Pregnancy stages

Week 3 of the baby in the mother's gut


Although we do not suspect it, since there has not even been the first absence of the period and you still do not know that your adventure of being a mother is about to begin, I would say that week 3 is great, since it is a wonderful event and most of the time long awaited: fertilization of the ovum. A three-week-old baby is already looking for a hole in his mother's belly!

When fertilization occurs, the most beautiful path begins until we become the happy parents that we have longed for so much, Although it can also be news that we did not expect and a mixture of feelings floods us that makes us think about what awaits us.

After intercourse, millions of sperm that come out with ejaculation, will reach the vagina and begin a race towards the fallopian tube, where the fittest will meet the ovum from the ovary (ovulation period), with the intention of penetrating it and achieve fertilization.

It will be a single sperm, in most cases, the one that penetrates the outer layer of the ovule and achieves the coveted prize: fertilize the ovule. This wonderful event happens in week 3 of pregnancy, when we do not even suspect what is happening inside our body.

Right now we can even be in a dance contest, or rather a dance marathon for two hours and be the winner, which is what happened to me in my first pregnancy. I was not aware of what was happening inside of me, not a nuisance, not a symptom, not a warning and even less an email of that beautiful and unexpected fertilization.

The following week I did not get my period and I was very surprised for being a very regular woman with her menstruation, so a few days later I took a blood hormone test (chorionic gonadotropin) and I read that POSITIVE that changes your life In seconds and immediately, you are flooded with a lot of thoughts, emotions, anguish, joys and expectations.

After the sperm enters the egg, the outer layer of the egg thickens to prevent other sperm from passing through. and, once the ovum is fertilized, the so-called 'cell division' begins within it, which will begin to form our future baby, and the placenta, which will feed it until it is born.

When the nuclei of the sperm and the egg unite, each one contributes 23 chromosomes, which is the genetic load of each one, leaving the complete load with 46 chromosomes. The egg will always contribute an X chromosome and the sperm can contribute an X or a Y, which means that the father will be responsible for sex of the future baby. (Female XX, Male XY).

Then, in just three days, the zygote is formed, which is a small ball, measuring approximately 0.1 mm in diameter and contains 16 cells, then it becomes the morula and, finally, the blastocyst, similar to a ball with 58 cells. After about five days, that ball begins to separate and the outer layers will form the placenta and the inner layers will form the embryo, that is, your beautiful baby!

And while you are calm, without imagining that the miracle of God already lives in you, that ball called blastocyst, begins the journey through the Fallopian tubes, until it reaches the uterus (7th day) where it will be implanted and there it will live during the following 37 weeks or more.

Once implanted in the uterus, the placenta begins to develop and she is the one that will provide oxygen and nutrients to our beloved son, and at the same time produces a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, which is known as the 'pregnancy hormone'. She sends messages to the ovaries to stop them producing any more eggs, and at the same time allows the secretion of two hormones important for pregnancy to increase: estrogen and progesterone.

These hormones will make the uterus develop its inner layer and keep our treasure in its trunk, very careful. And meanwhile the amniotic fluid develops within the inner layers of the blastocyst, which will later form the amniotic sac. This fluid will protect the baby inside the uterus for as long as you decide to stay there. Already for the following week the placenta will begin to nourish and oxygenate the baby by itself, meanwhile it will do so through micro veins in the wall of the uterus.

And to think that we do not feel anything of what is happening and could be described as the most wonderful event that happens inside a woman's body!

Despite the fact that this week there is still no clear sign that you have a tenant inside your body, since there has not yet been the first fault, you can begin to see some signs:

- At the time of implantation of the blastocyst in the uterus, minor bleeding may occur, that often confuses us, believing that it is the arrival of the period.

- There may be mood swings, feeling more susceptible and apprehensive, especially with the father of the child.

- Taste disturbances, where the food can taste different and we feel nauseous, as well as excessive salivation (sialorrhea).

- We feel more tired and sleepy. I say it with all propriety, I slept too much during my three pregnancies and the worst thing is when working on the street, I felt like the sleepwalker herself.

- Smell is also often altered, where many smells that we used to like are no longer so pleasant and that also contributes to nausea and vomiting.

If you are suspecting that you are pregnant and you take a home pregnancy test (urine), it is most likely that the test will come out negative, but do not trust that because it may be too soon. I suggest you repeat it 10 days after the first absence or you go to a clinical laboratory and perform a more reliable test, such as the determination of the hormone Chorionic Gonadotropin in the blood, and if that tenant is already inside your body, the test will come out positive.

Ideally, you should consult a gynecologist or obstetrician-gynecologist. The specialist will perform a clinical evaluation and pelvic ultrasound, but knowing that in a third week it would be very quick to make a pregnancy diagnosis by ultrasound, since the blastocyst is still imperceptible to this study.

Having the confirmation that in a few months you will be a brand new mother, I recommend the following:

- Avoid the consumption of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

- Reduce the consumption of coffee, soft drinks, tea and chocolate, because it contains caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system and can cause restlessness, nervousness and insomnia, in addition to altering the heart rate. I suggest that if you consume it, you do it in the early hours of the day.

- Eat well washed and cooked foods, such as eggs, red meat and white meat, to avoid contracting diseases from bacteria or parasites, which can affect not only your health, but also that of your little one.

- If you have pets, specifically cats, avoid contact with their feces, to avoid suffering from toxoplasmosis, which is a parasitic disease that can lead to spontaneous abortions or birth defects in the baby.

- I know that sometimes the discomforts of the beginning of a pregnancy can be strong, but that is not why you neglect your hygiene and personal grooming, it's good to stay tidy with good cleanliness and pretty, that will make us maintain good self-esteem, since many times the same hormonal changes make us feel depressed.

I remember that I liked to keep myself pretty, made up, well dressed, since I felt that my baby was too. And I had the feeling that they were proud of me and I thought they were saying 'what a beautiful mommy God gave me!'

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