By the commencement of the first week, you need to know that there is no embryo, fetus, or even baby in sight. It is all about prep work! A full swam of sperms lay in waiting for an anxious egg on its way down towards the uterus. As the egg meets the sperms and one makes through its membrane that is the magical moment, the life-giving point where everyone of us started. From that moment, the body goes into a frenzy preparing for implantation and full pregnancy.
In reality, you are not yet pregnant at this point! Though some may start getting early signs, the chances are that even an at-home test will give negative results. It is advisable to wait until the 5th week. But how can this be? For the egg to reach the uterus, implant, and the fetus to start developing, it will be about 2 weeks.
Because this is the week that the ovum (egg) gets fertilized, many have been asking the question; what exactly is the time that I became pregnant? Well, it is very difficult to cite the time, hour, and day that the pregnancy starts. Indeed, the sperms can wait up to 6 days after ovulation and take over 10 more days moving down and being implanted in the uterus.
Well, these numbers can be confusing! Indeed, the reality is that your pregnancy goes for only 38 weeks because by the time the embryo starts growing, approximately two weeks are already gone. Well, do not keep worrying much about the exact point when your pregnancy hit the road; take the first week as a kick-start and get down to preparing for the lovely journey till the last week.
Even as difficult as it is to pinpoint when exactly the pregnancy started, get down to basics to know how everything happened. Immediately after fertilization, the sperm and egg form a single cell that starts going through series of cell divisions;
It is during this week that the chromosomes combine to determine the sex of the child and kick start development of key organs though at a very basic stage. Think of it this way, the baby’s organs starting as single cells that will divide and grow to form full organs in the second trimester and third respectively.
While many people will rarely notice that they are pregnant, the body is undergoing a lot of things. In fact, most women will consider minor signs as natural and even not take it seriously. At this moment, the body is pumping a lot of progesterone and estrogen and you can anticipate the following signs;
While the first and even subsequent two weeks may pass before you can get a confirmation that you are indeed pregnant; the best thing is treating yourself like you are fully pregnant by doing the following: