Surprise: You’re not actually pregnant your first week of pregnancy! Your due date is calculated from the first day of your last period.
Your baby has yet to be conceived! Your pregnancy begins as your body gears up for ovulation and prepares for fertilization.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to ease nausea during pregnancy, but it’s also a great way to relax and let nature do its job.
No, there’s no baby or even an embryo in sight (at least not yet) — just an anxious egg and a whole bunch of eager sperm at their respective starting gates.
But in weeks one and two of pregnancy — the week of and immediately following your last menstrual period — your body is working hard to gear up for the event that paves the way for the baby: the big O, or ovulation.
Gearing up to Ovulate
Are you getting excited?
Right now, your uterus has begun preparing for the arrival of a fertilized egg, though you won’t know for sure if that egg has successfully matched up with sperm until next month. Do you know? Unless you are underweight, you do not need to eat extra calories or worry about gaining weight in the first trimester.
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One tenacious little sperm ran the gauntlet, penetrated your ready egg, and presto — you’re pregnant. Your soon-to-be baby has started its miraculous transformation from single cell to fully formed baby boy or girl ready for cuddles and kisses.
Within a matter of hours after conception, the fertilized egg — called a zygote — divides into two, then splits again and again. Seventy-two hours after fertilization your little zygote has become a ball of sixteen cells. This microscopic globe is called a morula, Latin for mulberry. And if you think about it, that ball of cells does look a berry — a cutene tenacious little sperm ran the gauntlet, penetrated your ready egg, and presto — you’re pregnant. Your soon-to-be baby has started its miraculous transformation from single cell to fully formed baby boy or girl ready for cuddles and kisses.
The embryo is growing!
Eat 3 servings of protein daily to help spur new tissue for the baby-to-be.
One serving of meat like skinless chicken or lean beef, for example, should be about 4 ounces — roughly the size of a deck of cards.