Four Weeks Pregnant
You are four weeks pregnant. What will be special about this week?
It is around this time that you will discover you are pregnant and your life will change. You have probably noticed a missed period, and joy or worries of pregnancy are beginning to enter your mind. You may have already taken a pregnancy test, but for really accurate results you should still wait for about a week after you have missed your period.
If your test was negative, then do not despair, hold on another four weeks and if you still have not gotten your period schedule an appointment with your doctor. You still might be pregnant because pregnancy tests are not always 100% accurate.
If you have taken a pregnancy test and the result positive, you should go ahead and schedule a check-up with your doctor. Unless you have some medical condition which could negatively impact pregnancy, you will usually see your doctor about four weeks pregnant after, when eight weeks pregnant.
If you are smoking, drinking or living and unhealthy lifestyle now are the time to stop. The way you live can negatively impact your baby, for the health of your baby, you should work hard to give he/she the best possible start. I have written an excellent article on the dangers of smoking during pregnancy if you smoke I would advise you to read it.
It is also a good time to talk to your doctor about any medication you should or should not be taking. Make sure you get a list of medicine which should be avoided during pregnancy.
I also suggest you and your partner start to read up about pregnancy. It is important that you both have a good understanding of what lies ahead.
The growth of Your Baby:
The 4th week of pregnancy is also the start of the embryonic period. From this week to ten weeks pregnant the organs of your baby will develop. Some organs will even begin to function.
This period from four weeks pregnant to ten weeks pregnant is a very critical time in a baby’s growth. Because this is when development is at its height, your baby is most vulnerable during this time.
At this moment your baby is no larger than a poppy seed. He/she is made up of 2 different layers called the epiblast and the hypoblast. It is from these that he/she will develop body parts and organs.
It is when the amniotic sac first appears. Its purpose is to house your baby. It is made up of amniotic fluid, which cushions the baby as he/she develops and grows. Also, the Yolk sac which gives a baby red blood cells. It also acts as an initial feeder of nutrients, until the placenta has developed and is ready to take over the job.
When you are four weeks pregnant, your placenta is still in a very early stage of growth. At this juncture, it consists of 2 layers. It is also slowly pushing into your uterus lining, a process that will allow it to deliver nutrients when it eventually functions properly at the start of the 5th week.