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It sounds a little early, but it’s definitely real: the pregnancy journey begins before your baby is conceived. The doctor will calculate your due date by counting 40 weeks from the start of your last menstrual period. At this time, your body is preparing for your baby --- in fact, the body has been changing every month since puberty. Actually, you may have some symptoms such as: extreme tiredness, tender breasts, mood swings, constipation and headaches.
As your body changes, you may need to make changes in your daily routine, such as going to bed earlier or eating frequently, small meals. Fortunately, most of these discomforts will go away as your pregnancy progresses, and some women might not feel any discomfort at all. If you have been pregnant before, you might feel differently this time around.
During this period, Mothers should pay attention to wellness and nutrition. Mothers should take action to prepare for pregnancy; making it easier for your body and for your baby in the months to come.
During preconception, you can:
1. Supplement your balanced diet with daily multivitamins needed for pregnancy. Dried beans, peas, and whole-grain breads; such food has been shown to help prevent early pregnancy birth defects.
2. Establish healthy habits in nutrition and exercise.
3. Pay attention to any medical condition. If you're taking prescription medications, you may want to consult your doctor.
4. Keep away from smoking and alcohol, and you should limit caffeine to one small coffee a day.