just the size of a seed, still preparing to be implanted into your uterine wall.
What Is My Baby Doing?
During this stage, you can’t really pinpoint your baby’s activities just yet. Your baby is still just a tiny little seed waiting for the mom to nourish his or her body in the next 40 weeks.
My Changing Body - Week 1
In the course of nine months, your body will be subjected to a lot of changes. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. During your first week, you might not feel your baby bump yet, but you might be experiencing some of the common symptoms of pregnancy as enumerated below.
You feel a lot different during your first week. You get up feeling tired, dizzy, and bloated. You might even be suffering from bouts of intense headaches. Other women think that these symptoms are just part of their PMS. However, pregnancy symptoms can be more severe than your usual PMS symptoms. These symptoms can even interfere with your regular tasks.
Most pregnant women on their first week of pregnancy also experience vaginal bleeding. At this stage, the fertilised egg becomes implanted in the uterus The difference from having your period is that vaginal bleeding is lighter in colour and can be intermittent.
Week 1 Mommy Checklist
Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Eating right is crucial during your first trimester. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your regular diet can help temper your blood sugar levels. Pregnant women are prone to having gestational diabetes. Proper diet at the start of your pregnancy can dramatically help you to prevent this.
Maintain a Healthier Lifestyle
Having a healthier lifestyle will help you to have an easier pregnancy. If you are a frequent smoker or drinker, you may consider cutting down on the cigarette packs or the booze. You might be unknowingly putting your child at risk.
Visit Your Gynecologist
If you haven’t paid a visit to your gynecologist yet, consider visiting one soon. You might need to go for additional tests without realising it. If it's for your baby’s safety, you should definitely go for it!
Drink Vitamins with Ferrous Sulfate or Folic Acid
To help develop your child’s brain function, you should be taking vitamins especially those with ferrous sulfate and folic acid. Folic acid helps prevent spina bifida (spinal cord defects) in children. Plus, it also prevents neural tube defects from occurring.
Likewise, ferrous sulfate aids in fetal growth and maternal health. It also helps in increasing blood volume since pregnant women need twice as much iron than non-pregnant women.
Tips For Partners
Enlisting the help of your partner early on in your pregnancy can lift a significant amount of burden off your shoulders. Although women can be excellent multitaskers, don’t take on every task on your to-do list alone. You need all the help you can get.
For partners, your lady will definitely appreciate your presence at every step of her pregnancy. For starters, you can accompany her during her visits to the doctor. Not only she will feel reassured because of your presence, but you will also get first-hand information on your baby’s development. You will even get to ask the necessary questions on how to help your partner during pregnancy.
Also, it is helpful if you know what to expect during the next weeks of your partner’s pregnancy. In doing this, you will be able to provide her needs in advance.
Also, take note of the important dates, such as scheduled doctor’s appointments, and expected delivery date so that you can help your partner in preparing.
A Sneak Peek To Your Second Week
While there’s no need to rush, you can expect more changes happening to your body during your second week. A heightened sense of smell, breast soreness, and more!
To know more about what to expect, don’t forget to check on next week’s article!