Pregnancy: Week 3

3 Weeks Pregnant

What to expect at 3 weeks pregnant? Week 3 of pregnancy comes with new symptoms, and a whole new chapter in your fetus’s development cycle. This is the prime time to take a pregnancy test and select an ob-gyn to consult with throughout the course of pregnancy. If you don’t know who the best doctor for you is, ask your family or friends for recommendations.

Pregnancy Symptoms at 3 Weeks

  • Although your baby is growing, you may actually be losing weight due to nausea and vomiting. Moreover, hormone changes will likely cause you to lose your appetite, thus leading to further weight loss.
  • Stomach cramps are very common during the third week of pregnancy, and they are typically accompanied by huge amounts of vaginal discharge (known as leucorrhea). At this point, the discharge is clear and slippery, closely resembling uncooked egg whites.
  • There still aren’t many major external symptoms, however, the internal changes occurring in your body are critical. As your pregnancy progresses, symptoms accentuate. The levels of hCG in your blood and urine are extremely high, which tells your ovaries to release more estrogen and progesterone. These hormones prevent the uterus from shedding its lining (endometrium, where the embryo is attached), and stimulate the growth of the placenta, thus providing a healthy environment for your baby.

Your Baby at 3 Weeks

During the third week of pregnancy, your baby is called a “morula,” which is a ball of continuously multiplying cells. After the attachment of the fertilized egg, and its division into hundreds of cells, the endometrium provides nutrients to the embryo, and helps remove the waste. Some parts of your little one’s body are already beginning to take shape. The head, brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract are already developing.

3 weeks pregnant fetus
Right now, the baby is receiving oxygen through a primitive circulation system that’s made up of microscopic tunnels that connect the baby to blood vessels in the endometrium. The placenta will take this task over by the end of week 3 since it’s not developed enough for now.

Pregnancy Tips

  • Since the symptoms you are experiencing during the third week of pregnancy are probably very similar to your normal premenstrual syndrome, it can be difficult to say if you’re pregnant or if your period is just late. Take a pregnancy test first — although the result is very likely to be a positive one, don’t assume you’re not pregnant if it’s negative. Instead, retake the test, and schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn or midwife for a more detailed and safer examination.
  • It’s not time to quit your job or stop your daily activities yet. Continue to do them until you are told to stop. You won’t be feeling very tired until a few months later, so there’s no need to get external help for housekeeping.
  • If you haven’t already, then it’s time to stock up on foods that are good to your baby, such as fruits and vegetables. Avoid your morning cup of Joe since caffeine may have a negative impact on your baby’s development.
  • Quit smoking, and say goodbye to your glass of wine. Also, make sure you rest properly — that is, at least 8 hours a night. You will notice that, as your pregnancy progresses, you will begin feeling increasingly fatigued, so getting proper rest is a must.
  • Change your personal hygiene habits. The discharge is intended to protect your vagina and reproductive tract from infections, and keep pathogens at bay, so don’t attempt to remove it. Use sanitary pads instead of pads, and avoid any kind of soaps, deodorants, or other such hygiene products.