You are actually not pregnant yet. Pregnancy weeks are counted from the beginning of the last menstrual period, not from conception. Your last menstrual period before conception will start. The lining of the uterus (endometrium) is thickening, to be able to receive a fertilized egg later on.
- Adopting a healthier lifestyle than before is on thing You can do right now. Quit harmful habits like drinking alcohol and smoking, if you had any.
- Start taking daily supplement of folic acid. In fact it is wise to start taking it as early as three months before you scheduled pregnancy. During pregnancy folic acid deficiency may occur, that may cause fetal neural tube malformations (spina bifida) during first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Recommended amount of folic acid during pregnancy is 500-600 mcg. Just in case, consult with your family doctor beforehand.
- Check whether you have a valid health insurance.
Folic acid also pteroyl-L-glutamic acid is a water-soluble vitamin that belongs to the vitamin B group. Also called Antianaemic factor. Man can acquire folic acid mainly from vegetable sources, less from meat. The absorption of folic acid is inhibited by excess alcohol and smoking.