At this stage you are not actually pregnant yet. During the first two weeks you will begin your monthly cycle, ovulate and conception will take place.
Our pregnancy calendar is based on a 40 week timetable, so your pregnancy will actually only start during week 3.
How is your due date calculated?
We calculate your due date by simply adding 280 days to the day when you started your monthly cycle. Yes, your pregnancy start date is actually calculated from when you start your period.
The human gestation period is actually 266 days, so by adding 14 days or the Luteal Phase, which is the average ovulation period to the first day of your cycle, we come to the 280 day figure. Of course if you have been monitoring your cycle and know when you ovulated, it does make it easier to calculate your conception and due dates easier.
Your health and your pregnancy
Your health will play the ultimate role in your pregnancy. It is possibly one of the most important factors which you must consider over the course of your pregnancy. What you eat will help build, or possible destroy, the development and growth of your baby. It will certainly have a direct effect on how healthy your baby will be. Eating a nutritiously balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of rest will see you whizz through your pregnancy, delivering a healthy, happy baby.
If you are still smoking and trying to fall pregnant, then now is a good time to stop! You and your baby will both benefit greatly from it. It’s probably also a great idea to cut down of your caffeine and alcohol intake now as well.
There are many things which need to fall in place in order for conceptiont, fertilization etc to take place over the coming weeks. Getting the timing right, being healthy and so on. Getting the timing right is possibly the most important aspect. The female egg has such a short window in which fertilization can take place…
Watch our conception videos – a collection of videos by health care professionals taking you through a range of topics from boosting your fertility, preconception health and more.
Be sure to also read over our conception articles to help guide you through some of the basics of conception to make sure you are as ready as you will ever be.