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Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 1

The first week of pregnancy starts from the first day of your menstrual period as this week is included in the 40 week pregnancy even though your baby has not been conceived yet. Your healthy habits count a lot in determining your baby’s health, so you should plan and keep your body in the right condition to be able to carry the baby full term.

Some healthy tips to keep in mind in the first week of pregnancy are:

Avoid alcohol, drugs and tobacco products: These products if consumed can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory problems, low birth weight and other health problems.

Confide in your doctor and the other prescription and OTC drugs that you are taking: Your health care professional will be able to advise you if it is safe to continue taking these medicines or not.

Be diet-conscious: your diet should contain 400 micro-grams of folic acid per day. This can prevent spinal and other kinds of defects in your baby. You should include a folic acid supplement to prevent health problems and give birth to a healthy baby.

Good nutrition and prenatal care will give the best possible start to your unborn baby during the first week. The symptoms related to your pregnancy can be:

  • Missed menstrual period
  • Nausea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Spotting

Once you confirm that you are pregnant you should consult a health care professional about the medical supplements and appropriate diet. You can also calculate the due date with the help of a pregnancy calendar. You should also indulge in some low impact exercises like stretching exercises or yoga to keep your mind and body in a good condition. You can also take up other safe exercises like pelvic floor exercises, pilates, walking or aqua natal exercises.

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