If previously you did not notice any sign of pregnancy, you will become aware of it by facing the lack of your period. Even though you might not feel any different than usual, great changes are taking place in your body. The heart of the embryo starts beating during this week, although it is so weak that the ultrasound will not be able to detect it until week 6.
The expectant mother
Besides feeling nauseous and dizzy, as a result of the hormonal changes, some women tend to experience headaches as well. Your senses of taste and smell become more intense and sensitive; even to the point that you might feel disgusted by tastes and smells you liked before.
From this week on, the internal organs and body parts of the embryo start to develop, and around day 20, his heart begins to pump blood. The production of embryo water starts this week as well. By this time, the embryo itself is approximately 2-3 millimeters long. His head, notochord and tip of tail become distinctive.
This week your pregnancy becomes detectable by home pregnancy tests that look for HCG; a pregnancy hormone that can be detected by sampling your urine. HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a protein hormone responsible for the development of parenchyma and ovulation. Home pregnancy tests are 97% accurate, so if you get a positive result, it is advised to see your gynecologist as soon as possible in order to confirm your pregnancy by ultrasound examination and blood test. By this time, the ultrasound examination will be able to show the yolk sac: a round, ring-like sac that provides the necessary nutrition for the embryo. After week 12, the yolk sac will atrophy and be replaced by the placenta. The ultrasound examination also confirms whether the gestation was successful.
You must be curious about the expected date of birth of your baby. In order to calculate it, you have to add 280 days or 40 weeks to the first day of your last period.
Your breasts might feel tender and swollen, making sleeping uncomfortable. You can help it by wearing a soft sports bra at night.
If you are prone to sleep disorders or insomnia, you should consider keeping soothing, calming tea leaves at home. Receiving feet massage with essential oils might also improve your nights’ rest. Our midwife will advise you on which oils and tea blends to buy during your consultation.
Try to improve your eating habits by consuming high-fiber food and whole grains – besides being healthy, they are also effective against constipation. Do not forget to drink a lot, preferably non-carbonated mineral water, tea or juices. You should not expect any noticeable change in your weight yet, but pay attention to calories: having snacks too often will result in a weight gain.