These very early days and weeks of your pregnancy are the beginning of a magical journey, and it’s not always easy to know what to expect at 1-3 weeks pregnant.
You may not actually realise or suspect that you’re pregnant.
It is very common for women not to experience any pregnancy symptoms in the first three weeks of pregnancy, but there are lots of amazing things already going on within your body.
Week 1 Pregnant
The first thing most women notice is a missing period!
The most reliable way of determining if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.
If your test shows a positive and you think you are pregnant, it’s important to contact a midwife or doctor to start your pregnancy (antenatal) care. You can do this by reaching out to your doctor.
Oddly, in the first few weeks of your pregnancy, you are not actually classed as pregnant yet. Why? Well, a due date for a pregnancy always starts from the first day of the last period (commonly referred to as your ‘LMP’) before a conception.
Basically, this means that week one would count as the first week of your pregnancy, even though the egg may not yet have been fertilised.
Week 2 Pregnant
Very often your period will be over by week 2 of pregnancy as one of your ovaries gets ready to release an egg inside one of the fallopian tubes to make its journey from the ovaries down to the uterus. Be mindful that this can vary depending on the actual length of your personal menstrual cycle.
It can be difficult to comprehend what to expect at 1-3 weeks, but amazingly at week 2, the egg is already heading down the fallopian tube to find a sperm somewhere in the fallopian tube. Once the magic happens (conception), everything starts to get very busy indeed within the uterus.
Week 3 Pregnant
You may not yet notice any symptoms at three weeks pregnant, but your body, especially inside your belly, is doing the most amazing things.
After your egg has been fertilised by a sperm, they come together within the fallopian tube and form one single cell known as a zygote. The zygote is very important because it carries chromosomes from both mum and dad, which end up building the blocks for your little baby’s future.
The zygote divides, doubling itself and the number of cells. Then this cluster of cells heads on through the fallopian tube for a few more days, continually doubling in size, until it reaches the end of its journey in the uterus.
When it arrives in the uterus it attaches itself to the lining (implantation) and BOOM. Congratulations, you’re pregnant!