Inside the womb
Just last week, the little womb passenger is a blastocyst, a tiny ball made up of hundreds of cells that multiply at a crazy pace. This ball of cells has three parts which will eventually become the placenta, amniotic sac, and of course the embryo. A woman who is 3 weeks pregnant will now be starting to see those precious positive lines in her home pregnancy test. This is because the blastocyst’s primitive placenta starts producing the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) – the pregnancy hormone. This hormone gives a pregnancy test a positive outcome when detected.
The pregnancy hormone will then trigger an increase in progesterone and estrogen to keep the uterus lining from shedding. This activity also promotes placental growth. A woman’s ovaries will also stop releasing of eggs and keep her menstruation-free for the duration of the pregnancy. However, if the HCG fails in turning a pregnancy test positive, taking the test again after a couple of period-free days is recommended.
As of the moment, a woman who is 3 weeks pregnant is carrying a blastocyst cushioned by amniotic fluid. This substance will then become the amniotic sac which will be the baby’s pillow in the upcoming months of pregnancy. The precious ball of cells is now receiving oxygen from his or her mommy as well as essential nutrients that will sustain proper development and growth. At this point in pregnancy, microscopic tunnels form a simple circulatory system, connecting the baby to the uterine wall’s blood vessels. The blastocyst will also soon be developing a yolk sac which will produce its red blood cells. That cavity will also serve as the transporter of nutrients until the placenta is formed – this will happen at about the end of 4 weeks. If peeking into the womb is possible, it is now visible that the soon-to-be-embryo cells are forming themselves into two layers.
By the end of this week, a woman might notice a little spotting which is commonly mistaken as early drops of menstruation. There is no need for alarm, though. This phenomenon is known as implantation spotting wherein the little blastocyst will be burrowing into the uterine lining that is rich in blood. However, if a woman suspects herself to be pregnant and did not experience implantation spotting, then it’s perfectly fine. There is only a small percentage of pregnant women who had been through this.
Early pregnancy signs and symptoms
Although it might be a little early for her that is 3 weeks pregnant to experience pregnancy symptoms, some women start to notice them at this point. Keep in mind that every woman’s pregnancy experience is different; one might feel this and another won’t.
Nausea or vomiting – or the famous morning sickness – is one of the most common signs of pregnancy. Yes, this is even portrayed in movies. It is said that a pregnant woman feels this because of the higher levels of hormones taking over her body. Also, it could be connected with food aversions. A favorite indulgence could be a new pregnancy enemy. Even just the scent of certain food might make one puke. Cravings also take center stage but what would most likely happen first is a change in appetite. Pregnant women are picky eaters during the first few months. It is no secret that they tend to gag anything they intake. But there will also come a time when eating gets interesting – ever tried corn with peanut butter?
There will be a lot of changes in the body brought about by pregnancy. Breasts will become tender and even swollen in some cases thanks to the production of milk for the baby. With this, one may even notice that the nipples and the areolas become bigger and darker in color. This may be experienced later in the pregnancy by some, though. Moving on to the nose, pregnant women have heightened sense of smell. As mentioned earlier, certain scents may not be as appealing to a pregnant woman as it was before. Going down to the bladder, the urge to urinate will be very frequent. A few trips to the bathroom like before won’t do. The frequency should be expected to increase as the pregnancy progresses since the baby will gain weight and somehow press the bladder.
Fatigue is yet another battle to face since all of a sudden, it makes no sense to feel that immense kind of exhaustion even when little effort is exerted throughout a day. When at this stage when naps are enjoyable, pregnant women should sleep whenever they can as being closer to the due date will not be a stroll in the park. Last among the named few is an increase in basal body temperature. This, in layman’s term, feels like a woman is fertile because her normal warmth is at a certain height until she delivers her little one.
A positive result
Since those who are 3 weeks pregnant have probably screamed over the joy of a positive pregnancy test already, it would be sweet and creative to think of ways to announce the pregnancy especially to the partner. There are many ways to come up with pregnancy announcement ideas from artistic photo shoots to sweet toddlers handing the positive result to their daddies. The trick is to maintain the spirit of joy while doing it. After all, welcoming an angel to a family is of great delight.
Aside from formally announcing a pregnancy, preparation is king. Appointments with healthcare providers should be plotted soon to keep the little one’s growth on a healthy track. Vices should also be kicked aside for now or for good to ensure that the baby will not develop abnormalities. It is but imperative to take caution with food and beverages that might be unhealthy for a developing baby. Moms-to-be need to start a healthy lifestyle that is charged with good food, sufficient water, sound sleep, essential vitamins and a healthy environment. As sound body is important, a sound mind is also a must for pregnant women. For first time moms, picking up new or pre-loved pregnancy books will help further knowledge on having a healthy pregnancy all throughout.