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About Menstruation

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Week 1

During the first week of the menstrual cycle, the superficial layer of the uterine lining is shed thru menstruation while the basal layer of the uterine lining builds up in order to prepare your body for pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, the lining of the uterus eventually breaks down leading to the next menstrual period. When you get pregnant, the first day of your most recent menstrual cycle is usually the day which determines the duration of your pregnancy.

About your body
From the first day of the menstrual cycle, the body starts gearing up for a possible pregnancy in order to carry the baby for 9 months. The immature follicles start to develop during this stage. Once they mature, one egg will be released. The mature egg released from the ovary, usually at day 14, will now travel thru the fallopian tube where it will meet sperm cells for fertilization and eventually proceed with pregnancy. The blood flow is heaviest during the first few days of the menstrual cycle. With the ongoing days during the first week of the menstrual cycle, you might notice the different volumes of blood under the influence of hormonal and environmental changes.

Chances of getting pregnant
The chances of getting pregnant during the first week of the menstrual cycle are very low. Only around 20% of couples manage to conceive during the first week of the menstrual cycle while most of the couples take around 6 months or so in order to conceive the baby. So, avoid stressing and plan your baby once you are mentally prepared.

In order to increase your chances of getting pregnant from the first day of your menstrual cycle perform the following essentials:
• Start consuming folic acid as soon as you plan on conceiving because the consumption of folic acid is essential for the proper development of the baby during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
• Foods rich in folate are also essential for the mom-to-be which includes spinach, green beans, broccoli, peas, legumes, beans, fortified cereals, chickpeas, fortified grains, wheat germ, and others.
• Self-evaluation is important, particularly mental and financial state if you plan on conceiving.
• Lifelong decisions, such as conception, is dependent on you and your partner. Family and social support is important in having a healthy pregnancy journey.

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