Week 1

You did it! The miracle of life. Maybe. You won’t be able to test for a few weeks, but if you’re trying to conceive, you can already take some important steps towards nurturing this creature into a healthy baby and maintaining your own health and sanity in the process. Here’s what you should look into during this early period.

Prenatal Vitamins

Start taking them! It’s easy to do, and even if you’re not pregnant, your hair and nails might look healthier than ever.

Track Last Period

This will give you an idea of when you can start testing for pregnancy.

Quit Your Vices!

This one will be repeated, because it’s an important one. Stop smoking, drinking, and putting any other foreign chemicals into your body. You may be able to hang (technically), but your baby sure can’t.

Research Familial Disorders

Look into your and your partner’s (or donor’s) family history for genetic disorders so you can test and/or prepare for them. Knowing genetic risk factors can help narrow down the source of potential complications and inform lifestyle choice later in life.

Find Out When You’re Ovulating

If you’re trying to conceive, the best times are the few days before ovulation.