Pregnancy week 1 - 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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