It’s official! At 4 weeks pregnant, the air of uncertainty has cleared. The doubting Thomas spirit in you has been vanquished. You can now dare to dream, dare to imagine your bundle of joy in 9 months and most importantly, prep yourself for a new born. The first 3 weeks of pregnancy were more or less a time of second guessing. You felt a certain way, had your doubts, but simply couldn’t wrap your finger around the fact that you are actually pregnant.
At week 4, your baby is now the size of a poppy seed, a pregnancy test returns 100% accurate results, and an ultrasound can reveal a thicker uterine wall indicating beyond any reasonable doubt that you are pregnant. You can now pop the champagne bottle and celebrate, you can inform all and sundry that you are pregnant and above all, it is time you scheduled your first doctor visit!
Your Body at 4 Weeks Pregnant
In your 4th week of pregnancy, you may have noticed a number of pregnancy symptoms which prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you are indeed pregnant. Your body is undergoing changes and you may notice a bit of spotting (occurs when the fertilized egg implants itself on the uterine wall), mild cramps, fatigue, and nausea just to mention but a few.
Consequently, there is the production of a pregnancy hormone known as Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This particular pregnancy hormone is instrumental in telling your ovaries to cease the release of an egg monthly effectively putting a stop to your monthly periods. Increased production of progesterone and estrogen is also attributed to HCG. The presence of HCG hormone in your body is what brings about a positive pregnancy test.
What Pregnancy Symptoms Are Prevalent In Week 4 Of Pregnancy?
You are curious, right? The funny thing about pregnancy symptoms is that they differ from one woman to the other. What this means is that while some women experience certain symptoms, others don’t experience them at all. For instance, some women suffer from morning sickness while others can swear that they never experience morning sickness. Interesting, right? That said, what pregnancy symptoms are common at 4 weeks pregnant?
- Increased vaginal discharge: At 4 weeks pregnant, you may notice a light-colored discharge that is sticky, white, or clear. This discharge is odorless and therefore, in case you notice a bad smell or your vagina is itchy, it’s highly recommended that you consult your doctor as quickly as possible.
- Morning sickness: Again, not everyone experiences morning sickness (the need to vomit at any given time of the day). At 4 weeks pregnant, you may or may not experience morning sickness.
- Fatigue: Do you feel exhausted most of the time or feel like you are losing your breathe when handling simple tasks? Worry not. Your body is at this point in time of the pregnancy working overtime to support your bundle of joy. While this is a common pregnancy symptom at week 4, exhaustion could also be an indication of iron deficiency. It is therefore highly recommended that you talk to your doctor on the possibility of iron intake.
- Moodiness: Experiencing extreme emotions that you can’t explain? Well, this mood swings are triggered by high levels of hormones in your body. One moment you are this happy woman and the other moment you are angry for no apparent reason.
- Tender breasts: Are your breasts a little more sensitive than usual? This need not be cause for alarm. Your breasts are prepping for the most important job of nourishing your bundle of joy when it finally arrives. In essence, the fat layers of your breasts thicken, milk glands increase in number, and this inadvertently make your breasts increase in size and become tender.
Other Common Pregnancy Symptoms At Week 4 Include:
- Food cravings
- Bloated stomach
- Frequent urination
- Increased sense of smell
- Mild cramping
- Spotting/vaginal bleeding
Is There Anything You Can Do To Remedy Pregnancy Symptoms At Week 4?
- Not all women experience nausea at week 4 of pregnancy. If you are the kind that experiences it, endeavor to eat frequently in small portions or avoid altogether foods that trigger it.
- If you are dealing with sore or tender breasts, you might consider wearing a comfortable and supportive bra during the day. If you like, you could also wear the bra in bed at night.
- Sluggish, restless, and exhausted most of the time? Well, adequate rest is all you need. Try to take a well-deserved nap in the afternoons or better still, engage in light exercises that can help in boosting your energy levels.
- Are your frequent visits to the bathroom becoming an inconvenience? It might be time to cut down on your liquid intake or simply take liquids in moderation. However, don’t cut down too much. The reason being this is the time you need to be hydrated than at any other time.
Taking Care of Yourself at 4 Weeks Pregnant
Interestingly, some women feel that at week 4, it’s too early to start taking care of themselves. This is wrong. Once your pregnancy test is positive, it’s time to think about your baby’s welfare.
Are you a junk freak? Do you like eating food that are slightly cooked? It is time you dropped that habit. This is the time to develop healthy eating habits. Start taking prenatal vitamins, eat whole meals, and above all, stick to what your doctor recommends.
Are you a party animal? Does your typical weekend entail smoking shisha and downing different alcohol brands? Now is the time to put a stop to that. You don’t want to put the health of your baby in danger through smoking and taking copious amounts of alcohol. Quit alcohol and smoking for the sake of your unborn baby. You don’t want to give birth to a baby with certain defects and conditions as a result of your bad habits.
Swamped with pregnancy symptoms and feeling down all the time? Consider engaging in exercises. Exercises have been found to be quite instrumental in easing pregnancy symptoms. However, the exercises should be done in moderation. If you feel the need to engage in vigorous exercises, make sure to run it by your doctor just to be on the safe side.
In conclusion, your pregnancy journey has begun earnestly. The safety of your pregnancy is in your own hands. It’s just the first month. You still have a long way to go. Read materials you stumble upon about the first trimester of pregnancy, talk to your doctor on things to do and avoid, take the necessary supplements, eat healthy, exercise and do everything possible for a safe pregnancy. Week 5 will soon be with you and you can rest assured that the journey to week 40 will be an eventful one!