Pregnancy- Week 3

Three weeks into your pregnancy, and you might be wondering just how this little miracle occurred.

Your Body at Week 3

Any signs of pregnancy now are likely to be very similar to those you experience just before you come on – perhaps some mild cramping, sore and heavy boobs.

The clearest sign that you are pregnant is a missed period. If your period is still a week or so away, it may be best to wait a little longer before taking a pregnancy test.

How your baby’s growing

Your baby is just a tiny ball made of hundreds of constantly multiplying cells.
Right now, your little baby is receiving oxygen and nutrients from the wall of your uterus. By the end of next week, the placenta will have developed enough to take over this task.

 

What to think about in Week 3

Discovering you are pregnant is obviously a totally joyous occasion – but it might also get you worried too! You might need to think about making some big lifestyle changes, such as getting a more spacious accommodation, planning for schools, and other long-term plans.

Babies certainly make a huge financial impact on parents, so it is never too early in your pregnancy to start budgeting for all the things you are going to need, from nappies, to clothes.

 

Pregnancy symptoms at Week 3

You may start feeling uncomfortable when you wear bra.

Some women get food cravings early in their pregnancy. You may notice that your food preferences have changed, and that your favourite food might suddenly become unappetising.

Aversions are also common at this stage. Things you never used to eat before pregnancy will now become your favorite.
Don’t be surprised if you start getting tired from this week. During the day, you may feel exhausted and struggle to stay awake. This is because your body is preparing itself to support your baby.

 

Tips for Week 3

-Avoid alcohol.

-Avoid smoking.
-Avoid drugs: the legal, the illegal, and those “herbs (Agbo, as Yorubas call it),” and those that come as skin creams (such as acne medication) and in beverages (like caffeine).
-Immediately tell your care provider about any prescription or other medications you currently take or were taking at the time you conceived.
-If you have any kind of medical appointment with a doctor or dentist, inform them that you may be pregnant.
-Eat five servings of different fruits and vegetables daily.
-Drink plenty of water.

 

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