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Catherine K

Your fourth week of pregnancy

If you’ve missed your period, did a pregnancy test and the result comes out positive, this marks a very crucial time for your pregnancy. During this time, your body will start producing some pregnancy symptoms.

Being 4 weeks pregnant means you are in the first trimester and about to complete 1 month of pregnancy. You probably won’t even look pregnant yet. Most first-time mums do not start showing until at least week 12. However, if this isn’t your first baby, you may start showing sooner as the muscles in your womb and belly may have been stretched from your previous pregnancy.

Here are some of the 4 weeks of pregnancy symptoms you may experience:

  • Missed period
  • Bloating, and feeling of being bloated
  • Mild cramping (like period pains) and spotting, if implantation of the embryo takes place in the 4th week (see your doctor if you get bleeding during pregnancy)
  • Feeling unusually tired or exhausted
  • Tenderness of breasts / sore breasts
  • Heightened sense of smell

During the first trimester, some pregnant women might not feel any pregnancy symptoms. But in the coming weeks, they are likely to experience these.

  • Morning sickness and nausea
  • New likes and dislikes (food aversions)
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation
  • Emotional changes such as anxiety and mood swings

Over the next 8 to 9 months, your body is going to be working hard. It’s important to prioritise time for yourself as you face all the pregnancy symptoms.

Signs Of Good News!

Just like the signs of pregnancy, you may want to use a monthly calendar to track your pregnancy. Many pregnancy tests are able to detect the conception before your next expected period date, but some women who are not expecting to be pregnant may not think of using the pregnancy test until when they are 5 or 6 weeks of expecting.

A typical pregnancy normally lasts from 37 to 42 weeks, counting from the first day of your last period. When you are pregnant, your body will go through several important changes. You can expect these changes during the different stages of pregnancy.

For most mothers, the first trimester is the crucial time for you to discover that you’re expecting. You may be prescribed pre-natal vitamins and folic acid during this time as well.

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