The third week of pregnancy is the week of fertilization and implantation. If a couple has already been planning pregnancy, this is the time when the baby will actually start its life. At this stage, it is possible that you may not know that you have already conceived, but your baby has already started developing really fast. After 30 hours of fertilization, the zygote starts dividing. It continuously divides and moves upwards toward the uterus. When it reaches the uterus it is named morula.
This morula then converts into a blastocyst after becoming hollow and filling with fluid. At the end of the 3rd week, blastocyst finally attaches to the uterus. You may be unaware of what is happening inside you, but the sex, eye and hair color of your child has already been decided by now. So, you are finally pregnant and after 9 months you will be celebrating the birth of your child. Few women start experiencing the early symptoms of pregnancy like cramps, vomiting, tenderness of breasts, bloating or mood swings. It is important to note, that, the same symptoms do not take place in every woman’s body. As the embryo is fast developing, it is important for the to take good care of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Start taking Folic acid
Folic acid is very essential for the proper development of your baby’s brain and neural tube. Folic acid supplements should be started right from the time you have decided to have a child because it is very important for the developing embryo. Although your daily food contains enough Folic acid, it will be wise to take extra supplements.
2. Start taking iron and calcium supplements
Iron is very essential for the formation of red blood cells in you and your baby. Your daily food cannot provide you the total amount of iron required, so you need to take extra supplements. Calcium tablets are important for the development of bones and teeth and should be taken regularly.
3. Proper nutritious diet
A balanced nutritious diet is very essential for the overall development of your baby and also for you to support two lives together. Your diet should have vegetables, fruits, grains, milk and all the healthy food known to provide strength and nutrition to the body.
4. Stay away from stress
Stress is not at all good for the developing embryo. Do not take unnecessary tensions. Instead, stay relaxed and enjoy doing something good. Pamper and look after yourself.
5. Stay away from coloring and bleaching products
The chemicals in the hair color and bleach are known to have adverse effect on the development of the baby. You can try highlights for your hair, but coloring the full hair is a strict no. If you really wish to color your hair and bleach your skin, go natural and use henna and lemon.
6. Invest in a pregnancy kit
Soon you will be knowing that you have missed your periods and you will be excited to know the reason. Pregnancy kit will give you the good news. This kit measures the level of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in the body. This hormone is only produced when a woman is pregnant.
7. Stop drinking and smoking
These activities are really dangerous. They often cause birth defects in babies. It is better to stop drinking and smoking, as it may also lead to early miscarriage. Passive smoking is also equally dangerous.
8. Maintain an ideal weight
Although pregnancy is related to weight gain, too much of gain in weight is harmful. Overweight women often have difficulties during child birth. If your weight increases uncontrollably, you might not be able to achieve your pre-pregnancy body again. Healthy and sensible eating can help you to maintain your weight.
9. Do not over exercise
Light yoga or walking is recommended for a healthy pregnancy, but heavy exercises are not advised. It may harm the embryo and cause unnecessary problems. It is better not to strain your body too much.
10. Avoid self-medication
Any medicine can have a bad effect on your child. It is better to take medicines only if it has been recommended by a doctor. Even simple medicines that you used to take earlier should be taken only under medical supervision.
By following these simple tips, you can take care of yourself and your baby. It is better to start making changes in your lifestyle as early as possible. Only a healthy mother can give birth to a healthy child. Go for regular check ups and inform the doctor immediately if you notice any abnormal changes in your body.