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The Baby
Your period begins.  Officially, this is the first week of your pregnancy, but there's no talk of a baby yet. In only a few weeks, you'll find out whether or not you're pregnant. For now, you have your period as usual and don't know that it's going to be your last one for quite a while. Your uterus must rid itself of the endometrial lining along with some blood, so that it can wait for a possibly fertilized egg with a fresh interior.

If you and your partner plan to get pregnant, it's useful to know that you have the greatest chance of conceiving when you make love around the time of ovulation. But how do you know a ripe egg cell is on its way? Although some women experience pelvic pain (ovulation pain or 'mittelschmerz') when a ripe egg cell is released, it is not a reliable indicator of ovulation. A better approach is the temperature method, also known as Natural Family Planning. Measure your body temperature with a very accurate digital thermometer every day at the same time, before you get out of bed, and a small rise in temperature (roughly between 0.4 and 0.8 °F or 0.3 to 0.5 °C) will let you know that you've ovulated. If you're really interested, you can increase your prediction accuracy by checking your cervical mucous, too. Not everyone wants to get that hands-on!  There are hormone tests available at the drugstore that can also help you predict your time of ovulation even  more accurately.

Needless to say, if you're planning to have a baby, it's best to quit smoking, using medication, drugs and alcohol right away. Check with your medical provider if you are on prescription drugs to find out how to manage your medication during conception and pregnancy. Certain over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies and prescription drugs (such as Accutane) are contraindicated during pregnancy. There's no way of telling exactly when the impregnation will take place and once you notice that you've missed your period, you've already been pregnant for a few weeks. Although a placenta hasn't been made at that point, it's helpful to start getting used to life without these damaging substances.

If you have trouble getting pregnant, try making love at a different time or take a break together.
 
A visit to an acupuncturist or a homeopath might also help if you want to get pregnant.
 
Did you know that it takes eight months on average to get pregnant? And that if a man stops smoking and drinking the quality of his sperm improves?
Mother
Although you have no idea yet that lots of things are about to happen within your body, this will be called the first week of your pregnancy later on. It's impossible to check the exact moment of impregnation, but you can chart the first day of your last menstrual cycle, often known as LMP or last menstrual period. That's why your pregnancy officially starts that day, although it will usually take about two more weeks before a fertilized egg implants and you actually get pregnant. The growth of the baby takes a total of 38 weeks; add these two extra weeks and the average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Calculating it like this has an added benefit: when your pregnancy test turns out to be positive, you're 4 weeks pregnant already! That adds up nicely.

If you've been trying to get pregnant for a while you'll no doubt know that it's important to take folic acid. It has been found that women who - up until 9 weeks after the impregnation -take extra folic acid reduce their risk of having a baby with spina bifida or brain damage.

However, for now you're still using tampons and pads. You haven't ovulated yet, let alone become pregnant.

Father
It may be true that many men don't think twice about the fact that every act of lovemaking might produce a child, but if you've both decided that you want to have a child making love becomes somewhat different. Some men experience the weeks or months up to the impregnation as a kind of liberation: no more birth control, your sperm is free to swim right through in the hope and expectation that it will stumble upon a ripe egg cell. You have sex a bit more often, the lovemaking becomes more intense and it feels like you both enjoy it more. The sex has been given an extra meaning: you are creating a baby! For some fathers-to-be, this is where the desire for a baby, a little part of himself, starts taking shape - a little being that you hope will become a reality, out of your love for one another.  Sometimes, though, if conception takes a little longer than the couple had hoped, it adds pressure to lovemaking, which can affect everyone's performance. Keep the channels of communication open!

Brother / Sister
You've heard Mom and Dad talk about it over dinner... a new baby. Will you get a little baby brother or sister? Your parents think two children - the two of you, that is - are not enough.  Why not? What does a new baby have that you don't have? Maybe you could act like a baby and then they wouldn't want a new baby since they already have you. H'm, could be worth a try. On one hand you think it would be pretty cool to have another brother or sister, but on the other hand it would be fine to remain the only two kids. Now there's still enough space in the car, you both have your own room, your parents listen to most of what you're saying and mom and dad have enough time to take you to the swimming pool or walk you to school.

You have your doubts, because what can you do if that new baby doesn't turn out to be what you've been hoping for? You can't even play with him, he's crying all day long, Mom is continuously busy with him and might have no time left to spend with her bigger kids. No, now that you come to think of it, a new baby doesn't sound like such a good plan. But then again, if he gets older it might be fun. Then you'll have a new playmate. And that's a good thing. It's all pretty difficult to think about what might be. For now, you decide it's best not to think about it too much. There's still a long way to go...

If you already have children, consider that they might not be too happy with the prospect of getting a little brother or sister. The older children in the family have experienced this before and for some of them that might have been quite a hectic period. They lose part of your attention for a while and can sometimes become jealous of the new baby. Sometimes older children act out, regress, or become hostile.Be open to listening to how your children react and reflect their feelings.Try to make it their baby, too. That won't always be the case, luckily... but it is important not to neglect your kids' feelings.
 
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