Its week 1 of your pregnancy and you are not even pregnant yet, but theres still lots going on. Find out about your first trimester of pregnancy.
Why should I take folic acid in the first trimester of my pregnancy? Find out all you need to know about week 2 of your pregnancy here.
Am I actually pregnant yet? Find out how your baby is developing in week 3 and get your first trimester pregnancy questions answered.
Is it too early to experience morning sickness? Dr Carol Cooper explains the changes occurring in your first trimester and in week 4 of your pregnancy.
What are the first signs I’m pregnant? Click here to find out and learn about week 5 of your pregnancy and your first trimester.
Is it okay to have a glass of wine now that I’m pregnant? Dr Carol Cooper answers your first trimester pregnancy questions here and explains whats going on at week 6.
By week 7 your baby already has a beating heart. Find out more amazing facts about your developing baby during your first trimester here.
Your baby may only be 10mm long in week 8 of your pregnancy but he is sending your body into overdrive with all of the pregnancy hormones racing around your body. Find out more about the first trimester of your pregnancy, as well as important advice on ca
Suffering with sore and sensitive breasts during your first trimester of pregnancy? Get advice from Dr Carol Cooper on what you can do at week 9 here.
What types of cheese should I avoid now that I’m pregnant? Dr Carol Cooper answers your first trimester pregnancy questions here and explains what your baby is doing at week 10.
Are antenatal tests harmful to my baby? Click here to learn about week 11 of your pregnancy and what tests to expect during your first trimester.
What are the symptoms of miscarriage? Dr Carol Cooper offers information and advice on first trimester pregnancy here, and what to expect at week 12.
In week 2 of your pregnancy one of your ovaries will release an egg (also called an ovum) which is carried into your fallopian tube1. Your egg will usually be released in the middle of your monthly menstrual cycle. A 28-day cycle will mean that you will ovulate 14 days after the first day of your last period2. However longer and shorter cycles are normal.
During this week your egg will continue its path along your fallopian tube where it will become fertilised by your partner’s sperm.
Even before conception, you can give your baby the best start by taking folic acid. Folic acid is a B-vitamin that helps to protect your baby from neural tube disorders and cleft palate1. Your body will use a lot of folic acid in the first trimester of your pregnancy, so taking it before you conceive allows your body to build up stores ready for when it is most needed.
It is recommended that you take 400mg of folic acid every day until you are 13 weeks pregnant1. Other prenatal vitamin supplements can be continued throughout pregnancy, as well as after you’ve given birth. Many women choose to take a specially formulated pregnancy vitamin which provides them with all of the correct doses of vitamins they need for their entire pregnancy.
It is also recommended that you include omega-3 in your pregnancy diet. Omega-3 is a vitamin found mainly in oily fish like salmon. Eating oily fish once or twice a week or taking pregnancy vitamins formulated with omega-3 will help your baby’s brain development.
Dr Carol Cooper, General Practitioner
Author of Pregnancy Essentials
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]
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