Overview of that week
For most women, this is the week when they finally conceive. This is the week when your ovary releases a mature egg. The egg then meets with the sperm in the Fallopian tube, causing fertilization to occur. You might not be able to know this week if you are already pregnant due to a lack of symptoms in the early stage.
Even though the actual conception happens this week when the male sperm fertilizes the egg, your pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last period. When the conception first happens, your baby is only as big as a cell called a zygote.
In the third week, the baby grows from a single cell and divides into a cluster of cells called blastocyst. At the same time, it moves through the fallopian tube on its way to the uterus which will take about 3 days.
The sex of the baby is already determined at this week. However, you will only be able to find it out through an ultrasound scan at weeks 18-19.
Body changes in mother
There probably won’t be many visible symptoms to confirm if the pregnancy has occurred. So, you might have to wait for a bit to confirm. However inside your body, alot of changes will have occurred to accommodate the recent pregnancy that has occurred.
The first change in your body is the level of hCG. This is the hormone which also helps you find out your pregnancy through the urine test. This might not be a visible symptom, but it might affect your digestion and overall mood.
One of the most early symptoms of pregnancy is the changes in the mood. So, watch out for any random changes in your emotional needs.
Hormones such as estrogen and hCG as well as the increased blood flow to your uterus might cause a feeling of being bloated.
Heightened sense of smell:
Your heightened sense of smell from ovulation might not go away after the week, which could be one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Or you might suddenly feel an increase in your sense of smell and find certain scents stronger which you previously didn’t notice.Due to this, you may also feel nauseated and not like certain food with a strong smell.
Your taste buds are also working more strongly than ever. It is common for pregnant women to get a metallic taste in their early pregnancy.
What should you do and don’t
- Keep having regular intercourse without protection to increase the chance of pregnancy.
- Maintain a healthy diet and an exercise routine to keep your body active.
- Your ovulation cycle gets disrupted when you are over exerted or stressed. So, get proper rest.
- Prenatal vitamins and folic acid supplements are recommended as soon as you begin trying for pregnancy.
- The fetus shouldn’t be exposed to smoke, narcotics, alcohol, radiation and toxic substances during the formation of their major organs.
- Caffeine can affect your pregnancy, so limit its consumption.
- Get proper rest and sleep.
- Increase your iron and vitamin C intake.