There are no noticeable physical changes that are observed during the first week. But many internal changes have started taking place at this point. Symptoms at this early stage vary between women to women and in most of the cases changes go unnoticed until after the second week. You may not observe it, but there are a whole lot of things already going on with you and your unborn baby.
Maybe a son or daughter, but the sex has been decided this early.
Seven signs in first seven days:
Here we are providing you seven signs that you may observe in the first week of your pregnancy:
#1 Breast tenderness
- This symptom is an early sign which begins as soon as one week. Your breasts may be extra tender than before.
- Body starts making so much estrogen and progesterone hormones in early pregnancy that the glands in the breasts start growing. Apart from these hormones, the fat that is building up in your breasts and the increased blood supply to that area can also be blamed for changes and tenderness in your breast.
- The variations in the breasts may include: tenderness to the touch or may get sore or swollen.
#2 Implantation bleeding
When a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus, this condition is known as implantation bleeding. This thing is completely normal to observe and don’t require any medical treatment. Implantation building is often confused with having an early period.
There is a difference in implantation bleeding and period. The several key aspects include:
- Color: There is a color difference as in implantation bleeding the color will be pinkish or dark brown, whereas period blood is bright, vibrant red.
- Duration: The implantation bleeding lasts up to 1-2 days because it happens only when the egg is attaching itself to uterus lining.
- Timing: Implantation bleeding happens ten days after ovulation occurs. On the other hand, menstruation occurs after 28 days.
- Cramping: When an egg attaches itself to the uterus lining only light cramps occurs. But the menstruation cramps are intense and high.
You will feel so tired that you will feel it difficult to work and perform other household chores. It is because your hormones are working overtime to make all the changes your body. If your fatigue doesn’t get better with rest, you should pay your doctor a visit. To feel normal, do some stretches and deep breathing exercise. You can also go for the brisk walk around the home or block. Start drinking plenty of water and consume vitamins to keep you active.
#4 Darkening of areola
Most of the common physical changes in pregnancy occur in your breasts. The skin around the nipples starts darkening. Many women see this skin continue to darken in the further weeks of gestation. This darkening is due to the secretion of several types of hormones in the body. This change in color can be observed as early as the first week of pregnancy. The increase in diameter of areolas can also be seen. Darkening of skin is also found around the anal region during pregnancy.
High levels of pregnancy hormones flooding your body are the primary cause of nausea. You may experience discomfort in the upper stomach and an urge to vomit. It is encountered in the first week of your pregnancy. HCG secretion is the cause of nausea. Women with a higher level of HCG levels experience morning sickness on severe levels. Vomiting during pregnancy indicates that you are experiencing normal hormonal changes in your body. If you are feeling severe sickness, you need to see your doctor immediately.
The hormone progesterone is released in the first week of gestation which is responsible for the feeling of dizziness. You may feel light-headed and unbalanced all day along.
#7 Bloating and cramps
Cramps, backache are early pregnancy symptoms. Progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body which slows down the digestive process. The slower digestion of food leads to bloating and the formation of different types of gasses.
Cramping is a normal part of pregnancy. Cramps are also experienced in the first week due to the expansion of the uterus causing ligaments and muscles to support and stretch it which leads to pain due to the formation of cramps.