Now that your blastocyst is formed and implantation has taken place, you will move on to the next stage of pregnancy. The fourth week of pregnancy is also known as the embryonic period or the beginning of the development of an embryo. This is the time when the organs will start its development wand will continue to do so till the 10th week of the pregnancy. By the end of 10th week with all your baby’s organs will be formed and a few of them will start functioning as well. Needless to say, this period is the most important period of your baby’s life and therefore extra care is required to protect the baby and its development.
The size of the baby or embryo is very small at this time. It’s nothing more than a poppy seed. But still it consists of two layers known as hypoblast and epiblast. These layers will later get developed in the parts of the body.
You have a primitive placenta at this time and not the actual one. This primitive placenta again consist of two layers. The cells between these two layers moves themselves and perform the function of helping the blood flow. The real placenta will develop out of this primitive one by the end of this week and therefore it will be able to perform the function of providing oxygen and other essential nutrients in the womb.
Changes you can expect
By the end of week 4, it gets clear that you have become pregnant or not. Once your home pregnancy test confirms that you have conceived, the first thing you need to do is to call your doctor and book a prenatal appointment. Although it depends upon your doctor, when they want to see you. Some of them believe if everything seems normal, it’s better to visit them after 8 weeks. But if you are experiencing some sort of medical problem, call experts immediately.
What to ask in prenatal appointments
Pregnancy is a big change, where anything you eat or do will affect the growth and development of the baby. This is why it is necessary to make a checklist about what all would you like to ask your doctor at your prenatal appointment. This way you can clear all your doubts without any problem.
- If you are taking any kind of medication, ask about it to your doctor before continuing to take them. There are certain drugs that affect the baby in the womb adversely.
- If you have not yet started with your prenatal vitamins, this is the right time to start. Your doctor will suggest something for folic acid, and other multi vitamins to take care of your baby. These supplements are important because there are various birth defects that can be avoided with the consumption of these.
- Talk about any medical situation that you have a history of, for example, diabetes, asthma, hepatitis B etc. beforehand with the doctor.
- If you have a problem of RH factor, then also your doctor needs to know about it.
Starting now, your body will experience a lot of changes for the coming weeks. In next 6 weeks you will have a fully developed baby in the womb. This is the exact time you need to act and take care of it. So take care and have a healthy baby as a reward.