Pregnancy: Week - 1

How your body is changing:

Week one begins as your uterus begins to shed its lining, or to put it more plainly, you’ve begun your period. Around the end of this week hormones will signal the ovaries to prepare an egg within them. This egg will one day be half of your new baby!

How your life is changing:

Stop smoking, drug and alcohol use. Studies show even one glass of wine can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in some women, and there is no way to know if you are one of those women. Also avoid second hand smoke, and if your partner is a smoker its better he quits, or smokes outside. This applies even in the car, window open or not, you should not be in a vehicle if someone is smoking.

If you’ve been using birth control, stop. As well as consult a doctor on the safety during pregnancy of other medications you may be taking. Take the prescriptions with you when you consult a doctor. He will evaluate the risks and advantages of said medications, and explore alternatives to their use if they can be harmful to your baby, for which the prescription will be of great help.

You may think you have already given up enough. But, you’ll need to cut back on your caffeine intake if you’re a heavy tea, coffee, or soda drinker. Experts agree keeping daily caffeine consumption below 300 mg leads to heavier, healthier babies with less miscarriage and premature births. To give you a rough idea of what 300 mg of caffeine is, a regular eight ounce coffee has 107 mg of caffeine on average, a twelve ounce coca-cola 34.5 mg and an average eight ounce glass of tea contains 47 mg. As you can tell 300 mg is easy to exceed.

Exercise is important now and should be continued throughout your pregnancy unless otherwise instructed by a doctor. Your labor will go easier, and you will appreciate all of your hard work later on!

Start taking a prenatal vitamin with ample folic acid (at least .4 mg daily), and stop taking any herbal supplements until you have cleared them with your doctor.

The healthier your body is now, the healthier you and your baby will be later.

It’s not to scare you but the miscarriage rate drops considerably after the second missed period, or eight week. Though studies vary it’s believed that 22% of pregnancies miscarriage before a positive test can be obtained, and that 80% of miscarriages that do take place will occur before the twelfth week of pregnancy. This sounds daunting, but your actual risk of miscarriage after a positive test result is observed is a mere 3% and drops as you enter the second trimester.

You can however choose a doctor now, ensure they have appropriate facilities.

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It’s not to scare you but the miscarriage rate drops considerably after the second missed period, or eight week. Though studies vary it’s believed that 22% of pregnancies miscarriage before a positive test can be obtained, and that 80% of miscarriages that do take place will occur before the twelfth week of pregnancy. This sounds daunting, but your actual risk of miscarriage after a positive test result is observed is a mere 3% and drops as you enter the second trimester.

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That was a good article however on my first week I feel different. I fell like I'm a little hyper and don't want to take a bath. - Feed the Children Reviews