You’re technically not even pregnant yet during week 1 of the time allotted to your pregnancy. But here’s why the pregnancy weeks begin ticking—plus smart steps you can take even when you’re “one week pregnant” to give your baby a strong start.
Mom's Tip of the Week
Did you know...?
Fitness can help your body handle the physical demands of pregnancy more easily. And researchers have found that as little as 20 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week during pregnancy may help foster a newborn's brain development. Check with your doctor to get the OK to exercise, then plan it into your weekly schedule.
Being One Week Pregnant
What's Happening in There
- You're not technically pregnant yet. In fact, it’s two weeks before your baby will be conceived. Because it’s really difficult to pinpoint the exact date of conception, most doctors start counting pregnancy weeks from the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period, commonly referred to as LMP. This tracking is known as your baby’s gestational age.
- Your body is preparing for baby. And there’s a lot you can do to help, beginning with focusing on proper nutrition and adopting an exercise plan, with the help and approval of your health-care team.
Baby Brain Waves
Your Baby’s Brain Development
The first 28 days of your pregnancy are critically important to your baby's brain. That’s when the most common brain and spinal birth defects can occur, including an incomplete closure of the spine and the underdevelopment of the brain. You can help reduce your baby’s risk of these birth defects by beginning to take a daily prenatal vitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid before you become pregnant.
Real Issues, Real Solutions
The issue: Your health and your baby's health and development depend on a healthful diet.
The solution: Two important nutrients are also building blocks for brain and nervous system development—they’re called DHA and folate.
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