Pregnancy Week 4, What to Expect
You’re almost at the end of your first month of pregnancy. Congratulations! Between days 21 and 28, the embryo digs down into the lining of your uterus – this stage of pregnancy is called implantation. By pregnancy week 4, all sorts of interesting changes start to happen in your body – find out more here.
Although your baby is still smaller than a single grain of rice, fetal development starts to accelerate quickly after implantation. The placenta will have formed to give your baby nutrients and a cushioning sac of amniotic fluid (“the waters”) will be filling around the embryo.
Within the next few days, the beginnings of your baby’s face will form – the eyes, mouth, jaw, and throat will start to take shape. Additionally, blood cells are multiplying and circulation is beginning.
The Earliest Symptoms of Pregnancy
If you’ve been anxiously waiting and asking yourself, “When do pregnancy symptoms start?” then your long wait is over. Towards the end of this week, you’ll start to see some of the early signs of being pregnant.
At the end of pregnancy week 4 (approximately 28 days after the beginning of your last ovulation cycle), you will be expecting your period to arrive. If it doesn’t, this may be the 1st symptom of pregnancy.
Some light spotting during pregnancy is perfectly normal at this stage. It is only the result of the embryo embedding in your womb. This is another of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy.
Other than these two possible signs and symptoms of being pregnant, you are unlikely to feel any different to normal, despite the rapid changes happening inside your womb.
Pregnancy Week 4 “To Do” List
Keep the Secret:
As they say, “Mom’s the word” – it’s hard but you should keep your pregnancy news between you and your partner for just a little bit longer. Most doctors and midwives consider you to be past the biggest danger of miscarriage when you’re 12 weeks pregnant. Try and keep your secret till then.
Think about Prenatal Care:
If you haven’t already, now’s a great time to decide on an obstetrician (pregnancy doctor) or midwife and make your first appointment to discuss your prenatal care plan.
Make sure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet. You’re not “eating for two” but approximately 300 extra calories per day than your pre-pregnancy diet should give your baby all the nutrients he or she needs at this stage of your pregnancy development.
Learn all about Pregnancy
As well as physical fitness during pregnancy, a calm and positive mindset is proven to be beneficial to both mother and baby. In this article, we explore how pregnancy yoga, meditation, and music can enhance your pregnancy.
Download some great books to your kindle (or order real books!) and start reading up on everything there is to know about pregnancy, delivery, and parenting.
It’s never too early to start making positive lifestyle changes to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and give your child the best possible start in life.