Your Pregnancy Week 3

By week 3, conception occurs as the egg has been fertilized and is on its way to becoming your sweet angel!

What is happening at Week 3?

Once fertilized, the egg, now ‘zygote’ starts the process of cell multiplication from one to two, to four and likewise. When it is a cluster of around hundred cells, the cells would start forming the embryo and the placenta that would further lead to the development of your baby. The cells are still on their way to the uterus as whole of this process occurs inside the fallopian tubes. This week on, the egg would start travelling towards your uterus and it should take it around 6 days to do so.

At the same time, there is a lot of hormonal activity occurring inside as the fallopian tube that held the egg starts producing progesterone, a hormone necessary to help the egg survive until the placenta is formed. On the other hand, as the egg plants itself on your uterine wall, the placenta that has just formed, starts manufacturing human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone. This hormone commands the ovaries to stop the production of eggs and to produce more pregnancy hormones instead. These hormones prevent the protective lining in the uterus from shedding in order to help the egg sustain inside the uterus.

Symptoms at Week 3:

  • The basal body temperature is known to rise slightly when one ovulates. However, it can be a bit tricky to notice unless you have been monitoring your body temperature regularly.

  • You would notice your cervical mucous getting thin and transparent This is a sign of the sperm travelling inside your body to meet the egg.

  • Quite a few women experience a slight twitching pain on one side of their lower abdomen. This pain is caused when the egg is released from the ovaries.

A Tip for this Week:

If you are spotting any signs of being pregnant, even if you are not sure it has actually happened, start taking a diet rich in proteins, vitamin C and calcium as that would assist your baby’s fast developing body cells.