Week 4 of My Pregnancy – I’m pregnant!
I was only a week late for my period, but I had known straight away that something was not quite right with my body. I didn’t experience any normal PMS symptoms (except for the mood swings), and I wasn’t bloated like I normally am in the run up to my period. So many thoughts were flying around my head. Was I stressed? Were my husband and I careful?
I confided in hubby, who insisted we wait a few more days before I bought a pregnancy test kit, as we’d gone through multiple scares before, and it always ended up with me receiving a late welcome from Aunt Flo and Cousin Red. However, this time, something inside told me not to wait any longer because I felt different. That night, I sucked in my stomach as I stared at myself in the mirror, and reassured my reflection that there was no way I was pregnant. I couldn’t sleep that night…
The next day I bought two pregnancy test kits.
I had never been so shocked in my entire life when I looked at the results of the first pregnancy test and it was positive! I almost fell over the toilet when I tested myself the second time and the Clearblue Pregnancy Test told me I was 2-3 weeks pregnant (or 4-5 weeks based on my period cycle).
My husband and I looked at each other, stunned. When it had finally sunk in, after a moment or two, we both started smiling. After all this freaking out, our reactions were of joy! I never, ever thought that I would experience that kind of emotion but I did. The news, however, had forced me to mull over my life in general. We were renting a flat in London and I had always envisioned a house with a garden, enough money in the bank, a great job that paid well, and the ability to set up a Child Trust Fund for my children. But, I just felt like we hadn’t really accomplished any of those things yet. Could we raise a child now? Would we be able to afford the childcare costs? What about when I stopped working? My husband and I depended on my income too, so if I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum (or at least until the child started school) how would we get by? I had recently secured a training contract, which was to start in September, but my future employers couldn’t justify paying me maternity leave when I would leave after three months to have the baby, so I had to, reluctantly, let the contract go.
I had started temping at an international legal consultancy firm and was earning my keep that way. I really wanted this job to last until December, otherwise I would have to go on the job hunt again and I wasn’t a particularly desirable candidate, so finding a job would prove even more difficult than normal. Why did I quit my PERMANENT full-time job in February…?
As I had found out so early on that I was pregnant, waiting a further 2 months for medical confirmation from the doctor was going to be very difficult. I was already growing impatient, so I downloaded the iPregnancy app for the iPhone, which had predicted that I was due on 10 December. I flicked through all the pregnancy weeks and got as far as week 20 before I had to put the iPhone down.
We phoned our families to tell them the news. We could hear everyone jumping for joy, especially my mum, who yelped in glee that she was going to become a grandmother. But, it hadn’t sunk in for me yet. And, in the back of my mind, I was worried that telling our families was putting a hex on the pregnancy a little bit. It’s only 4 weeks, anything can happen from now, right? Should I start to think about the possibility of miscarriage?
A little word of advice – take each week one step at a time. If your pregnancy was unplanned, like mine, you’ll either freak out at the way your body will change or you’ll become increasingly excited at what’s in store for you from now on. I just freaked out…
A fun fact – Your baby is a ball of cells (an embryo) about the size of an apple pip!
The science part
(Image taken from http://www.babycentre.co.uk/4-weeks-pregnant)
- The embryo is now the size of a poppy seed.
- The embryo is starting to develop and grow within the lining of your womb.
- The outer cells link up to your blood supply
- The inner cells divide into two, and then later, three layers
|Inner Layer (Endoderm)||Breathing and digestive systems (lung, stomach, gut, and bladder)|
|Middle Layer (Mesoderm)||Heart, blood vessels, muscles, and bones|
|Outer Layer (Ectoderm)||Brain and nervous system, the eye lenses, tooth enamel, skin, and nails.|
- The embryo receives nourishment from a tiny yolk sac, which, in a few weeks later, will form into the placenta.
- Your baby will be less than 3cm long.
- If you haven’t done so already, taking a home pregnancy test will confirm that you are pregnant.
- Your pregnancy is calculated from the date of your last period.
- Check our due date calculator on our homepage to work out when your baby is due.
- Your body will change, but you may not notice any symptoms yet.
- You may experience tender breasts and slight bleeding.
- You will need to book an appointment with your GP if you haven’t done so already, so that doctors can perform a brief check-up, including taking a urine sample to check for any urinary tract infections.
- Your doctor should explain about antenatal care, lifestyle and nutritional advice.
- You should start taking folic acid daily to protect the baby from spinal cord defects like Spina Bifida. You can take supplements like Vitabiotics Pregnacare which contain the right amount of folic acid for you to take every day.
Note: These are just general ideas of how you and your baby are getting on. Don’t forget that every baby develops differently. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, please consult your midwife.
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