3 weeks pregnant - what to expect?
It's time to celebrate a lot like the third week is coming to an end and it means getting pregnant! Being 3 weeks pregnant means that one of your partner's sperm and one of your eggs have combined and you are in the early stages of pregnancy. If two of your eggs were released by chance and both were fertilized, you have two identical twins in your womb. You won't know about it yet though; all this activity is happening inside one of your fallopian tubes at a very microscopic level. At 3 weeks pregnant, you still have a few weeks to feel the effects of pregnancy hormones on your body.
The process of fertilization of your egg and single sperm takes about 24 hours. Although the released spermatozoa are in the millions, only one sperm can reach the center of the egg. When one sperm is successful, the egg builds a protective wall around itself to prevent the entry of another sperm. Eventually, the other sperm stop doing so. If an egg is fertilized by a single sperm and splits into two, two identical twins are formed at this early stage itself.
The latest fertilized egg is now formally called a zygote (embryo) and begins cell multiplication, and continues until about the third day when what was previously 2 cells has grown to 12 cells. At this stage, the zygote is still inside the fallopian tube, although it is slowly moving into the uterus, where it will remain for approximately the next 37 weeks. Little finger-like projections of hair called cilia act as the lining of the fallopian tube and move the zygote along to prevent it from being placed where it shouldn't. It takes about 60 hours for the fertilized egg to reach the uterus, by this stage there are 60 cells, each with its own predetermined roles and specific functions. The extracellular cells will form the placenta; The inner cells will form the baby.
About a week after being fertilized in the fallopian tubes, the egg implants itself into the lining of the uterus. By this time, 100 cells have joined together and are called blastocysts. At this early time, the pregnancy hormone 'human chorionic gonadotrophin' is produced. This hormone can be found in your urine or blood during a pregnancy test.
Your body changes this week
- Some women are confident that they can tell when they have become pregnant. They feel a strange taste in their mouth, which makes it feel different or strange, or a sense that something has happened. Even by 3 weeks of pregnancy, it is not enough time to show signs of hormonal changes, but we cannot rule out things that many women claim to be true.
- Nature is ready to succeed. You don't have to be extra careful about physical activity or making changes to your normal routine. If one of your eggs is fertilized, it knows where to go and what to do.
Emotional changes in you this week
Maybe you feel a little irritable because you want the time to pass quickly so that you can tell whether you succeeded or not. Be strong If you are 3 weeks pregnant, this is an essential early stage of your baby's development. There can be no hurry in this.
This week's advice
- If you go to the dentist for a check-up, tell them you may be pregnant. It is suggested not to have X-rays in the early stages of pregnancy.
- Be aware of the dangers around you. There may also be risks from certain environmental factors such as pesticides and toxins that can have a negative effect on cell division early in pregnancy.
- Do not consume alcohol of any kind or take any medicines unless they have been specifically prescribed for you.
- Don't forget to take prenatal vitamins that contain a folic acid supplement. We can't take that much stress!