This may seem a little odd, but your pregnancy journey actually begins two weeks before your baby is even conceived. The main reason for this? It’s very difficult to determine exactly when your egg becomes fertilized, so the date of your last period provides the most accurate starting point. This stage is called the Gestational Age.
There’s no baby yet, but during ovulation your body is prepping itself to welcome an embryo into the womb, and all the sperm are swimming their hearts out to reach the finish line so they can be the one who fertilizes the egg. Your uterus is in overdrive preparing for the potential arrival of a fertilized egg.
You may have already started tracking your ovulation calendar so that intercourse can take place at the best time during the ovulation period. This is usually two weeks after your period begins. This means that your baby’s Fetal Age, which starts when the egg is fertilized, will be two weeks less than the Gestational Age.
- Keep track of your menstrual cycle and monitor your ovulation dates so that you and your partner can have fun beneath the sheets at the best baby making time. Check out the Ovulation calendar here and pinpoint your dates.
- Ovulation tests can also help determine when you’re ovulating, so stock up on a few so you have them on hand when needed.
- Now would also be a good time to quit smoking and avoid excessive drinking. Do a stock take of what’s in your pantry and start investing in healthy fruit and vegetables that’ll provide you and your growing baby with all the right nutrition.