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A lot happens in your body during the 1st week of pregnancy – even if you don’t feel it yet. Now is the perfect time to create optimal conditions for your pregnancy.
In this article, you can find out why the 1st week of pregnancy is considered particularly delicate and why you are not yet officially pregnant.
Important facts about the 1st week of pregnancy: What you should know
You’ve probably heard of the typical pregnancy symptoms – nausea, vomiting or dizziness. But do you already notice something of a pregnancy in the 1st WOP?
Typical symptoms that occur during pregnancy are morning sickness, pulling of the breasts, fatigue and also constipation. As soon as the embryo has nested, all body functions are slowed down due to the progesterone released in the body. Although these symptoms are still very faint or not noticeable at all during the 1st WOP, they cannot be ruled out.
This is to protect the embryo and prevent the mother from overdoing it physically and thus increasing the risk of miscarriage.
The body is now adjusting to the pregnancy and the hormones are going crazy. It is also typical that women feel overjoyed one minute and sad the next.
Most pregnancy symptoms subside by the fourth month of pregnancy. After that, many pregnant women feel really well again and start to enjoy their pregnancy.
If you are dependent on medication, you should talk to your doctor about your desire to have a child. In most cases, it can help to change the medication to increase the chance of pregnancy.
Take care of yourself and lead a healthy lifestyle to increase your chances of getting pregnant. You can already prepare yourself ideally for pregnancy with a healthy diet. This way you increase your fertility and can optimally support your body.
What happens to you
With the 1st WOP your body begins to prepare for a possible pregnancy. Therefore, you are not officially pregnant at this time and do not notice any typical pregnancy symptoms.
There are a number of things you can do to support your body during pregnancy. In this article we will explain in detail what you should pay attention to.
1. WOP: Why you are not yet pregnant at this time
In the 1st week of pregnancy you are not officially pregnant yet. Your pregnancy begins on the first day of your last period. From then on, the count starts. Calculated according to the lunar calendar – that is 28 days per month.
After the 1st WOP, the body begins to prepare for a possible pregnancy. At the end of the 2nd SS W or at the beginning of the 3rd WOP ovulation occurs. Now you can be fertilized and if everything goes well, your baby will nest in the uterus in the 4th week.
Since you are not yet pregnant during this week, your body will go through its usual routine. You will have your period.
Even if it sounds a bit disappointing at first – your body creates the first conditions for a possible pregnancy here. For this reason, the actual pregnancy consists of only 40 weeks.
Tips to increase the probability of pregnancy
- Healthy diet
- Folic acid
- Sports and fitness
- Refrain from alcohol & nicotine
- Sexual intercourse at the right time
- Discontinuing contraceptives
1. WOP: How to prepare for your pregnancy
Proper nutrition during pregnancy
You are not officially pregnant in the 1st WOP, but you can create good conditions for it to work in this cycle.
Your body is now preparing for a potential pregnancy. Your period flushes out the unused egg and sets about making a new one available.
This is exactly the right time to change your life a bit and to make sure that as few harmful influences as possible get into your body. A healthy and nutritious diet also has a positive effect.
You can use this list as a guide:
- Plenty: Give calorie-free or low-calorie drinks and plant-based foods (vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains)
– Little: animal foods (milk and dairy products, meat, sausages, sea fish, eggs)
– Hardly: sweets, sugary drinks and snack products, and fats high in saturated fat (butter or lard). Prefer to use vegetable oils (e.g. canola oil or olive oil) as nutrient-rich fat sources
Folic acid in the 1st WOP
Above all, you should make sure in the 1st WOP that you now cover your need for folic acid.
As soon as pregnancy begins, your body needs additional folic acid for the baby. The daily requirement increases to 0.8 milligrams during the first months.
Folic acid is very important for the embryonic development of the brain and nervous system. If the requirement is not met, disorders can occur.
For the embryo to develop well, it needs folic acid. Women who wish to have children should take a daily dose of at least 0.4 milligrams even before pregnancy. In most cases, this requirement can be met through a healthy and balanced diet.
Folic acid preparations are also available. During pregnancy and especially in the first three months, the daily requirement increases to 0.8 mg.
Folic acid is important for the development of the brain and nerves. Most expectant mothers take folic acid supplements because it is difficult to cover the requirement through the diet.
Sport for a healthy body
A healthy body is more receptive to pregnancy than a body with poor fitness or overweight. This does not mean that a few extra pounds are a fundamental problem for pregnancy. However, women who suffer from obesity have been tested to have a significantly higher risk of miscarriage.
In general, your health is significantly crucial for the health of the child. The same is true for pregnancy: a healthy body is more likely to get pregnant.
The right time
Thechances of pregnancy are highest on the day of ovulation as well as the day before. So maximize your chances and try to get pregnant especially on the days when your cycle allows it
The rumors that certain sex positions increase the chances of pregnancy are not correct. Also, raising your legs or elevating your pelvis after sex does not affect pregnancy. Semen nests very quickly, which is why discharge has no significance in terms of getting pregnant.
