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Week One
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
 

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
Female Reproductive SystemBecause we are counting with the gestational age method, week one begins with the first day of your menstrual period. Conception hasn't yet occurred, but you already get to start counting. Such a deal - see how time flies when you're having fun!

Maternal Changes:
Your period has just started and you may be thinking about conception. For women with a 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs around 14 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. Now is a good time to begin healthy habits (if you haven't yet!). Start your pregnancy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; exercise; start taking additional folic acid if you haven't already; and stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and using over-the-counter medications. Stay away from toxic materials and rest well. Start "thinking pregnant" before you conceive so you can give your baby the best start possible.

Read these important articles on conception: For help in determining the best days to determine ovulation based on the length of your cycle, visit our Pregnancy Planner/Ovulation Calculator. It will give you details regarding fertile days and ovulation for three months based on the first day of your last menstrual period and length of your cycle.

Ideas for Partners:
Rest this week. At the end of next week, you have an important job to do!

Inspirational Thoughts:
Once you bring life into this world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world. ~Elie Weisel

Reading:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement by Toni Weschler, published by Collins Living, 2006

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