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Technically, you're not pregnant at the end of your second week of pregnancy. Doctors count your first two weeks before conception as part of your pregnancy, even though the egg hasn't been fertilized yet. So, you're considered pregnant before you even conceive!

Your uterus has prepared itself for a baby by shedding its lining, and you will be menstruating right now. Inside your uterus, a tissue rich in blood is being prepared to hold your future baby. Your eggs are ripening in one of your ovaries, and soon one of these eggs will be released. If you are going to become pregnant with identical twins, your fertile egg will split in half before conception, while if you're going to have fraternal twins, your ovaries will release two separate eggs.

At the end of these two weeks, you're ready to conceive. You probably won't even know that you're pregnant for a few weeks to a month after you conceive, as most pregnancy symptoms aren't apparent immediately after conception.

Your diet and lifestyle are important before you even conceive. A healthy, balanced diet can help boost your fertility. You'll need about 300 extra calories a day during your pregnancy about 2500 calories total. So, you should be eating about 2200 calories every day before conception, focusing on consuming a variety of nutritious foods. Minimize the amount of sweets and fat you eat each day, and look out for hidden fats like salad dressing and cooking oil.

If you drink or smoke, it's essential that you quit now. Also, if you use recreational drugs, you can be putting yourself and your yet-to-be conceived baby at risk. Mothers who smoke, drink or do drugs have a much higher risk of having a baby that dies of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), being born prematurely, and having serious birth defects. It's much more difficult to quit once you're pregnant, so eliminate bad habits before you conceive.

You need to talk to your physician about taking a prenatal vitamin. Even though you haven't conceived yet, your body will still benefit from the vitamins and minerals you'll get from a prenatal supplement. You need to be taking at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, which can prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida, which develops in the first few weeks of pregnancy. Many of the genetic defects that occur happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy, before you're even aware that you've conceived.


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