When you get to pregnancy week 4 you can say that you are over with the first month, and most probably you are fully prepared for motherhood.
The baby in the 4th week of pregnancy
Just as you might have guessed, the baby is still very small, not even half of tenth of an inch. Nonetheless every week that passes by you will experience more and more changes and your belly will also grow.
This is the week when the baby actually implants into the lining of the uterus. This is the place that will provide the nutrients for the baby and that will protect him or her. Also during this period the amniotic cavity starts to form. This is where the placenta will develop.
When you get to pregnancy week 4, you have to know that the placenta is very important, because it is made of blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients to the little one.
In this period you can start referring to the little one as an embryo. It is a very important period for the baby because the vital organs start to develop. This is why it is very important not to expose yourself or the little one to any substances that are harmful.
Dangers for the baby
There are a lot of different substances that could turn out to be harmful for the baby, and some of the most common ones include alcohol and tobacco. In case of any kind of substance abuse the baby could turn out to have malformations or birth defects.
In case you have problems during pregnancy week 4 with any substances, you should let your health care provider to work out a plan to protect the baby.
Your body during the 4th week of pregnancy
By this moment you might experience the feeling of being pregnant. The most common symptom that women experience during this time is fatigue, naturally except for missing your period. It is also natural to have some abdominal cramping.
This is an important period because now you are able to take a home pregnancy test that offers you an accurate result. In case the test is positive, you should make a visit to your health care provider to discuss the next steps regarding your pregnancy.
As you can see, there are a lot of changes going on during pregnancy week 4 and you can expect to see even more in the future.