Week 3 – Pregnancy

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What’s happening inside your body
Approximately after thirty hours of fertilization, the fertilized cell divides itself into two, and after 10 hours it again divides into four identical cells. Within 3 days it becomes 16 and it continues to travel up-to the Fallopian tube. On the 4th day the fertilized egg has multiplied into over a hundred cells and is still growing fast. The egg now has a center filled with fluid but looks like a solid round mass as it enters the uterus. It is still invisible to the naked eye. Eventually, the zygote becomes a hollow ball of cells called a blastocyst. It is made up of two layers that eventually become the placenta and the embryo. It floats in the womb getting its nourishment from the secretion of glands situated in the lining of the uterus. By the end of this week, it will attach itself to the thickening lining of the womb by a process known as implantation that signals the completion of conception.
Both the sperm and the egg contain 23 chromosomes each that was combined to make up the zygote . At conception, your baby’s gender, eye color, hair color, and many other features have already been determined.
Once the implantation happens your body starts releasing HCG hormone which is also a signal to the ovaries to stop producing additional eggs. Your pregnancy test is positive when this hormone is detected in your urine or blood.
The most difficult task during this time is the wait. The wait to miss the period before you can go for the test and be absolutely sure about the pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms in week 3
Even though it’s a little early, you may begin experiencing some of the first signs of pregnancy. If your menstrual cycle is shorter than 28 days, you may realize that you could be pregnant.The signs and symptoms can vary in different women. But typically you might experience below symptoms:

  • Nausea and tiredness
  • Implantation cramps and spotting
  • Rise in basal body temperature
  • Tender or swollen breast
  • Dizziness
  • Miscarriages are common during this time and the cause of the same is difficult to ascertain and there is     hardly any precaution to prevent it. It can be said that they happen due to chromosomal abnormality.

So what should you be doing this week :
* You should make sure to take enough rest.
* Intake of healthy food , vitamin and folic acid supplements.
* Brace yourself to hear “Its Positive” soon.

Good luck for your pregnancy!

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