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Congratulations, you're pregnant - almost! Did you know that you're already considered two weeks pregnant when you conceive? The first day of your pregnancy is actually the first day of your last period. So, you haven't even ovulated when doctors consider you to be pregnant. So, you're not technically pregnant during your first week, but you soon will be.

You're going to be pregnant for approximately 40 weeks, which breaks down into 280 days. Each 13 week section of your pregnancy is called a trimester, and you can expect very different things depending on whether you're in your first trimester or your third.

During this time, you should ensure that your body is in optimal health for pregnancy. If you smoke or drink, you need to stop right away your baby's health depends on it. Mothers who smoke during pregnancy have a much higher risk of having a premature or low birth weight baby, or having a baby who dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Alcohol can cause serious pregnancy complications and birth defects, and no amount is safe during pregnancy. You need to talk to your physician about any prescription or over the counter medications you may be taking. Certain medications can interfere with conception, or be dangerous to a developing fetus.

Your diet should be rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats and fish. Keep fatty snacks and sweets to a minimum, and look for foods rich in iron, calcium and protein. Increase your caloric intake to about 2200 calories per day, as this is the recommended amount for conception. Once you're pregnant, your physician will recommend you eat around 2500 calories daily.

It's essential that you're taking at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily, as this helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. These neural tube defects occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy, usually before you even know you're pregnant. Start taking a prenatal vitamin now, as many regular supplements aren't safe for pregnant women. Taking a prenatal vitamin will ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need for your baby's growth.

Most women find out they are pregnant with a home pregnancy test, once they miss their period or start having pregnancy symptoms like sore and swollen breasts and morning sickness. Once you suspect you're pregnant, you need to schedule an appointment with your physician to confirm your pregnancy and discuss your medical history and pregnancy plans.

 


 
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