Prenatal Development: Week 1
Your baby has not been conceived yet and you are still having your menstrual period. However, this week is still acknowledged as the first week of a forty-week pregnancy even though you're not one week pregnant!
If you are trying to conceive, this is a perfect time to get your body ready for becoming pregnant. Remember to avoid alcohol, smoking and drugs as they can lead to birth defects as well as respiratory problems, low birth rate, fetal alcohol syndrome and other health problems.
Take the time to discuss with your health care provider any prescription drugs that you may be taking. This is a necessary precaution since many prescription and over-the-counter medications can, in fact, affect the fetus. However, consult with your doctor before you decide to stop taking your prescription drugs. Your doctor will help you understand the benefits and the risks involved in discontinuing your medical prescription.
Ensure that your diet has adequate amounts of vitamins, especially folic acid, which can help prevent birth defects. Women who are trying to conceive are advised to take at least 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams of folic acid daily. It has been proven that taking enough folic acid does reduce your risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida (these are birth defects that are caused by incomplete development of the brain or the spinal cord). Even when you are trying to conceive, it is important to take a folic acid supplement. Ask your doctor about this.
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