Pregnancy week 4
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How's the foetus during the first weeks?

Still as small as a seed

By the end of week 4 of your pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a lentil, curled into an arc and measures about 4mm across.

  • Cartilage and bones are beginning to form.
  • The tongue begins to develop.
  • Your baby's eyes are well-developed and eyelids appear.
  • All organs, nerves and muscles are beginning to function.
  • His hands are bent at the wrist and arms are growing longer.
  • Intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the baby's abdomen.
  • The baby's feet begin to lose their webbed look and the toes are clearly visible.

What's with my pregnant body: From missed period to morning sickness

It's weird suddenly being a pregnant person when yesterday you didn't know.

It can take a while to adjust mentally, so it's not a bad idea to wait a day or two before telling the whole world.

You might feel perfectly normal, which makes it even more of a mind blast that there is actually a human being in there - albeit one that looks like a slug.

Not all women experience the same symptoms at the same time and some symptoms from medical conditions can be mistaken as signs of pregnancy.

Below is a list of possible signs of pregnancy:

Missed a period?

Found small bloody spots in your undies? (This is caused by implantation.

Not all women experience this, and might not notice if they do)

Swollen or tender breasts

Been feeling fatigued? (Also known as falling into the dark pit of exhaustion...)

Bad headaches?

Been feeling nauseous? This is known as morning sickness but morning - pah! - it can strike any time of day and continue for the entire day

Been needing to urinate a lot?

Noticed darkening of your nipples and areas around them?

A positive home pregnancy test? Have it double-checked with a blood test at the clinic or doctor.

Also read: Should you announce you're expecting

Also read: I'm pregnant! Now what?

Also read: First trimester meal plan

Also read: Vitamins for a healthy pregnancy

Also read: First trimester exercises

Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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