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  • Your Pregnancy – Week 1

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  • Your Pregnancy – Week 9

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  • Your Pregnancy – Week 10

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  • Your Pregnancy – Week 11

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  • Your Pregnancy – Week 12

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What happens in week one of my pregnancy?

You may not conceive for another week but in week 1 your body is already preparing for the release of your next egg. From the moment you finish your period, the lining of your womb will start to thicken in preparation for a fertilised egg and a pregnancy1.

How is my due date calculated?

The date your baby is due is calculated by counting forty weeks from the first day of your last period2. This is generally considered to be the most accurate method of pregnancy dating because most women, especially those trying to conceive, will know the date they got their last period. Using the date that you actually conceived is much harder to calculate. Even if you know the date of ovulation, there is still no way of knowing what day your partner’s sperm fertilised your egg. Even the date you had sex is not particularly accurate as sperm can survive inside your body for several days.

Your due date may change by a few days or even a week when you have your first ultrasound scan at around 12 weeks. During the first trimester all babies grow roughly the same amount at the same time, so your baby’s size will be measured and a new due date may be given2.

Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner

Author of Pregnancy Essentials

References:

1. Cooper, C., 2008. Pregnancy Essentials. London: Ryland Peters and Small.

2. NHS, 2011. NHS Choices – The pregnancy care planner. [online] Available at: [Accessed 22 March 2012]

 

10550 November 2012

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