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Week 2

When the menstrual period is finished, the egg cells mature in the ovaries. Soon there will be an ovulation, the sperm will be able to enter the egg, and a conception will take place. If your cycles are shorter than 28 days, a conception may occur even this week.

A blastocyst, forming from the fertilized egg, will soon be differentiated into two parts. The first will form a placenta, an umbilical cord, an amniotic sac, a yolk sac and a chorion. The second will turn into an embryo. This part will be divided into three layers, each of which will develop into various organs. One layer will give rise to the internal organs such as a pancreas, a liver, a digestive tract lining, a bladder, a thyroid gland. The other layer will in due time become muscles, connective tissue, cartilage, blood vessels and kidneys. The outer layer will develop into a brain, nervous system, and hair and skin.

The beginning of a pregnancy is counted from the first day of the last menstrual period. For now, nothing happens. However, prepare yourself for a change. Your body will adapt itself to the new conditions. Apart from obvious and easily noticed changes such as a growing belly, enlarged breasts or weight gain, there will be also changes perceived only by you, e.g. greasy hair or swollen feet. 

Remember that all these are connected with the miracle that will be the birth of your child. Respect your body, love it, and remember that the nature has planned everything so that your little daughter or little son could be born in a safe and healthy way. Many women have fond memories of their pregnancy, if it is uncomplicated, this time can be one of the most beautiful experiences in your life. There are lucky women unfamiliar to morning sickness or swollen feet. Perhaps you are one of them, but even if not, try to accept the discomforts with a smile.

During pregnancy you may become ill, catch a cold, you may have a headache or food poisoning. Some women avoid taking any medications during pregnancy for fear of harming their baby. However, many drugs can be safely used during pregnancy without affecting the developing fetus. It is only important not to take any medications without consulting your doctor. At the beginning of a pregnancy, when it is still not evident, always tell your doctor that you are or may be pregnant.

During pregnancy you should not take any medicines containing aspirin, codeine or ibuprofen. Pay attention to this, as they are common components of analgesic and antipyretic drugs, used in preparations for colds, runny nose or cough. Paracetamol, administered at low doses, is a safe painkilling and antipyretic drug. Some antibiotics are also safe, but remember they must be prescribed by a doctor. Take only the vitamins intended for pregnant women. If you experience stomach upset, it is best to have plenty of rest and prevent dehydration by drinking a lot of fluids. If the symptoms do not improve after two days, you should consult your doctor.

Remember about:
  • a healthy, balanced diet - do not eat for two, but follow a healthy diet.

  • not taking aspirin, codeine and ibuprofen - paracetamol is safe.

Your diet during pregnancy is one of the best presents you can give to your child. Researchers proved that a proper pregnancy diet is important for the child development. What you eat affects the development of his organs, his personality, and birth weight.

However, it is a myth that a pregnant woman should be eating for two. And what if triplets are to be born? Indeed, an expecting mother should consume more calories, as her body makes a great effort. But tell this to a woman tormented with nausea, who cannot keep anything down. Therefore, it is better to focus on the quality of meals, a balanced diet, and avoiding dangerous foods.

There is no need to convince anyone that a healthy diet increases the chances of having a healthy and cute baby. Some scientists claim that the mother's diet during pregnancy may affect also the later stages of the baby's life and will determine its length and quality.

Week 2
3 JANUARY 2017
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