Third Week – You Made a Baby

Last week your meet with sperm and formed a zygote. It had made you pregnant but you still did not know. The reason behind is we mainly doubt about pregnancy when we missed our period. The newly formed embryo will soon start its transformation. It will grow to a baby from a single cell.

As the conception had already occurred it remains in the fallopian tube and starts dividing. First it divides into 2 cells, then 4, then 8 and then forms blastocyst. This blastocyst then moves towards the uterus. There it attaches to the uterus. This process is called implantation. At this time you can see slight bleeding known as spotting from the vagina. Then the lining of the uterus started to thickening for providing nutrients to the baby.

The gender of your little is already decided by this time. But how does it happen? Here we go.

The egg that is fertilised contains 46 chromosomes, 23 from the father and 23 from mother. You as a mother will always provide an X chromosome. However, father can provide any of X or Y chromosome. If the sperm carrying an X chromosome then the zygote form will have XX, that means a girl. On the other hand, if the sperm carrying a Y chromosome then the zygote will XY, which means it’s a boy. Thus the gender of the baby is depending upon the sperm that is carrying the chromosome.

So, from next time if anyone blames you for the gender of the baby then explain them that its natural and not your fault.

In addition your body will also have some changes during this time.

After the implantation of zygote in the uterus the placenta starts developing and it begins to make human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG). hCG stops the production of ovum and helps in secreting the more estrogen and progesterone. The hCG hormone will then help to give the positive result of the pregnancy test.

This is the time you started getting morning sickness. You will also have an increase in the smelling power. This is caused due to the increase in the estrogen levels. You will feel mild cramp in your tummy just as the menstrual cramps. You will feel nausea, breast tenderness and a missed period.

Things you must do at this time.

Increase the iron content in your diet by eating soy products, poultry and dry friuts. Combine your food with vitamin C rich foods such as kiwi, melon, mango, oranges, tomatoes and bell peppers. Stop colouring your hair as the changes in hormones can lead to the reaction in your hair. Eat at regular and drink plenty of water, this will help you in reducing the morning sickness. Remain far stress and don’t be too conscious about your embryo. It will settle itself and start growing by its own.

Last but not the least visit with the doctor so for the basic tests and to get a proper diet for you. At this time your doctor may suggests you to save your baby’s cord blood. Now that you know some facts about week 3 you can explain these to your friends or relatives who are trying to conceive or already conceived. Stay aware and get more updates about the coming weeks of pregnancy from our blog page. Also if you want to know about cord blood banking then visit our website or chat with us or you can call at our toll free number. We are always ready and happy to help you.

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