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Weeks 1-3

Oh Baby!

Pregnancy is one of the most wild times in your life. It’s somehow both long and short
(which is something you will continually experience in parenthood). There is anxiety and excitement when thinking about the little person that will arrive in 40 weeks to forever change your life.
 
Pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. So technically in weeks 1 and 2 you aren’t even pregnant yet. Crazy, right? You probably won’t be able to tell anything has happened, and certainly a pregnancy test often misses the first signs before week 4.
 
It is worth it to discuss what your amazing body is going through from the very start.

Week 1

You are in full swing with your period. While this week is often a bummer for many women, this time your body is setting the stage for your perfect little baby’s new home for the next 9 months.

So celebrate mama because you won’t be experiencing your cycle again for some time!!

Week 2

The typical 28-day cycle expects your ovulation to occur about 14 days after the first day of your last period. So your body is still getting your body ready to start making magic.
 
However some women do release an egg during this time. It is important to note that each body (and often each cycle) is different. We recommend tracking your cycle along with a basil thermometer if you are actively trying to get pregnant. (Read more about this here)

Week 3

Baby making time!
 
The average lifespan of an unfertilized egg is about one day from its release from the ovaries. While this is the only time you CAN get pregnant, do not mistake that intercourse at this time is necessary to make it happen. Sperm can live up to 5 days inside a woman’s body.
 
Here’s where it all begins. Sperm and egg have come together to form a zygote. The zygote still needs to head down from the Fallopian tube to the uterus to implant for a successful pregnancy. But while it travels it is busy dividing into a larger group of cells that will eventually become your bundle of joy. Oh boy! (Or girl!!!)

Signs and Symptoms

During these first 3 weeks (especially 1 & 2) it is unlikely you will notice anything out of the ordinary with your body. There are some women who will be in-tune with the subtle changes right from the start. Early symptoms can include spotting and cramping (from when the egg implants in the uterus), gas, bloating, fatigue, breast tenderness, moodiness and nausea. Sound familiar?
 
One of the important and often frustrating aspect of early pregnancy is that your early symptoms often mimic PMS symptoms. This can get your head spinning since you won’t be able to confirm pregnancy just yet.

“Let us make pregnancy an occasion when we appreciate our female bodies.”

-Merete Leonhardt-Lupa