Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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SECOND TRIMESTER / WEEK 2

2nd Week of Pregnancy

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Baby's Growth and Development at Week Two: Preconception

There's no baby yet, but your body is preparing for ovulation and, ultimately, conception. Wondering how you can be two weeks pregnant before your baby is conceived? There's an easy explanation.

Conception typically occurs when you are two weeks pregnant, or two weeks after your period starts. Even while you're menstruating, your body is getting ready for pregnancy.

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Your Changing Body at Week Two: Preconception

Although conception hasn’t happened yet, your body’s getting ready. Here’s how:

  • When you’re two weeks pregnant, a new lining in your uterus is developing and thickening to nourish your baby.
  • Your body sends out hormones or chemical signals that release the egg from a follicle in your ovary when the egg is mature.
  • When ovulation occurs, your body releases the egg into the fallopian tube. The hormones at work — estrogen and progesterone — cause your body temperature to increase very slightly. You can track this with a basal body thermometer.
  • Occasionally during ovulation, the ovary produces more than one egg, which can result in fraternal (nonidentical) twins, triplets, or more, if multiple eggs are fertilized.

Want to know when you're ovulating?

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Wellness and Nutrition at Week Two: Preconception

Nutrition

Growing a baby from a single cell into a beautiful newborn draws tremendous energy, nutrients, and resources from your body. A healthy diet can help. At two weeks pregnant:

  • Remember, eating the right foods provides enough energy to support you and your growing baby.
  • Eat a balanced choice of foods (including proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals). It helps keep your body healthy.

Try to keep foods in the proper proportions. You can try to mentally divide your plate in half. Vegetables and fruits should make up half of your plate. Proteins and grains compose the other half. And fats? Best to use moderation.

What Is a Prenatal Vitamin?
Prenatal vitamins
offer a great way to ensure you're getting all of the nutrition you and your baby will need. Though similar to adult multivitamins, prenatal vitamins often contain levels of vitamins and minerals, such as folic acid and iron, specifically modified to meet the needs of pregnant women. If you prefer to get your additional vitamins and minerals in a food form, consider a maternal milk supplement to support your regular wholesome diet.

Exercise

  • Regular exercise as well as a healthy diet before and during pregnancy will help you manage a healthy weight gain as well as help you lose pounds after delivery.