1 week pregnant
Believe it or not, your body is planning on becoming pregnant, every month whether you want to be pregnant or not. Our pregnancy calendar will begin with the first day of your last menstrual period. In fact, you’re not pregnant yet at this point, but this is a good starting point.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you are at least up to this point. Please think ahead and stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, and of course do not take any drugs that are not prescribed by your healthcare provider, you should even be careful when taking vitamins and supplements. If you are taking prescription drugs or over the counter drugs you should contact your doctor to find out if any could be harmful to your future pregnancy. He may decide to change your prescriptions or leave them unchanged.
The important thing is to know exactly what you are putting in your body before you get pregnant. It may even be a good idea to make an appointment with your gynecologist and let him know that you are thinking about getting pregnant. That way, he will prescribe vitamin supplements made specifically for your pregnancy. Folic acid supplements are the most important for all women who are planning pregnancy. Folic acid can protect your baby from neural tube defects. Women who take folic acid starting one month prior to conception and throughout the first trimester reduce their baby’s risk of birth defects by up to 70%.
Also, it is helpful to try and keep track of your menstrual cycle. It is important to start taking care of yourself early if you want to become pregnant. You may be pregnant and not even know it!
Do you work in an area with hazardous materials or radiation can be found? Be prepared to take the necessary precautions for your pregnancy. For example, women working in hospitals can read the guidelines that are made for pregnant women working with laboratory items.
If you are ever hospitalized, tell the doctors immediately that you are trying to get pregnant to avoid any unnecessary x-ray exposure to your baby, which in the first few weeks of pregnancy is very sensitive to these normally harmless rays.