4 Weeks Pregnant
— The time to notice increased HCG levels in your body
Now you are 4 weeks pregnant, it is amazing to hear, am I right!! So, with this week, you are almost at the end of first month of your pregnancy. This is the right time for implantation and it is the time to feel the changes happening in your body, but the growth of the baby will not be confirmed yet. Because for most women, it is the time for the monthly period and the body becomes more aware of the changes happening inside.
Till 4th week, if you are experienced any symptoms or any change in your body, then it is the time to decide and make yourself known. Either you can visit your gynecologist or try with home pregnancy test kit to know whether you are pregnant or not.
If the test turns positive, then you are 4 weeks pregnant now. So, want to know what happens with you and your baby during the pregnancy week 4? Read on to know more…
Symptoms experienced by a 4 weeks pregnant woman:
During the pregnancy week 4, you may feel slightly different when compared to the previous three weeks. You may feel the symptoms more than previous weeks.
Physically you may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Missed period
- Feeling full
- Poor appetite
- Mild cramping
- Breast tenderness
- Frequent urination
Few women start to experience morning sickness from 4th week onwards, but some may start to experience from their 6th week. Even if you experience during pregnancy week 4, it is not a worrying situation. This difference is because of the changes happening in your body.
Nausea is also one of the annoying pregnancy symptoms that you may experience about 3 times a day. This is a very disrupting pregnancy symptom and sometimes leads to hyperemesis gravidarum, which needs immediate doctor’s consultation. The doctor will help to reduce the dehydration.
If you are not experiencing any of the above 4 weeks pregnant symptoms, it is really wonderful. But, it is not a worrying situation and is perfectly normal for most women. If you are experiencing any of the above pregnancy symptoms, then start taking care of yourself.
During this period, you may experience overall soreness due to morning sickness and the changes that your body is undergoing. Afternoon headaches and back pain are the most common symptoms during the initial stages of pregnancy.
Physical changes that occur in a 4 weeks pregnant woman:
During pregnancy week 4, a part of the ovary produces the corpus luteum that is responsible for the production of progesterone in women during the early weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately placenta will form and begin producing more progesterone that your body requires to maintain the pregnancy by the time you enter into the pregnancy week 12 or thereabout.
From pregnancy week 4, you may start gaining weight and also the breast size starts increasing to prepare for breastfeeding. Your heartbeat becomes more fast and it will increase about 15 beats per minute.
Fetal changes that occur in a 4 weeks pregnant woman:
During pregnancy week 4, the size of the fetus is about 0.014 to 0.04 inches. There are two layers of the cells make connection with your baby, called epiblast and hypoblast. Additionally, during this period, the development of two new structures will also take place, such as amnion and the yolk sac.
- Amnion is filled with amniotic fluid, which surrounds to protect the growing fetus.
- Yolk sac is responsible for the production of blood and to ensure the proper nourishment of your growing baby.
During this week, placenta is in the process of formation and is made up of blood and vascular networks to protect the baby as well as supplies nutrients and oxygen.
Overall, in pregnancy week 4, home for the upcoming baby is in the process of construction. This week is the time to show up the baby’s arm and leg buds. Several different layers of cells start developing to support the baby’s growth. These cells will grow into your baby’s organs as well as other parts of the body.
What care should be taken by a 4 weeks pregnant woman?
Taking plenty of rest, eating smaller meals more often and wearing a supporting bra are very important during the initial stages of pregnancy. You should remember that first trimester is the very crucial period of pregnancy as there are more chances for miscarriage at this time. So, you should be very careful to protect yourself from any injuries or accidents.
Avoid exposing yourself to harmful chemical, very hot and cold conditions as they can damage the developing fetus. Avoid lifting heavy objects or do significantly soliciting activities. The more the physical effort, the greater is the chances of miscarriage.
This is the period for most women experience anxiety attacks. Whether it may be due to unwanted pregnancy or may be due to irritation to any smells, like perfume smell or some food flavors. Stress and anxiety can cause a very damaging effect on your baby, so be very careful.
Sit in a calm environment and think about your condition. It helps to understand better about the changes happening with you and also it offers the baby a perfect psychological environment.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about what happens during pregnancy week 5…