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Pregnancy is when an egg reaches the fallopian tube and stays there to get fertilised with the sperm. The fertilised zygote or egg then moves towards the uterus. It starts forming several cells called a blastocyst. After which, it attaches to the uterine wall where it receives the essential oxygen and nutrients. Some cells from the blastocyst then form the placenta. As soon as the blastocyst implants Human Chronic Gonadotropin (hCG) is released which enhances the production of estrogen and progesterone.

The size, weight and height of your baby:

During the third week of pregnancy, it might be too early to assess the size, weight or height of the baby as the baby has not formed yet.

About your baby:

During this period, it’s very early to evaluate conception as the egg gets released by the ovary 2 weeks prior to the next menstrual cycle. However, it is not necessary to assess the conception as the timings are unknown. Doctors usually evaluate a conception from the first day after your last menstrual cycle.

During the third week, the baby is in its early stage where it is called an embryo. It is a form of several cells that collect together and rapidly continue to divide over weeks and months. The outer cells of the blastocyst form the placenta which offers oxygen and nutrients to the baby. The inner cells, on the other hand, develop into a fetus. The size of the embryo at this stage is very small resembling the pinhead.

About your body:

It’s very early to expect something unusual at this stage. You might have a slight inkling that you are pregnant as your period is late. To confirm your pregnancy, conduct a urine test by following the instructions provided in the pregnancy test kit. Your belly at this stage remains the same as the baby is very tiny.

The most reliable sign to be pregnant is that you have missed your period. Other than that, it’s too early to identify the symptoms at this stage. The most common symptoms that you might experience during early pregnancy include vomiting, nausea, tiredness, breast tenderness, along frequent urination.

Do & Don’ts:

  • Consume folic acid supplements
  • Enjoy a balanced diet with healthy lifestyle
  • Avoid smoking
  • Drink enough amount of water to maintain hydration
  • Have a restful sleep to stay calm and relaxed
  • Get your pregnancy test
  • Once the test appears positive, please visit the doctor for consultation
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