Pregnancy Week 3
It is no surprise that there are no fireworks during the first two weeks of pregnancy, but you can expect something more to happen during pregnancy week 3.
What is happening during the 3rd week of pregnancy?
By this time the egg has been released from the ovary and it travels through the fallopian tube, where it can be fertilized if it meets a sperm. Once it is fertilized, it becomes a zygote, starts dividing and travel through the uterus, getting implanted in the lining. This is the moment when you can officially say that you are in your pregnancy week 3.
How does the baby look like during this week?
As it has been mentioned, the zygote starts dividing into hundreds of new cells, at this moment it is known as a blastocyst. Because of the hormones that it releases, your menstruation will stop. This blastocyst will get implanted into your uterus.
The lining of the uterus, which is also known as the endometrium will offer the baby all the nutrients that he or she needs for development. Over the time, the place of implantation will become the placenta that will help the baby develop and it will also protect him or her.
What are the changes in the body during pregnancy week 3?
In some cases it is possible that you will experience pregnancy symptoms even before you get a pregnancy test that shows a positive result. There are some symptoms that women usually experience during the 3rd pregnancy week, such as breast tenderness, frequent urination, breast growth, fatigue, mood swings, and you might also experience a bit of pain in the lower abdomen.
During this week there could be some spotting caused of the fact that the blastocyst gets implanted in the uterus. It is true that not all women experience such spotting; you shouldn’t get alarmed if you do.
What happens if you are having twins?
In case there are two eggs released or an egg from each ovary, and they are fertilized by two different sperms, you are going to have twins, known as fraternal twins. The babies can have the same sex or different sex and they will be as similar as just any other siblings.
On the other hand, during pregnancy week 3 if there is only one egg that divides into two, you are going to have identical twins. The same thing happens if the egg divides into more than two, so you could have triplets.