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4 weeks pregnant

With your normal menstrual cycle you would have your period this week. Since you are 4 weeks pregnant, this week is the first time you have overdue. You may not even have noticed the first symptoms of pregnancy. Fortunately you can take a pregnancy test this week, but it can also be just too early.

Your baby in week 4 of your pregnancy

If you are 4 weeks pregnant, your baby has found its place in the womb . The embryo is developing rapidly. The coming weeks are crucial for the rest of your baby’s life.

The embryo now consists of three layers that develop into the different body parts of your baby in the 4th week of your pregnancy.  The inner layer grows to include the liver and lungs. The middle layer forms the heart, bones, muscles, kidneys, and genitals. The hair , skin, eyes and nervous system of your baby arise from the outer layer .

The part that develops into the placenta , now the yolk sac, produces the hCG pregnancy hormone . Thanks to this hormone your body knows that it does not have to make new eggs and that the womb lining must remain intact. In addition, the placenta is very important for the growth of your embryo.

You in week 4 of your pregnancy

This week perhaps the clearest pregnancy symptom occurs: you are overdue . The level of pregnancy hormone (hCG) in your body may be high enough to test your suspicions with a pregnancy test . However, this test can still be negative .

Your baby-to-be is still a tiny pinhead, so it is not yet clear from your body that you are pregnant. Yet you can already have a bloated feeling in your stomach and maybe your stomach is a bit swollen. It is still invisible to the outside world. What your environment can notice is your ‘odeur’: flatulence can now arise! Do you suffer from this? Then don’t hold them back, just let them blow. This may reduce your bloating feeling.

In this phase there are women who have no idea what to expect in the coming months (and years). Some women sense everything that they are pregnant, while there is also a group that really does not know or has doubts. Certainly the last group wants to put an end to this uncertainty as quickly as possible. Are you pregnant or not ? However, a pregnancy test is only really reliable from the beginning of week 5 . So please wait …

Baby stuff; this much?!

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No matter how early it is, it is always nice to see which things you all need for your child. In a baby shop they have more than you think!

Tip at 4 weeks pregnant

Normally it is wise to eat healthily , but if you are pregnant, this becomes even more important. Your baby eats with you. If you normally eat healthy and varied, you don’t have to adjust much. In the coming months there will be a number of nutrients that are extra important. For example, make sure that you get enough iron and calcium .

Tips for You This Week

Don’t forget vitamin D

Most of your vitamin D supply comes from the sun or milk. If you don’t drink the white stuff or spend much time outdoors, you’ll need to find your D from other sources.

That’s because vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and bone structure, plus it helps you absorb calcium — and you already know why you need to absorb plenty of that.

Get your D from canned sardines, fortified milk, orange juice and egg yolks.

Find your due date

Calculating your due date is actually a lot easier than you’d think: Your estimated due date is 40 weeks from the first day of your last period.

Here’s the slightly confusing part: If you do give birth on that day, your baby will have clocked in only 38 weeks in utero, not 40. That’s because pregnancy counting begins two weeks before your baby is even conceived (making you about four weeks pregnant before you saw your positive pregnancy test).

Regardless, you shouldn’t plan your schedule around your estimated due date. After all, it is just an estimate. Most babies are born between 37 and 42 weeks — with babies of first-time moms more likely to arrive on the latter side. Only a handful of babies actually make their debuts right on schedule.

Avoid secondhand smoke

You may not smoke, but if you hang with those who do, stop. Recent research has found that exposure to secondhand smoke may increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, ectopic pregnancy and other complications.

Healthy fats are good

Your baby needs some fat — especially essential fats (that’s why they’re called essential), like omega-3 fatty acids. DHA, one of those omega-3s, is a major component of the human brain and retina, and important for your baby’s developing brain and eyes.

Get DHA from  oily fish such as trout, anchovies, sardines or wild salmon, or from DHA-fortified eggs.

Go for a swim

Dive in! Swimming is a fun, safe, low-impact exercise that offers up plenty of cardiovascular benefits. (It also allows you to feel weightless no matter how many extra pounds you gain!)

Like any aerobic exercise, swimming boosts your body’s ability to use oxygen, which is good for you and your baby. Plus, doing laps improves circulation and muscle tone, as well as increases your endurance.

If you’re up to it, try to swim for at least 20 minutes three to four days a week. You’ll feel less tired and sleep better.

Outsmart food aversions

When food aversions strike, they’ll probably send you running from foods that contain important nutrients. Luckily, you can easily avenge your aversions by practicing the fine art of substitution.

If animal foods, including eggs, are making you ill, pick from the plethora of protein sources residing outside the animal kingdom, including soy, nuts and legumes, beans and certain grains (especially quinoa and couscous).

Or hide what you consider offensive by adding ground beef to your casserole or minced chicken to your pasta dish.

If you’ve got a milk aversion, get your calcium via a variety of other dairy products — from cheese to yogurt — or sneak that offensive white liquid into smoothies or soups.

And if green veggies are turning you green, fruit can fill your nutritional requirements — especially such beta-carotene blockbusters as cantaloupe, mango and apricots, many of which also pack a significant side of vitamin C.

Make a prenatal appointment

Time to make your first doctor’s appointment! Some OB/GYNs ask that you wait until you’re at least 6 to 8 weeks pregnant before a visit, but since early prenatal care is so important, it’s best to get something on the calendar as soon as you have a positive pregnancy test.

Make sure to research the kind of doc or midwife you really want first.

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