3 Weeks Pregnant What to Expect : Symptoms, Baby Growth, Mother’s Changes, Belly, Ultrasound

We are in the third of forty weeks of pregnancy : you may begin to feel the first symptoms. You are pregnant and you begin to feel that something is happening to your body, maybe you feel different, a little more tired than usual.

Third week of pregnancy, what to do

After the positive pregnancy test, or in place of it, the test that almost all women at the beginning of a pregnancy decide to do, or are prescribed by the gynecologist, is precisely the dosage of beta HCG   commonly called beta. If from the blood tests, the value of this hormone increases daily, the pregnancy proceeds well and it is this hormone that determines the positivity of the pregnancy test.

Baby’s growth:

Your embryo is between 14 and 21 days old. It evolves very quickly and doubles its volume every day. In the third week of pregnancy it appears as a small spot with a distinct head and tail. The nervous system, brain and medulla begin to develop. The two blood vessels are fused and contracted: the heart originates there and begins to beat very slowly (about 40 beats per minute).

In this phase, the formation of eyes and ears also begins and slowly they begin to become operative even if the embryo continues to feed on the substances present in the uterine lining.

Still you may have the feeling that you are not yet pregnant. But let me share with you with a smile that a baby is already in the development stage. You must be curious to know the development now. Your baby has been conceived. Initially the eggs, which got fertilized, undergo a process of splitting up. Approximately after 30 hours of fertilization, the egg splits into 2 cells, then 4 cells, and so on during it’s way to the uterus. While approaching the uterus, these clusters of cells resemble a tiny ball like shape, which is known as a morula.

The feature of the morula is hollow from inside which is filled with fluid, which is then termed as blastocyst. The blastocyst gets connected automatically to the so-called endometrium. Uterus has a lining, which is known as an Endometrium. This development is known as implantation. The process of implantation inside the uterus is a vital association. The developing embryo is endowed with nutrients by the endometrium. The waste is also removed by the endometrium. Gradually the enlargement of the implantation site takes place to form a placenta.

Mother’s changes:

You may begin to feel early pregnancy symptoms, such as mood swings, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, breast tension, morning sickness .
They are mainly caused by the hormonal changes taking place in your body that serve to prevent the embryo from being expelled from the uterus.

It is possible that small blood losses may occur : most likely they are normal discharge , linked to the implantation of the embryo. But if the losses become more abundant it is good to contact the gynecologist, especially if the lower abdominal pain is also present : there may be an ectopic pregnancy in progress or a miscarriage.
You may have a ferocious appetite and feel the frequent need to urinate : this is completely normal because the body is slowly getting used to the big changes taking place.

Specified nutrients, protein, iron and calcium are very much required for the baby’s nourishment. Please remember that the intake of folic supplements still continues which is extremely vital as because neural tube shortcomings are taken care of by supplements of folic acid.

Protein intake should be augmented now for the generation of new tissues. The teeth and the bones require adequate calcium for its development too. For this you need to ensure good quantity of green vegetables leafy in nature, dairy products, and legumes too. For your baby’s blood quantity enhancement, intake of iron is indispensable. Excellent resources of iron comprise red meat, eggs, legumes, and green vegetables leafy in nature.

How the body changes in the third week of pregnancy 

Most women may not feel any changes in their bodies, not least because in the third week of pregnancy , conception has just occurred. You may have lost your appetite due to a little nausea and therefore you may have lost weight, or on the contrary you may feel a little swollen or have gained a little weight because you are in the grip of an unbelievable hunger.

In any case, take note of your weight so that you can follow how you will gain weight over the course of the nine months.

The breasts may be a little sore and tight and may increase in size.
Maintain a lifestyle as healthy as possible: the formation of the organs of the fetus occurs between the first and second month of pregnancy so relax and eat balanced.

Father’s role:

Not much of it now. Be ready for a considerable change soon in life.

Interesting Facts about the third week of pregnancy

Your diet affects the development of the fetus. In fact, an unbalanced diet can also increase the risk of miscarriage or cause low baby weight and premature birth. Furthermore, some studies have confirmed that dieting during pregnancy also affects the baby’s long-term health and increases his chances of suffering from obesity or hypertension.

The week’s inspiration:

You must be nurturing a thought at the back of your mind whether it is a boy or a girl inside you.

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