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PREGNANCY WEEK 1: The Conception

If this is your first pregnancy, we understand your excitement.

There’s probably 101 questions in your mind right now but don’t worry, we’ll help you go through it one by one, okay?

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What is going on inside of you?

Pregnancy dating is counted since the beginning of your ovulation which starts immediately after or on the last day of your period.

So, the first week of your pregnancy would be the fertilization process that takes place.

The sperm and ovum will become one in the fallopian tube before it travels back to the uterus and burrow itself into the lining of the womb.

What can you observe on yourself?

You may not have any observable changes happening to your body at this moment as it is still in the conception period.

Most won’t even know that they are conceiving until much later into their pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you have to stop looking at your belly in the mirror. *winks

How about your diet?

During this week, Folate or also known as Vitamin B9 is the best nutrient you can give your body.

Folic Acid is another common term used for this vitamin; however, Folic Acid is the synthetic version of the vitamin used by manufacturers.

Folate or Folic acid helps your body to synthesis new red blood cells and genetic materials while aiding cell division.

Taking folic acid supplements or increasing your folate intake before and during pregnancy can reduce the chances of premature birth, heart irregularities, autism, and cleft palate on your child.

If you are opting for a more natural source rather than taking supplements, there are many foods that are folate rich.

One of many foods that are rich in Vitamin B9 is legumes. Legumes includes all kinds of beans, lentils, and peas.

A normal adult woman would need about 400mg of folic acid per day while pregnant mothers would need about 600mg of the vitamin per day.

Here is a recipe that you can try at home.

What if I have allergies?

There are two things that you need to know about allergies during pregnancy.

1. If you are not someone with a history of allergies, pregnancies may change that.

The changes that your body is going through weakens your immune system and make you more susceptible to allergic reactions.

Allergy triggers such as pollen, dust, and even your pets are best avoided.

2. If you have allergies before conception, no matter how terrible it could be, it may not have a big of an impact on your baby.

You may still take allergy medications but do consult your doctor before doing so.

Inquire about the brands, doses, and ingredients of the medications that is allowed.

What should I do?

If you are preparing for conception, it is good to educate yourself on pregnancy, childbirth, raising children, and parenting.

Doing some light reading on the topic, consulting professionals, or attending classes can help you better prepare for upcoming pregnancy.

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