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The first week of development starts the day of your last menstrual period. You are not yet officially pregnant, and while conception has not yet happened, the body starts to tick off the weeks from this point forward. Most women, or at least those who are trying to conceive, will be thinking about ovulation and trying to have a baby.
Women can judge ovulation in a variety of ways. The most effective is a visual look at vaginal mucus. Placing a finger in the vagina, women can see the texture of mucus being excreted. Cervical mucus will appear white or yellow during ovulation and stretch between the fingers easily.
During the first week, women spend between 5 and 7 days having a normal menstrual cycle. For a typical 28 day menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs 14 days after the start of her period. This means the perfect time to conceive is about one week after menstrual bleeding has stopped. Women can keep track of their menstrual cycles for several months to determine whether the cycle is 28 days, more or less. Once the cycle time has been calculated, simply divide that time in half. For instance, if she has a 30 day cycle, ovulation will occur about the 15th day after the start of her period.
Dad plays a huge role in the first week of pregnancy. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will soon offer the deciding half of a baby. Dad may be thinking about fatherhood and what it means to have a baby during this time if the pregnancy is planned.
Starting a pregnancy diet this early in the game is a great choice. Pregnancy diets are high in whole grains and fiber while maintaining a healthy fat and carbohydrate level.
Women thinking about becoming pregnant may also want to start taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid at this time. Folic acid prevents neural tube defects in the first weeks after conception. Most often, women have no idea they are pregnant until about the 6th week of pregnancy. Taking prenatal vitamins well before conception provides great benefits for baby.
Toxic materials in the environment and body are detrimental to fertility and gestation. The first week of pregnancy is the ideal time to stop smoking, stop drinking and remove any chemical toxins from your daily environment. Chemical toxins can include paint and aerosol sprays. Doctors often tell women thinking about conception to “think pregnant” and “act pregnant” before they are pregnant.