A Complete Information Guide on Pregnancy Week 3
Congratulations! You have made a baby. Finally, the moment has arrived, you have been waiting for…!!
As in the previous week, ovulation occurred. (Ovulation is a time when a mature egg/ovum is released from an ovary, pushed down via the Fallopian tube and is available to be fertilized by meeting a sperm). Now your partner’s sperm will meet your ovum and fertilization will occur. If this is successful then you are Pregnant! So, from this week onwards, your baby will start to form. You have conceived.
The surprising fact is out of millions of sperm only one sperm can meet an egg/ovum. The meeting of sperm and ovum is necessary to fertilize further.
Note: Once the sperm is able to fertilize an egg, Pregnancy starts.
Fetal Development in Pregnancy Week 3:
It takes nearly about 10 to 30 hours to get an egg fertilized by merging with the sperm’s nucleus and getting transformed into a genetic material. Once an egg gets fertilized, it is to be known as a ‘zygote’. (For a healthy zygote your ovum should be of an adequate size i.e. 16mm-20mm. This further lead to a healthy pregnancy and the chances of abortion is decreased.)
Within the hours of fertilization, a zygote moves from the Fallopian tube to the uterus. This zygote is now divided into 16 identical cells. These cells are somewhere yellowish in colour and are known as Corpus Luteum. These cells will produce the required pregnancy hormones which are progesterone and estrogen to support your pregnancy for more than ten weeks, till the placenta is completely formed.
In Pregnancy Week 3:
- Size of baby- 0.01 inches (0.25 mm)
- Weight of baby- Still too small to weigh
- Baby is like a Pinhead and to be termed a Blastocyst.
The movement from the Fallopian tube to the uterus can take six days, hence implantation starts in the 4th week. From here, the middle of the cell will become an embryo and amniotic sac. The outer part of the cell mass will turn into the placenta.
Note: Please remember, the baby is a boy or girl, the whole thing depends upon the sperm of a male partner. If the sperm carries a ‘Y’ chromosome, then you will deliver a baby boy, but if the sperm carries an ‘X’ chromosome then you will give birth to a baby girl.
Dig in to know more about pregnancy week 3 symptoms.
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Moods & Symptoms in Pregnancy Week 3:
When you are 3 weeks pregnant, you may not see or observe any specific symptoms because, in the early stage of pregnancy, the level of progesterone and estrogen is not that enough to give you visible changes. However, you may check for the following pregnancy symptoms at 3 weeks:
- Change in the sense of smell – This is due to an increased level of estrogen. Therefore, a minute level of smell will appear to be huge to your senses. This can be an early sign which indicates that your body is getting ready to carry a baby. This symptom will continue for a few weeks followed by morning sickness.
- Change in taste – This may be due to the changing hormones in your body. This may continue till 24 weeks of pregnancy and hence sipping lemonade will help you to handle this change. One common week three pregnancy symptoms every new mom faces!
Do’s and Don’ts in Pregnancy Week 3:
Once you have started noticing any visible symptoms or signs, start following some do’s and don’ts (important tips for Pregnancy week 3) so that you can cross the implantation phase successfully.
|Start taking some extra Protein rich diet which helps the embryo to grow. Stay Happy To-be Mom!||Do not take stress or exertion.|
|Start enough Calcium intake also. You can consume yoghurt or any prescribed calcium supplement too (Natural preparations are preferred in 1-3 months of pregnancy).||Do not follow any unhealthy eating habits like drinking, smoking and excessive intake of caffeine.|
|Continue Prenatal vitamin with Folic acid (400 mcg) every day.||*Do not take over-the-counter (OTC) medicines except Paracetamol. (Over-dosage of Paracetamol is also not recommended.)|
|Follow a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet.|
|Stay hydrated. Your water intake must be at least 3 litres a day.|
Note: *Do not take over-the-counter (OTC) medicines except Paracetamol. In case of emergency, consult your doctor before consuming any medicine. Some medications in pregnancy are safe and some are not. Please never hesitate to take advise from your doctor.
|Confused about what to eat when you are pregnant? A healthful diet for pregnancy is one that contains most or all the essential nutrients your body needs. Read “Diet During Pregnancy” to get the best foods for pregnancy and know how these foods will benefit you and your baby.|
Remember, if you become successful in conceiving during this period, then it will take two weeks more to show you the positive pregnancy test result.
Note: Remember Pregnancy is measured starting with the first day of your last menstrual period.
Take very good care of yourself! You are blessed and pregnancy will be the most beautiful experience of your life. Live it wonderfully…!!
For your reference- Pregnancy Week 3:
FAQs on Week 3 Pregnancy
1. What does discharge look like at 3 weeks pregnant?
If you were to check pregnancy symptoms week by week, then the vaginal discharge at three weeks will be clear, thin and milky white. The discharge may or may not smell. Having said that, it is important to note that the amount of discharge might increase due to pregnancy.
2. What to expect at 3 weeks pregnant?
The pregnancy 3 weeks symptoms will not be very pronounced because technically you aren’t pregnant yet. This is because pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last menstrual cycle. Having said that, some women at this stage might experience implantation bleeding, nausea, fatigue, breast changes etc. But it is a consequence to note that not every woman will experience these symptoms as each woman has a different body mechanism to adjust to pregnancy.
3. Can pregnancy be confirmed at 3 weeks?
Three weeks is still a very early time to check for pregnancy symptoms. By this time your body might have started producing enough hCG hormone to be detected in a test. However, if you have been trying to conceive for a while, you might be able to look for slight symptoms that will suggest pregnancy. It is important to note that each woman’s body is different and not everyone will be able to experience 3 week pregnancy symptoms. But you won’t have to worry much as you will probably be able to check yourself for pregnancy through a home test or blood test by next week.
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