Signs & symptoms at 3 to 4 weeks pregnant

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The first 12 weeks of pregnancy is considered the first trimester. The baby at this point is still a ball of cells, which would be hard to recognise as a foetus. Some women have missed their pregnancy at this point and are suddenly noticing signs and symptoms of pregnancy. It is important to notice these early changes in your body to be able to schedule a prenatal visit, change your diet and end poor habits. Find out what the signs are for pregnancy for weeks 3 and 4.

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Missed Period

Missing your period is one of the top signs that you are pregnant. Menstrual cycles start from the first day of your bleeding to the first day of your next bleeding. Generally, women have cycles that run 28 days; however, stress and hormones can alter the date of the period. Every month the uterus grows a lining and waits for an egg. If there is no fertilised egg, than the uterus sheds this lining. The lining is the blood during the period. When there is a fertilised egg, you will either have a reduction in periods or stop bleeding all together. Some women experience implantation bleeding, which occurs when the egg has attached itself to the lining of the uterus. Spotting and cramping can be part of these condition.

Headaches

Headaches are another frequent occurrence during the early stages of pregnancy. The influx of hormones in the bloodstream can cause headaches or migraines. According to the American Association of Pregnancy, women who are frequent sufferers of migraines have found that pregnancy actually decreased their amount.

Nausea

Mayo Clinic states that morning sickness can occur two weeks after conception. Commonly referred to as morning sickness, a pregnant women can have nausea wither with vomiting or without. Rising levels of oestrogen is partially to blame for this symptom. When the body has more oestrogen, the stomach empties at a slower pace. Pregnancy also gives women a nose that can rival some drug sniffing canines. Women tend to be very sensitive to smoke, perfumes and food smells.

Fatigue

Fatigue often sets in at the fourth week. You may feel tired even after a good night's rest or not able to enjoy some of the physical activities that you used to love. Because your body is changing at lightening fast speeds, you can feel run down or even depressed. Insomnia is another problem for somepregnant women, which can contribute to the fatigue. Luckily, fatigue is generally at its worst during the first trimester and you will be able to have more energy in the second.

Food Cravings

Strange food combinations or intense hunger can be felt at the time of the fourth week of pregnancy. You may have to have one certain food one minute and change your mind to another completely different food the next. Sweet and salty foods tend to be at the top of most people's list.

Weight Gain

Some women might start noticing signs of weight gain during the third and fourth week. There is not set amount of weight that you should gain during pregnancy and much of it depends on how much you weighed before getting pregnant. The average person should expect to gain around 11.3-15.9kg. It is important to not go on a food free for all. Eat a well balanced diet that is free from too many processed and fried foods. Ask you doctor how much you should weigh and what the right diet would be for you.

Other Signs

Other pregnancy signs include constipation, dizziness and moodiness. Every person experiences different symptoms during pregnancy. It is important to schedule a visit with a doctor as soon as you find out. Track you progress week to week and get enough rest and nutrition for your baby.

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