Pregnancy Week 1

Did you know that a pregnancy is typically 280 days long, starting from the day after the first day of your menstrual period? The first day of your last menstrual period starts ‘lunar month one’ of your pregnancy. It also starts the first of the fourty weeks of pregnancy! Confused about lunar months, calendar months and weeks? Your not alone! Click here to learn more.

Prenatal Care

Your very first — and perhaps most important — job in your new role as mom-to-be is to take excellent care of yourself. Your little one is counting on you!

Stay away from alcohol, cigarettes (even second-hand), drugs, and medications (including herbal ones).

If you aren’t already, start taking prenatal vitamins regularly. They’re chock full of just the nutrition pregnant women need, including folic acid, a vitamin that helps prevent birth defects. Folic acid is also found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and juices, enriched breads and cereals, and more. Eat well to ensure 39 more weeks of growing anticipation and great health!

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to visit with your doctor or midwife so you can plan and begin your healthy journey through pregnancy.

How You Might Be Feeling

You haven’t yet ovulated this month, but you may be pregnant (well, technically speaking anyways)! The typical pregnancy lasts for 280 days, or 40 weeks (also known as 10 lunar months). Your doctor starts counting that time from the day after the first day of your last known menstrual period. That means you can be considered officially pregnant right now, even though you haven’t yet conceived! Confused? You’re not alone!

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