Pregnancy Week One: When You're Not Even Pregnant
Pregnancy - Week One: When You're Not Even Pregnant Yet!
Your doctor or midwife counts 40 weeks from when you first had your last menstrual cycle, you really aren’t pregnant during week one of “pregnancy”. During this time you have just seen the last of Aunt Flo (don’t worry, she’ll be back again in nine months) and all the other discomforts that come along for the ride. You will soon be seeing another assortment of discomforts on the pregnancy ride… but you’ll be seeing joyous, exciting things as well.
Inside your body:
You are just finishing up your period and your body is preparing for the likelihood that you are going to get pregnant. You may think that once you get pregnant you can say goodbye to period cramps, breast tenderness, and tiredness, but that’s far from the truth. Prepare yourself for more of the same. Hopefully, the thought that a certain bundle of joy is causing the discomfort for the next few weeks will help you grin and bear it. Soon your body will be ready to ovulate, and then conception is right around the corner. Note that your most fertile period (if you have a regular 28 day cycle) will be around day 14, counting from the first day of your period. Another thing to keep in mind is that sperm can live up to five days inside a woman’s vagina, so remember that when you and your mate plan to conceive and get a little frisky.
Things to think about:
If you are planning to get pregnant, now is the time to think about lifestyle changes that are important for having a baby. At this point, it is crucial to stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs because any of these can lead to health problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome and respiratory problems for the baby. This is also a good time to begin taking prenatal pills. Prenatal pills with folic acid can drastically reduce a baby’s chance of getting birth defects like spina bifida. Also, you should consult your ob/gyn about getting pregnant so that you can discuss any concerns or ask any questions about the coming months. You should also talk about any prescriptions you may be taking and see how they can affect the baby.
Don’t throw out any of your unused sanitary pads because after you give birth you’ll need them again for the bleeding and discharge you will be having. I know you don’t want to see them again but just tuck them away, out of sight, and you’ll be happy to take them out when you need them!