One Week Pregnant

Lesson of the Week: Good Habits to Start Now

For women with a 28-day cycle, ovulation occurs around 14 days after the start of the menstrual cycle, which means you should begin healthy habits before you become pregnant. Some healthy pregnancy habits include:
 
  • Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Exercising
  • Taking a vitamin that contains folic acid
  • Making sure you have received vaccinations for diseases such as chickenpox and rubella
  • Not smoking
  • Cutting back on caffeine
  • Not drinking alcohol
  • Stopping the use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, unless they have been approved by your doctor
  • Staying away from toxic materials.
     
Substances such as tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter medications, and toxic materials can cause:
 
Some examples of medicines that your doctor may tell you to avoid include:
 
 
  • Aspirin and pain relievers containing salicylate
 
 
 
  • Antihistamines
 
 
  • Anticoagulants, which are used to treat clotting disorders
 
 
 
  • Certain blood pressure medications, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs).
     
Do not stop taking prescription drugs without consulting your healthcare provider -- he or she will help you weigh the potential benefits and risks of discontinuing your medication.
 
(Click Preconception for additional tips on how to ensure a healthy pregnancy.)
 
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