How Your Baby Grows Inside You: Week 3
Your baby, still a ball of cells, is now well on its way to becoming a foetus! And you are about to feel the difference. Read on as we tell all that you need to know...
Your baby is still a tiny ball made up of hundreds of cells and is barely visible. You will probably not be able to see your baby on an ultrasound just yet. This ball of cells or the blastocyst (which is about to become your baby), has located its spot in the uterus and has now started burrowing into the lining. This is when life is being formed within you, one cell at a time!
Some of the cells will now form the placenta and start producing a hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The level of this hormone increases rapidly at this stage and a blood test can now help your doctor gauge if all is going well with your pregnancy.
The HCG hormone sends a signal to the ovaries, asking it to not release any more eggs. It also tells the uterus to keep its lush lining intact. You can now say goodbye to your period for the next nine months!
Signs and Symptoms
You might actually experience some pregnancy symptoms even though your tests are not yet positive. Most second-time mums recognise these easily.
The most classic sign is the feeling of tenderness in the breasts. Your breasts will now start behaving like the touch-me-nots and you will notice that the areola (the circular area around your nipple) has enlarged a bit and maybe even darkened.
Another symptom is the tired feeling and lethargy. You might find yourself wanting to rest for most of the day. This is absolutely normal. After all, you’re making a baby!
Feeling the need to use the bathroom more often than normal is another symptom as the uterus starts pressing against the bladder.
Many women find that their tastes change during pregnancy. Food that you have not enjoyed previously might suddenly appeal to you and food that you love might no longer be enjoyable. Just eat what you crave for in moderation and have fun with your tastebuds.
Your uterus is slowly getting ready to house your precious little bundle of joy and is stretching rapidly. If you have always maintained a healthy lifestyle then you might not have to make any major changes in your routine. But if and when you know that there is a possibility of being pregnant, it is best to avoid jarring activities, high impact sports, heavy drugs and alcohol.
It is around this time that most women start guessing that they could be pregnant. You might want to try a home pregnancy test that requires you to put a few drops of urine on the test strip. The test may be negative but do not assume that you’re definitely not pregnant.
Repeat the test at about 5 weeks after the first date of your last period. You also need to take an appointment with your doctor who can schedule blood tests to get a more accurate result.
Sometimes, implantation happens close to or on the cervix (which is the mouth of the uterus). Clinically, this is referred to as a low lying placenta or placenta previa. Women who have this condition will experience episodes of blood spotting which can be very scary. Your doctor will want to limit your exercises and ask you to rest as much as possible if you do have a low-lying placenta.
Old Wives' tales
It is a common myth that newly pregnant women enjoy pungent foods and start craving for pickles. This is probably because your taste buds have been thrown for a toss due to pregnancy hormones and pickles provide a strong flavor. Again, this is the time to relish any and everything you crave!
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