Friday, November 30, 2012

First Trimester: Week 1-13

1 week pregnant: 
  • If you want to conceive, stop using contraception. If you have been using a hormone based contraceptive such as the contraceptive pill, it may take some time for your body to readjust to its normal cycles.
  • Start taking pre-natal vitamins which a include folic acid supplement. The recommended dose in early pregnancy is 500 mcg/day and if possible, start taking this a couple of months before you fall pregnant. Low folic acid intake has been linked with a higher incidence of neural tube defects in babies.
  •  Try to stay healthy and active. Aim to do some exercise each day and eat sensibly.
  •  Have a medical check-up to make sure you are in the best possible shape to conceive. Being overweight, smoking, taking drugs or generally having an unhealthy lifestyle can all interfere with, or delay conception.
  • Make sure your immunisations are up to date. Check with your doctor what you need to have to ensure you are covered and your baby will be protected.
  • Try not to take medication unless it has been prescribed for you. Some medications are harmful to the baby, especially in the early weeks of their development.
Your baby's changes this week:

Pregnancy Week by Week – 1 Week Pregnant