Pregnancy weekly progress (Week 1 to 3)

WEEK 1 to 3

As the EDD is calculated from the first day of your last period, week one happens to be your menstrual period and not the day you actually conceived. This means that during the first two weeks of the 40 weeks, you’re not actually pregnant, instead your body is making preparations for ovulation.

Here is the timeline for the first 3 weeks

  • Day 1: This is the first day of your period

  • Day 12-15 (depending on how long your cycle is) Ovulation period

  • Within the next 24 hours of ovulation, if you have sex without protection, an egg is fertilized by sperm

  • 5 to 6 days after ovulation, implantation occurs. The fertilized egg moves slowly along the fallopian tube towards the womb.



Points to consider during this period

  • Most women do not know they are pregnant until they miss their period, so do not be confused if you do not feel any differently about your body when you eventually find out you are pregnant. There are however some women who feel changes in their bodies and mood as soon as they conceive. You can read up on early pregnancy symptoms here and find out the more about pregnancy tests and how soon you can get tested.

  • You can begin to make healthy choices even as you prepare to get pregnant. Eat right, stop smoking (if you are a smoker), reduce the amount of alcohol you consume and make necessary adjustments to your fitness training if you’re a fitness enthusiasts. We have an article on fitness before, during, and after pregnancy for you to look at.

  • Once you think you could be pregnant, schedule an appointment with a doctor to start your antenatal care.You can also take folic acid supplements of 400 micrograms a day even before you get pregnant. Remember to consult with a doctor before self medications especially if you react to certain medications.

Check out our comprehensive article on pregnancy week 4-6.

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