First of all, when trying to get pregnant, both parents should be eating a well-balanced diet, and taking regular exercise. Doctors also recommend that you both give up smoking and taking illegal drugs including cannabis, and cut back on alcohol and caffeine. Ladies, discuss any medication you are taking with your doctor, including contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which will need to be removed.
Use the NHS due date calculator.
Your last period has just started and you may be considering a pregnancy. It’s a good idea to assume you are pregnant until you know otherwise. Take a prenatal vitamin (available at most drug or grocery stores), with 0.4mg of folic acid – this helps prevent neural tube defects. You should take folid acid at least during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Avoiding other chemicals such as alcohol, tobacco (and other people’s smoke), x-rays, over the counter medications. Would-be mums and dads should both make sure they are getting plenty of essential fats (omega 3 and 6), which are contained in oily fish, nuts and seeds.
Doctors calculate your due date from the first day of your last period. So in week 1 you’ll still be having your period. Remember that your due date is worked out from your last ‘natural’ period (withdrawal bleeds after you’ve stopped taking the contraceptive pill don’t count). Ideally you should try to have one natural period before you start trying for a baby, but it’s no big deal if you don’t – you just may have a slightly miscalculated due date.
It is important that you discuss your pregnancy with your family doctor and/or midwife regularly.
Dads-to-be would do well to start eating healthily, if they weren’t before, and giving up smoking and most alcohol is a good idea too. The health of the dad goes a long way to ensuring a healthy baby, not only in terms of the foetus but also through lifestyle after the birth. Having smoky clothes around a baby, for example, can be harmful even if you aren’t actually smoking near the baby.
Pregnancy week 1 videos