What's happening this week?
The sperm and egg meet:
The strongest sperm travels up the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg. You've conceived!
Your baby is a single cell:
After it is fertilized, the egg is called a zygote. This zygote contains chromosomes, which can determine your baby's physical characteristics and, to some extent, their personality.
Pregnancy symptoms and solutions: Fatigue
Fatigue is a common pregnancy symptom due to hormonal changes in your body.
Drink plenty of water, eat well, exercise and try not to overexert yourself.
How you can help:
Make sure you get 35 milligrams of iron a day:
Without iron, you will feel weak and tired, especially when you're carrying a growing baby.
Eat 1 g/kg body weight + 23g of protein at this pregnancy stage:
Protein makes up 75 percent of your body tissue and will help to support your body through this period.
Mom's Tip of the Week: Include DHA and choline in your diet
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is a building block for your baby's brain and choline supports the healthy development of those brain cells. Take a prenatal supplement containing DHA, and stock your kitchen with eggs and spinach which contain choline.
- Data on file
- Krishnaswamy K, Sesikeran B. Dietary Guidelines for Indians –A Manual. National Institute of Nutrition;2011.