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Week 4

You are four weeks pregnant and there is a long journey ahead of you if you are sure that you are pregnant. You will have exciting and challenging experiences during the entire journey so get ready for it.

The egg is now released from the ovary and has reached the fallopian tube where it gets fertilized by the sperm. Within a few days, the fertilized zygote or egg moves towards the uterus. A ball is now formed which comprises of several cells. The implantation of the egg takes place during this week where the developing embryo forms the nest in order to stay comfy throughout the pregnancy. The embryo starts developing here and becomes larger day by day, forms different tissues and structures throughout the journey in order to resemble a human.

The size of the baby 
The size of the baby at this week resembles a poppy seed.

Weight/height of the baby
The embryo comprises of two layers at this stage which later turns into organ formation. By the time you reach the end of this week, the baby is around 2mm or 0.08 inches in length.

About your baby
The embryo starts developing during this stage, the outer cells offer nutrition and blood supply while the inner cells form important structures like stomach, lungs, heart, stomach, GIT system, bladder, blood vessels, and many other important structures. In the initial stage, embryo derives the nutrition from yolk sac while in later stages this role is performed by the placenta.
During this period, most women find out that they are pregnant and this phase is known as the embryonic period.

About your body
You may not notice any visible changes during this stage of pregnancy but the most common signs of being pregnant at this stage are missing the periods. Some women also experience slight spotting or bleeding when implantation occurs. Once you confirm that you are pregnant start counting the days as you are done with the first month of your journey.

Your belly won’t show any visible changes till this stage if you are pregnant for the first time however with a second pregnancy you might have visible belly due to the previous stretch of muscles. The general symptoms during early pregnancy other than the missed periods include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, frequent urination, tender breasts, and others.

Do & Don’ts 
• Consume folic acid supplements
• Enjoy a balanced diet with healthy lifestyle
• Avoid smoking
• Drink enough amount of water to maintain hydration
• Have a restful sleep to stay calm and relaxed
• Get your pregnancy test
• Once the test appears positive to visit the doctors for consultation

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