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Week One
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around Week After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Check out this week:
Easy Labor Authors Are Here to Answer Your Questions
Dr. William Camann and Kathryn Alexander, authors of Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth are here to discuss how you can make confident, informed choices regarding pain relief preferences. [Click Here]
Healthy Pregnancy Over 35 Author Interview
Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH, author of Health Pregnancy Over 35, is visiting to discuss the unique concerns of women over the age of 35. [Click Here]

Fetal Development:

Female Reproductive SystemBecause we are counting with the gestational age method, week one begins with the first day of your menstrual period. Conception hasn't yet occurred, but you already get to start counting. Such a deal - see how time flies when you're having fun!

Maternal Changes:

Your period has just started and you may be thinking about conception. For women with a 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs around 14 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. Now is a good time to begin healthy habits (if you haven't yet!). Start your pregnancy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables; exercise; start taking additional folic acid if you haven't already; and stop smoking, drinking alcohol, and using over-the-counter medications. Stay away from toxic materials and rest well. Start "thinking pregnant" before you conceive so you can give your baby the best start possible.

Read these important articles on conception:

  • Increasing Odds For A Healthy Pregnancy
  • A Woman's Reproductive System
  • A Man's Reproductive System
  • Are You Ready to Have a Baby? The Emotional, Physical and Financial Things to Consider
  • Fertility Signs Primer
  • Fertility Awareness
  • The ABCs of Basal Body Temperature Charting

For help in determining the best days to determine ovulation based on the length of your cycle, visit our Pregnancy Planner/Ovulation Calculator. It will give you details regarding fertile days and ovulation for three months based on the first day of your last menstrual period and length of your cycle.

Ideas for Dad:
Rest this week Dad. At the end of next week, you have an important job to do!

Inspirational Thoughts:

Once you bring life into this world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world. ~Elie Weisel


Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle, MS, RD and Lisa Mazzullo, MD, published by Ballantine Books, 2002.

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