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Week 4 of pregnancy baby development is typically the life-changing stage when women learn that they are pregnant. This is an important period of acceptance and adjustment.
The first thing to know about week 4 of pregnancy baby development is the condition of your baby.
During this stage of your pregnancy, your baby is still super-tiny. Your future daughter/son is just the size of a small seed. At this point, the fertilized egg has implanted itself inside your uterus. It will then divide into several layers and some of those will become the embryo. The layers that form the embryo will eventually develop to become different parts of your baby’s body.
The other layers will start to form the placenta. The placenta is the organ that forms to protect your baby during pregnancy. It will then start to connect to the uterine wall. After that, the umbilical cord will grow out of the placenta to connect to your body.
The amniotic fluid, which will serve as a cushion for your baby while inside your body, will start to form during this period. That fluid is starting to form inside the yolk sac.
How will your body change during this period of pregnancy? For some expectant mothers, there might be no symptoms yet during week 4 of pregnancy baby development. For others, they might feel cramps or they could see some spots. These symptoms occur when the fertilized egg implants itself into the uterus.
This is the point when the body starts releasing the hormone hCG. This is the hormone that tells the body to stop the ovary from releasing an unfertilized egg each month and stops your monthly menstruation. When you take a home pregnancy test, the hormone hCG will be detected by that test. The body will also increase the production and release of estrogen and progesterone, which are important hormones as well.
Here are some of the most common pregnancy symptoms that you might experience in week 4 of pregnancy baby development:
These are the main symptoms that you may expect in your week 4 of pregnancy baby development. You may also notice that this week your energy may not be up and you get tired easily. Do not be alarmed because your body is adjusting to the increased hormone levels that may be causing you to feel tired easily. However, consult your physician because this may also be a symptom of iron deficiency.
The moment you suspect that you are pregnant, you should visit your doctor right away. Even if a pregnancy test confirms your pregnancy, the doctor will still request also needs a urine/serum pregnancy test. Your first visit for prenatal care will help determine your due date and help identify risk factors that may impact your pregnancy. Certain laboratory test will be requested and must follow up on the 2nd prenatal visit.
Here are a few things that you may want to consider on your fourth week of pregnancy:
In many ways, week 4 of pregnancy baby development is the official start of your journey as a mother. At this crucial point, you need to take extra care of yourself and your baby in preparation for the months ahead.
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