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1 and 2 Weeks Pregnant

You might be surprised to know that the traditional Gestational Method used by doctors to measure pregnancy counts from the first day of your last menstrual cycle, so in the first two weeks of your pregnancy you aren’t physically pregnant!

However, if you’re trying for a baby then it’s best to start thinking about your lifestyle and any adjustments that might be needed to make conception and birth as easy as possible. It’s also a good idea for you and your partner to prepare yourselves mentally for the baby.

Taking the time to have a good chat about how a baby may affect your emotions and relationship, not to mention your finances, is very helpful preparation for the busy period ahead.

Also, why not spend a bit of extra time with friends or family who already have children? They can help you get more of a sense of what to expect. Then when you do find out you’re pregnant, you’ll have more time to focus on being excited!

Who might need to be especially conscious of pre-conception care?
It is advisable for every woman to be mindful of pre-conception care, such as giving up smoking and taking the right supplements. Ideally, you should prepare for conception for about three months.

If you are a mum over 35, and certainly over 40, you will want to be especially mindful of getting medical support and advice. It is worth thinking about an Early Pregnancy Viability Scan because of the risk of early miscarriage. Similarly, if you have experienced miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy in the past, you may need extra scans or consultations.

Discussing these issues early is always a good idea and cuts down the stress of any unnecessary surprises. You might need tests or treatment for anaemia or advice on what to do if you are not immune to rubella (German measles). Women with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, thyroid problems and epilepsy may also need to see a specialist in addition to their GP.

But try not to stress yourself out about it all. Much of the time these measures are precautionary, and the calmer you can be, the better for you and baby.