1 week pregnant
Your Baby –
When you are 1 week pregnant, that actually means that, you are not pregnant. This week includes the normal menstrual cycle. Doctors measure the duration of pregnancy from the first day of your last menstrual period, not from the day you conceive. So when you are ‘four weeks pregnant’, it is actually about two weeks after you conceived. Pregnancy normally lasts for 37–42 weeks from the first day of your last period. The average is 40 weeks.
If you are not sure about the date of your last period, then your early scan will give a good indication of when your baby will be due.
In the first two weeks, you are actually not pregnant. In the very early weeks, the developing baby is called an embryo. From about eight weeks, it is called a fetus.
You probably don’t know you’re pregnant, but you’re well on your way. Your conception date is considered to be two weeks after the last day of your last menstrual period.
During pregnancy, your healthy habits reflect health in your baby. While planning to conceive, take the time to prepare your body for motherhood. Before becoming pregnant, you should:
Avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products. These substances can cause birth defects, fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory problems, low birth weight, and other health problems.
Talk to your doctor about any prescription and nonprescription (OTC) drugs you are taking. You’ll need to take special precautions with medications because many prescription and over-the-counter medications can negatively affect the fetus. But don’t stop taking prescription drugs without consulting your health care provider, who will help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of stopping your medications.
Maintain a diet that contains an adequate amount of vitamins, especially folic acid. Women who are attempting to become pregnant should take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. Adequate folic acid intake reduces the risk of neural tube defects (birth defects caused by incomplete development of the brain or spinal cord), such as spina bifida. Be sure to talk to your health care provider about taking a folic acid supplement while you are trying to conceive.
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