Your pregnancy week by week: Week 4

Mummies, this is the time when your body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone, hCG, which may cause you to experience nausea, dizziness, mood swings and exhaustion. After 3 weeks pregnant, your little ball of cells is about the size of a poppy seed. You may feel that your bras are getting tighter and you are sensitive to smells as your baby starts to grow. It’s not uncommon to ask your spouse to change his perfume or to avoid certain food stalls because of the “stench”. These are classic symptoms of early pregnancy and by this time you might be wondering if you’re pregnant.

How your foetus is developing during pregnancy week by week:

The tiny ball of cells that is your baby begins to undergo its magical transformation into a multilayered embryo. The multilayered embryo then begins to grow into specialized parts of your baby’s body. The inner layer, known as the endoderm, will develop into your baby’s digestive system, liver, and lungs. The middle layer, called the mesoderm, will soon be your baby’s heart, sex organs, bones, kidneys, and muscles. The outer layer, or ectoderm, will eventually form your baby’s nervous system, hair, skin, and eyes.

What you can do right now:

If you’re wondering why your menstruation hasn’t come and suspecting that you may be pregnant, now is a good time for you to take a pregnancy test or go to a gynaecologist for confirmation. Tip: Mustaffa sells the cheapest pregnancy test kits island-wide. You are able to get a test kit for under $2!

It’s also the right time to stop smoking, and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. Do also avoid unpasteurised soft cheese such as camembert, and brie, undercooked meats and soft-boiled eggs to avoid e-coli and salmonella infections. Do also avoid fish with high mercury levels (shark, swordfish, king mackerel).

What can I expect at 5 weeks?