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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 3

 
 
How big is your baby?
At the beginning of this week conception will be taking place and by the end of this week your 'baby' will be made up of only a cluster of cells.
 
Once conception has taken place it takes around 5 days for the embryo to enter your uterus.
 
By the end of the week your embryo is only 0.006 inches (0.150mm) long. This is about as big as this full stop.
 
 
Your baby's development
Although your baby is still so small, there is a great deal which is happening. Your baby's sex has already been determined, as this takes place at fertilization. This developing ball of cells is called a Zygote and it will pass through the uterine tube on it's way to the uterus.

As this is taking place the cells are dividing and growing continuously to form a blastomere, and they in turn will divide to form a solid ball of cells which is called the morula. This in turn will form a blastocyst, which will enter your uterus.
 
It will lie free in the uterus until it attaches itself to the uterus wall. This is known as implantation, and it is not uncommon the experience some light spotting and bleeding as the blastocyst implants itself into the uterine lining.
 
Once implantation occurs development will start to take place at a very fast pace. In fact the amniotic sac, amniotic cavity, placenta and the yolk sac are already forming.
 
 
 
 
 
Your body
Adequate intake of certain nutrients, such as folic acid, protein, calcium, and iron, is essential for nourishing your baby. A folic acid supplement — which, ideally, you've been taking since before you conceived — is particularly important because folic acid helps prevent defects of the neural tube (the structure that gives rise to the brain and spinal cord), which forms very early in pregnancy.
 
Your intake of protein, which is used to create new tissue, should increase during pregnancy. In addition, calcium is necessary for the development of bones and teeth, so make sure you're getting a good dose of dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and legumes.
 
Iron is essential during pregnancy as you support the continual increase of your baby's blood volume. Good sources of iron include red meat, legumes, eggs, and leafy green vegetables.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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