What’s Happening Inside
The first week of the pregnancy is normally a non-pregnant week. You will still have your period this week. But if you conceive during this menstrual cycle, the first day of your period will count as the first day of your pregnancy. Conception has not occurred yet, but you can already get counting.
For women with a 28-day cycle, ovulation occurs around 14 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. This is day one of your period. If you are trying to conceive during this menstrual cycle, take note of this very important date!
Nothing unusual will happen in your body as you are still not pregnant. However, if you are trying to conceive, now will be a good time for you to review your lifestyle and to begin healthy eating habits. Your pregnancy diet should consist of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also best to stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Refrain from contact with toxic materials such as pesticides, paints, thinners, varnish and aerosol products. Most importantly, have sufficient rest!
A Matter of Fact
Just 25 per cent of couples actively trying to conceive become pregnant in the first monthly cycle. For 60 per cent of couples, it takes around nine months. So don’t be too disappointed if you do not conceive straight away.
Tips for Daddy
Daddies, your diet counts too! If you wish to become a dad you should start eating healthily and review your lifestyle habits at least three months before conception. This will be further explained in Week 3.
A Quote for Mummy-to-be
“Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same.” ~ Catherine Jones
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This is part of our New Age Parents Week By Week Pregnancy Guide! This article was first published in New Age Pregnancy.
With this guide, we hope it will help to give you some reassurance and shed some light on the changes you will come to experience for the next 40 weeks. Now, let the countdown begin.
Disclaimer: Please keep in mind the information provided in this guide is just an approximate gauge for your pregnancy. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact your gynaecologist.
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