Congratulations! You’re 1 week pregnant!
One of the best kept secrets about this first week of pregnancy is that you are not really pregnant just yet. Isn’t that the craziest thing you’ve ever heard?
Here’s how it works:
Every woman becomes pretty aware of when she is having her period, but the act of ovulating, being internal and all, is a little less clear. So, when you and your doctor or midwife are trying to figure out your due date, the first question she’s going to ask you is “When was the first day of your last period?”
That week when you have your period is actually your “first” week of being pregnant (even though your not exactly pregnant yet).
So, the good news is that being 1 week pregnant is a piece of cake! Even though your not pregnant yet, there are a few things that you should keep in mind as you are preparing to get pregnant to make sure that you can give your baby the best start possible:
Your mom’s probably been telling you to eat your vegetables and lay off the sweets for as long as you can remember, but such sage advice takes on a whole new meaning now that you are preparing for pregnancy. Every bite you eat is helping your baby develop and helping you to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
Does that mean that you have to be completely obsessed about absolutely everything that you put in your mouth – probably not. Just make sure that you are eating well balanced meals and consider taking a multi-vitamin if you don’t already, especially one that give you extra calcium, iron, and folic acid..
Don’t Drink or Smoke
It might be one of the most obvious things that you could do to help your developing baby, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. For most people, giving up a glass of wine with dinner may not be so bad, but if you have been smoking for quite some time, the idea of quitting for the next forty weeks might seem impossible.
If you are not yet pregnant, consider making efforts to quit smoking before you conceive. It may be difficult and it may put off your plans for pregnancy, but it’s one of the best things that you can do for your baby, and for yourself!
You don’t have to give up your morning coffee entirely, but several studies show that it’s best to limit your caffeine intake to less than 200mg per day (about two cups of coffee).
There are two main ways that you can limit your caffeine – drink fewer caffeinated beverages or substitute a non-caffeinated version of your favorite fix.