This is the time when you might have missed your periods. Your body may be giving early signs of pregnancy or if you do not feel anything new, there is nothing to worry about. However, if you have already found out about carrying a baby inside, we wish you the best! Don’t just blast this news on the radio yet, out of excitement and happiness, instead, start taking folic acid (if you haven’t yet started) and try to maintain a good, balanced diet. The body is trying to prepare itself for the pregnancy. This is the time when you should take a pre-pregnancy test as the hCG level in the blood would be on an increase. It’s advised to take the test in the early morning when the hCG level is quite high. If the test is not positive and you are expecting your periods, you should wait for another week and then do the test again.
You have been carrying your baby since two weeks your periods is due, but as pregnancy is calculated from the onset of your last period, you are 1 month’s pregnant.
This week is filled with lot of activities / action happening inside you. From now and till 10 weeks, the baby’s organs will begin to develop. The embryo, has two layers, the epiblast and the hypoblast, and the cells have already multiplied like crazy. It has found a place in the uterus to cling on and in next 36 hrs would fix itself in the uterus. The placenta is also developing along the line of the uterus, and it will be providing oxygen and essential nutrients to the fetus in the weeks to come. The amniotic sac and the fluids are beginning to form a protective, soft layer for the baby’s residence.
Physical and Emotional You:
You might be suspicious of being pregnant since you were expecting your period and it has not begun yet. Unless you have a medical condition, or have had an unsuccessful attempt previously, you could simply rely on your home pregnancy kit.
There may be many apprehensions and you might be going to the washroom to check often, waiting to see if you have your periods. This might feel like waiting for eternity.
Emotionally you might feel blotting, mood swings similar to PMS (Pre menstrual syndrome) and a lot more emotional than usual. If you have been trying to conceive from quite a time now and the tests were turning negative, this period might be stressful. Trust your intuition, and avoid panicking.
Your Baby at 4 Weeks:
While you have been apprehensive about having missed your periods the single cell embryo has divided itself in three distinct layers. Your baby is like a size of a poppy seed and might not be visible to the naked eye. The outer layer which is called ectoderm will become eyes, skin, hair, nervous system, brain and even the enamel of their teeth. Mesoderm, the middle layer, will become the baby’s skeleton, muscles, kidneys, tissues and blood. The layer on the inside of endoderm will eventually become internal organs. At the early stage of pregnancy the embryo has a tiny yolk like sac which provides nutrients. The yolk is surrounded by fluid inside the amniotic sac which later develops into placenta. The placenta grows deep in the walls of uterus to for a rich blood supply to the embryo.
Things to Note
PS: Every baby grows differently in the womb and outside it. The information presented here is on generic terms, and it does not necessarily holds true for everyone.