First Week Pregnancy Symptoms
First Week Sign of Pregnancy

So, you want to know what the first week pregnancy symptoms and signs are. Well, you've come to the right place.

But, first let me explain how the weeks of pregnancy are counted.

The 40 weeks of pregnancy start with your last menstrual period (LMP). So the first week of your pregnancy starts with the first day of your period which means you are not actually pregnant yet.

Your due date will be on or about the end of the 40th week from your LMP.

So the symptoms of pregnancy the first week will likely be menstrual cramps, pain, bloating, headaches, and so on. All the usual symptoms you get during your period.

What can you do about first week pregnancy symptoms (period relief)

If you are trying to get pregnant and you want to relieve symptoms associated with the pregnancy week 1 (i.e. during your period), natural remedies are the best way to go.

  • Heating pad is often used by women during their periods for menstrual pain relief. If you are TTC you don't want to set it on it's highest setting, use a low heat setting. Or use a hot water bottle filled with very warm water.
  • Red raspberry leaf tea is a great all-around herbal tea for fertility and pregnancy. Full of vitamins and nutrients, this tea not only helps relieve pain and cramps but helps with morning sickness and constipation pregnancy symptoms. Drink 3 cups a day all cycle while TTC.  Then, continue throughout your pregnancy.
  • Red Clover Blossoms tea is another remedy for period relief, especially cramps, that also helps increase chances of getting pregnant.  Drink up to 3 cups a day throughout your cycle.
  • Chamomile tea is a great home remedy for menstrual cramps during pregnancy week 1. Drink at least 2 cups of this tea each day of your period.
  • Ginger root tea is a simple soothing tea you can make at home. Slice some ginger root and simmer in a pot of water for about 15 minutes. Strain and drink throughout the day.
  • Cramp bark is an antispasmodic herb that is available as a tincture. Take 20 to 30 drops per dose every hour as needed during your period.  Cramp bark does seem to work better at preventing cramps.  So you can take this herbal tincture a few days before you start your period, also.  It is ok to take even if you think you may be pregnant as it also helps to prevent miscarriages.  However, this herb is to be taken as needed and not continually for long periods of time. 
  • Black haw is another herb that is great for uterine cramps and irritation of the uterus and ovaries with radiating pains.  It is a sister plant to cramp bark and works very similarly.

What you can do before the first week pregnancy symptoms (PMS relief)

  • Get regular exercise even if it's only a short walk for about 1/2 to 1 hour a day. Another great way to get exercise is to perform fertility yoga. This obviously has dual purposes. This helps to strengthen, tone and increase blood flow and oxygen to the abdominal area to help relieve cramping and pain and also to increase fertility.
  • Evening primrose oil has fatty acids that have been known to help prevent cramps and pain. Not to mention, it is great for those trying to conceive by increasing the quantity and quality of fertile cervical mucus to boost fertility. This is usually taken the first two weeks of your menstrual cycle.
  • Foods and supplements that are high in B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and zinc are very helpful in preventing the signs of the first week of pregnancy (PMS: cramps, pain, bloating).

Speaking of food, now is the perfect time to start eating a nutritious fertility diet. I can't stress enough how important eating well balanced, nutrient rich foods and whole food supplements are to getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Lots of BABY DUST to you!! And wishing you a happy and healthy nine months!!

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