Getting pregnant after stopping the pill
It may take some time after stopping the birth control pill for the cycle to return to normal. For this reason, pregnancy immediately after stopping the pill is very rare. Nevertheless, it can work to get pregnant right after stopping the pill.
1.WOP: What happens during fertilization
If the mature egg is fertilized by a sperm, the embryo – as the baby is called during the first three months – makes its way to the uterus.
There it tries to implant. Once it arrives in the uterus, the tiny embryo will consist of about 70 to 100 cells. Most expectant moms usually don’t notice they are pregnant during this week, and nothing can be seen on their abdomen yet.
Sperm cells can reach a speed of up to 17 km/h. This is about the speed of a long-wheel drive. This is roughly equivalent to the speed of a long-distance runner. On their way to the uterus and fallopian tubes, sperm slow down their speed. On this way, they are about 0.0002 km/h fast.
During fertilization, a lot of hormones are released in your body. This results in some changes that are very important for the pregnancy to last and for the embryo to develop.
For example, the corpus luteum hormone progesterone is produced, which helps to build up the uterine lining.
The way to the uterus
After fertilization of the egg cell, two nuclei are formed. One is the nucleus of the egg cell and contains the genetic material of the mother, the head is formed by the sperm with its genetic material.
They fuse and new life is created. This cell will divide already a while later and turn into several billion cells.
Already on the second day this cell has grown to four cells, on the third to eight. Thus, this small cell takes on the appearance of a mulberry and is therefore also called morula.
At this stage, the mulberry is called a germinal vesicle. It consists of two cell types, embryoblasts and trophoblasts . The embryo develops from the embryoblasts. The placenta develops from the second cell types, the trophoblasts. It is responsible for the supply of nutrients and oxygen.
If the embryo cannot resist interference, it is expelled during the next period. But if it can resist, it nests in the uterine lining.
It sheds its outer shell and anchors itself very firmly in the uterine lining. If the implantation was successful, the cell can grow into a small human being.
For successful implantation, the uterine lining should be well supplied with blood. In the 1st WOP, the mucous membrane is regenerated for this purpose, so that the uterus prepares itself for an upcoming pregnancy.
How to get pregnant
In the 2nd WOP, your mature egg must be fertilized. You are particularly fertile immediately before and after ovulation. This period lasts 12-24 hours.
Sperm can survive in your body for up to 5 days. Therefore, there is a good chance that they can also meet an egg and fertilize it.
In this section you will learn how you can now create optimal conditions for your pregnancy.
No-go’s during pregnancy
Abstain from alcohol and nicotine
Alcohol and nicotine are taboo during pregnancy. Already from the 1st WOP you should do without these harmful substances.
This prevents them from reaching the germ cells in the first place and thus does not reduce the chance of a possible pregnancy.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in your unborn baby and damage your child for life.
In addition to possible damage, there may be growth disorders, facial changes, and abnormalities of the central nervous system.
Medication and pregnancy: What should I be aware of?
Medication during pregnancy is an important topic for every pregnant woman: some preparations are helpful and necessary, while others can impair the healthy development of your baby.
If possible, you should not take any medicines at all during pregnancy – not even over-the-counter medicines. The active ingredients can reach your baby through the blood.
With some drugs, this can have serious consequences, as they have been proven to have harmful effects. For many medicines, the effects on pregnancy are not yet known.
Medicines that are medically necessary and that you have to take are exempt from the recommended medication waiver. For example, due to a chronic or mental illness such as asthma, diabetes or depression.
Accordingly, you should talk to your doctor after becoming aware of your pregnancy or if you wish to have a child. When it comes to medication during pregnancy, the general rule is: as little as possible and as much as absolutely necessary.
Even for trivial complaints – such as headaches – you should not simply reach into your medicine cabinet, but seek professional advice: Your gynecologist knows best whether and which medications may be used during pregnancy.
Asa general rule, everything you consume will also reach your baby. So avoid anything that is harmful to you and only eat and drink what contributes positively to your health and thus to the health of your child.
To increase the chance of pregnancy, I can give you the following tips: Pay attention to a healthy and balanced diet and avoid alcohol, nicotine and medication. In addition, you should try to avoid stress as much as possible. Sometimes it can take a while until you finally get pregnant. However, you should not put yourself under pressure
The 1st WOP begins after the fertilisation of a mature egg. Now it is important that the fertilised egg can implant in the uterus.
In the 1st and 2nd week of pregnancy you will not notice any signs or symptoms of pregnancy.
There are only a few fertile days in a woman’s cycle when she can become pregnant. The probability of pregnancy is particularly high in the period before ovulation.
The likelihood of pregnancy is increased by abstaining from nicotine, alcohol and medication. Furthermore, a healthy diet, exercise and sexual intercourse shortly before ovulation contribute to increasing the chances of pregnancy. In addition, taking folic acid helps, as it is particularly crucial for the baby’s development.
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