Pregnancy: Week - 4

How your baby is growing:

Now on to that gestational sack mentioned above. This week your little Blastocyst becomes known as an embryo and it buries deeper into the uterine wall. The division that began last week continues as part of the cells become baby and part of them the placenta, but for now a gestational sack has developed. The gestational sack, called the amniotic sack later in pregnancy is sort of like an egg shell that protects your baby. Within this sack a yolk will develop to provide nutrients and red blood cells to your baby until the placenta has finished forming.

At this point your baby is .5 to 1 mm long, which is about the size of a poppy seed. This may seem awfully tiny but remember that a mere week ago your baby was the size of a period at the end of a sentence. This is amazing growth!

How your body is changing:

Most women have begun to experience some or all of those early pregnancy symptoms mentioned last week by now, most notably fatigue. Making babies is hard work! Remember to get at least eight hours of sleep and don’t be afraid to nap. There is no shame in a little sleep. Be careful not to compensate your lack of energy by upping your caffeine intake; remember 300 mg a day is the maximum you can take.

How your life is changing:

If your pregnancy test is positive and you haven’t already done so, looking for a doctor now is a good idea.

When choosing a doctor, there are a lot of things to consider. The first thing you will want to do is sit down and think about the things that really matter to you.

Does sex matter in regards to your primary doctor? Do you want pain medication during your birth?

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, finding the doctor is much easier task. Keep in mind, sometimes we can’t have all our desires met.

You may also want to know:

Few things are recommended when taking home pregnancy tests:

  • Test with your first urination of the day. Levels of HCG are highest at this point, making you the most likely to get an accurate result this early.
  • If you do get a negative result, wait until a few days after you should have had a period and re-test, or if you have already had a missed period just wait a few more days. This is why buying a two to three pack pregnancy test is a good idea. A late yes is better than no. Besides if you have been trying to conceive and you’re not pregnant, you’ll likely need the extras anyway.
  • Even if the second test is negative, if you are experiencing symptoms and have missed a period, you should continue to take care of yourself as explained in week one. If you miss a second period see a doctor. Any time after week four the gestational sack (explained later) will be visible through vaginal ultrasound. There are cases where women never receive a positive home test.

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