During pregnancy, you will feel anxious and worried about what will happen to you and your baby in these 9 months. Every week of pregnancy bring new bodily changes and we are here to provide you details of 4 week and you can get a lot of information about what to expect in every week of pregnancy. Here is a guide to your pregnancy journey.
In 4 week of pregnancy, the growing embryo is not bigger than the size of an apple seed. Embryo settles down in the uterus lining and the outer cells will act as a link with your blood supply. The inner cells will first form two layers and later on three layers. Each layer will develop in parts of baby’s body. One layer will form the brain, nervous system, skin, eyes and ears. One layer will form lungs, stomach and gut. While one layer will form heart, blood, muscles and bones. By this time baby is smaller and microscopic. Now you are 4 weeks pregnant which means 1 month pregnancy and now only 8 months to go. The heart of an embryo begins to beat 3 weeks after conception.
Signs And Symptoms
There is a chance that by this time, you might feel any of the symptoms given as follow:
You might notice a little bleeding pinkish/brownish in color. This is called “implantation bleeding” and can occur when the egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. Women often get confused and think as if it’s a sign of periods. It is not something serious and you should not get worried about it.
Mild cramping can occur and it is a sign that baby has properly get implanted in the uterus but severe cramping is not good and if it’s occur then you should consult your doctor.
You will see changes in mood due to fluctuating hormones in the body. These mood changes are drastic till 12 weeks of pregnancy.
50-90% of women get morning sickness during pregnancy which includes nausea, vomiting and feeling tired or exhausted.
Diet And Nutrition
Increase intake of Vitamin D as it is good for bone structure and healthy teeth and it also helps in absorbing calcium. Increase intake of milk and foods containing Vitamin D.
Increase intake of fluids because it is very essential in early weeks of pregnancy because body increases blood flow and baby at this time needs more fluids. Increased intake of fluids will also help in reducing problem of constipation.
Drink plenty of water and skim milk. Also add yogurt to your diet.
Add folate rich foods to your diet even if you are taking folic acid supplements. Sources of folate rich foods are citrus fruits, beans, peas and rice etc.
Eat fruits like avocado, strawberries, bananas, oranges and apples as these fruits contain antioxidants and are also good for growth and development of the baby.
Also eat fish and meat because these are also good for you and your baby’s health.
Eat more and more vegetables. Add broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, corn and cabbage to your diet.
Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise. There are many benefits that pregnant women can get from exercise. Exercise reduces problem of constipation, improves mood and reduces anxiety.
If there are no complications in your pregnancy then it should not stop you from doing regular exercise.
But you remember one thing and that is to maintain a safe exercise routine during this whole journey of pregnancy. By week 4, you should remember a few things and that are:
Drink plenty of water.
Increase intake of fluids.
If you feel tired or body show signs that there is some problem then immediately stop doing exercise
Avoid exposure to chemicals
Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise.
You should talk to your doctor if you have any concerns. Also keep a check on your diet and stop taking foods and medicines that are not good for you and your baby’s health. Before doing exercises, you should discuss with your doctor all such things.
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