40 Wonderful Weeks: 3 Weeks Pregnant
If you have an instinct that you might be pregnant, you might be right, but this is way after 2 weeks. As exciting as being pregnant can be, the period before you give birth comes with many changes both to your body and the baby as well. Some changes might not be a big issue, but some can make you feel very uncomfortable changing how you do things daily.
Even with the excitement, you might be thinking of how you can handle this news and thousands of questions running through your head on how to make it work. If this is you, then you have come to the right place. The following is a comprehensive outlook on what you can expect after being 3 weeks pregnant.
Changes to your body and baby
There are thousands of biological processes when you are 3 weeks pregnant. Technically in the first 2 weeks after fertilization, you are not quite pregnant yet. These processes are too microscopic to even notice until the 4th or 5th week. It is the period referred to as the first two weeks, as it is already a whole month before you start to notice any changes that may indicate a baby may be on the way. This is technically the first trimester, and you can start thinking of some of the crucial changes that will take place within the rest of the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
During this time, it is essential to understand the nitty-gritty details of what is happening to your body, and the development of your baby. This knowledge is vital to empower you to make decisions as soon as you can. Having the facts about the processes happening to your body also debunks the misconceptions that always seem to be around us from other ignorant people. Each pregnancy has its own unique sets of complications, and you don't have to feel the exact way as other people. Even if it is your second or third pregnancy, you can be sure there will be a difference in each one of them.
The start of the 1st trimester
Possibility of Twins
To know whether you are pregnant or not, there are several early signs you can look for. Although some symptoms are similar to other health issues, it is better to get your head up even before you have a pregnancy test. There are different types of pregnancy symptoms. They can be both physical and psychological making Some of the vicious symptoms you may see during your first trimester include:
Emotional Mood Swings
Don't worry if you can't take it anymore with the symptoms during the first trimester. Some of them pass by the time you get to the second trimester, so you have to deal with other changes until the end of the 40 weeks. You can always take your time and know-how to deal with some of these changes, such as some foods to avoid and stop using perfumes or any other susceptible item.
Pregnancy care is essential for your body and the baby you are carrying. Due to the changes that are happening, having a healthy lifestyle can be very beneficial during the 40 weeks of your pregnancy. It increases the chance of having a healthy and safe delivery, whether natural or using other methods. It also reduced risks during pregnancies and even during delivery.
Also known as prenatal care, you can consider some essential factors as soon as you find out you are even 3 weeks pregnant.
You can't always rely on getting all the necessary nutrition from the regular food you are used to eating daily. Remember, you are carrying another life inside you; they need some of the nutrients you are getting from your food. Using prenatal vitamins is a great way to boost your nutrient intake and add to the extra that you get from food.
It is recommended you consult your medical practitioner to advise you on the prenatal vitamin dosage you need to take during the entire period. Getting professional recommendations on your dietary supplements also helps reduce risks from the consumption of drugs you might be allergic to. Avoid random over-the-counter prescriptions and stay with one dosage all through.
You can also try a maternal milk supplement with essential minerals and vitamins that include folic acid, which is proven to be great for pregnancy.
Having is balanced diet cannot be stressed enough. You have to include all the essential ingredients in all your meals. Include the carbohydrates to keep your energy up, proteins, and don't skip on vitamins. The more you have, the better. You can also increase your meals' size and try to consume more than you did before being pregnant. Look for foods such as peas, lentils, dried beans, and whole-grain bread that contain natural folic acid.
There are hundreds of prenatal exercises you can start right after discovering you are pregnant. There are safe exercises and exercises that you should avoid when pregnant. It is best to consult with your pregnancy specialist to know how you can keep fit and keep your baby healthy during the development stage. The exercises will continue after giving birth, so keep the thought so that you don't miss out on the benefits that come with it.
Other tips include:
The focus for this week
If you already know that you might be 3 weeks pregnant after some changes taking place in the first two weeks, you should take your time and plan to take a test. You might be excited or not, but you must know for sure so that you plan for what's to come.
- If you prefer finding out in private, it is best to take a pregnancy test kit and test it right from your house. This is common nowadays since it is affordable.
- Alternately, you can still go to your preferred clinic and get a pregnancy test and get a confirmation on the results.
- Remember not to test too early since you may not get the results you might be looking for.
- You could try testing again after a couple more weeks if the results were not comprehensive.
- Set a self-care plan and routine and stick to it for the longest time possible until your delivery week.