Congratulations! You are four weeks into your pregnancy and there is an exciting journey ahead of you.
The egg is now released from the ovary and has reached the fallopian tube where it gets fertilised by the sperm. Within a few days, the fertilised zygote or egg moves towards the uterus. A ball is now formed which comprises of several cells. The implantation of the egg takes place during this week where the developing embryo forms the nest in order to stay comfy throughout the pregnancy. The embryo starts developing here and becomes larger. Day by day, it forms different tissues and structures throughout the journey to develop a baby.
The size of your baby:
At this week, your baby’s size is of a poppy seed.
The weight and height of your baby:
By the time the end of this week, the baby is around 2mm or 0.08 inches in length.
About your baby:
The embryo starts developing during this stage, the outer cells offer nutrition and blood supply while the inner cells form important structures like the stomach, lungs, heart, stomach, gastrointestinal tract system, bladder, blood vessels, and many other important structures. In the initial stage, the embryo derives the nutrition from a yolk sac while in later stages, this role is performed by the placenta.
During this period, most women would find out that they are pregnant and this phase is known as the embryonic period.
About your body:
You may not notice any visible changes during this stage of pregnancy but the most common sign of being pregnant at this stage is your missing period. Some women also experience slight spotting or bleeding when implantation occurs. Once you confirm that you are pregnant, start counting the days until you meet your little bundle of joy.
If this is your first pregnancy, your belly won’t show any visible changes. However, with a second pregnancy, you might have a visible belly due to the previous stretch of muscles. The general symptoms during early pregnancy other than the missed period include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, frequent urination, tender breasts, and others.
Do & Don’ts:
- Consume folic acid supplements
- Enjoy a balanced diet with a 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, if unsure that you’re pregnant
- Once the test appears positive, please visit the doctor for consultation