At week 1 of pregnancy, your baby is just a wish that you and your partner are trying to achieve. It can be a bit disconcerting to think of this time as part of your pregnancy even though your baby hasn?t even been conceived yet. But since the actual moment of conception is very hard to pinpoint, doctors use the 1st day of your last menstrual period to calculate your due date. Now, just because you can’t really claim to be truly one week pregnant, it doesn’t mean that this period is insignificant. In fact, the first week of pregnancy is vital because just about two weeks later, you’ll be ready to conceive!
Week 1 of pregnancy is something that passes without you knowing it as this is when you get your monthly period. If this is the first week of pregnancy for you, you will experience your last menstrual period for the next nine months — or even longer if you breastfeed after delivery.
If you’re actively trying to conceive then during each period, you will have to assume that you are one week pregnant and take the necessary steps with your partner. You can increase the likelihood of conception by asking your partner to avoid subjecting his sperm to too much heat like in a sauna, steam bath, or hot tub. You can do your part by seeing your obstetrician as well as making sure that your diet is rich in folic acid which you can get from green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, some tree nuts, and supplements. This can help bring down the risk of spinal bifida and other neural tube defects, and is especially important during the first few weeks of fetal development. Since you probably won’t know you’re pregnant until after the first month, getting yourself nourished and ready for new life is the best thing you can do — as early as week 1 of pregnancy.