How might my actions affect my baby during week 4 of pregnancy?


At four weeks the pregnancy is in a critical period of cellular replication and differentiation. The embryo and placenta are developing and establishing the pregnancy within the uterine sac. Therefore actions of the woman can have a significant impact on the establishment of the pregnancy and early phases of embryo development. Avoiding the ingestion of potentially hazardous substances such as alcohol, raw foods, drugs - including prescription and over the counter drugs and exposure to potential teratogens such as x-rays, radiation, high body temperature or toxic fumes are all important actions if a woman suspects she might be pregnant.

Because your baby is now in the embryonic period, its organs are starting to develop. Your actions during week 4 can have a significant effect on your baby. You should focus on an overall healthy lifestyle. Avoid substances like alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and caffeine. Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, may affect your baby, so talk to your doctor about whether you should stop taking any medications. Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Also, make sure you are consuming the proper vitamins - especially calcium, iron, and folic acid. You should get plenty of exercise. If you have questions about how a particular activity may affect your baby during week 4, talk to your doctor.

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