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My first month of pregnancy

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Pay extra attention to what you are eating! That does not mean that you can eat for two.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Where is my baby?

Your future baby now resembles a kind of little comma, with a head, and the stumps of his four limbs. Its umbilical cord is being formed and circulation between the foetus and the placenta is established.

In reality, the foetus now takes the form of a kind of oval disk, made up of three layers of cells which will give rise to the various body structures. The endodermis (internal layer) will result in the his organs, i.e. his digestive tract, liver, pancreas and the respiratory system. The middle layer will result in the skeleton, his heart, the blood vessels and the private organs. The external layer or ectoderm will result in his nervous system and sensory organs as well as the skin, hair and nails. A bump will form in the middle: this is his future head! As far as his little heart is concerned, it is starting to beat in the form of a cardiac tube from the end of the third week onwards.

Everything is therefore ready for what we call "organogenesis", i.e. the creation of the various internal organs and the start of blood circulation. This key stage of development will take place during the fourth week.

My good dietary habits

Pay extra attention to what you are eating! That does not mean that you can eat for two. Your needs have changed since the start of your pregnancy. To ensure the good development of your baby, you must increase your iron and folic acid (or vitamin B9) intake.

To avoid any risk of your baby contracting a dangerous disease ask your doctor for advice. It is recommended to avoid certain foods such as fish and raw seafood, as well as dairy products made with unpasteurised milk. You should also think of cooking your meat well and of washing your fruit and vegetables before consumption. Remember your hygiene: be sure to wash your hands before preparing meals and sitting down to table. Don't forget to clean your refrigerator regular and discuss with your doctor whether any other precautions will be necessary.

A question of months: should I be taking food supplements?

If, before your pregnancy, you had a varied and balanced diet, your mineral and vitamin requirements are normally covered. In reality, however, many women have intake deficiencies, especially when it comes to iron and folic acid, two essential nutrients right from the start of the pregnancy. Today doctors almost systematically prescribe a folic acid supplement to pregnant women, or to those voicing their desire to fall pregnant (during a pre-conception check-up, for example). If you are suffering from an iron deficiency, your doctor may also prescribe a supplement. You should not under any circumstances take food supplements without asking your doctor's advice. It has been four weeks since your baby's conception and the embryo's weight will have multiplied 10 000 times! As far as you are concerned, you have only just realised that in 9 months time - or rather 8 months now! - you will give birth to a beautiful baby. But mind ... that is your little secret for the moment!

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