Thursday, 24 September 2015

Pregnancy Week 3

The fetal age of your baby will be calculated from this week of the pregnancy, if you conceive. Each human cell is made of 46 chromosomes, except sperms and eggs, which contain only 23 chromosomes. When your egg gets fertilized by a sperm, a cell comprising of 46 chromosomes will be produced. This single cell can possibly become a baby. The cell divides itself, which will then be called as a zygote. This zygote will then travel to your womb by way of the Fallopian tube, which will usually take 3 to 4 days, with the cells continuing to multiply constantly. Once the zygote reaches the womb, it will stay there for a couple of days before the occurrence of implantation. 

During this process, progesterone hormone will be produced by the egg’s shell, along with some oestrogen. The former hormone prepares your womb’s lining for implanting the fertilized egg. Additionally, it also provokes the endometrium to discharge a substance that helps in the nourishment of the fertilized egg. 

Your Body
The progesterone hormone is responsible for your pregnancy naps and frequent bathroom treks. When the level of this hormone rises in your body, you might experience abdominal cramps, bloating, swelling in the breasts, constipation, headaches, cyclic acne, increased emotional sensitivity, tension, and irritability. Do not panic! All of this happens to every woman who gets pregnant.

Your Baby
The zygote, which is now your developing baby, will now contain 46 chromosomes, of which 23 will be from you and the rest from your partner. These chromosomes will be helpful in determining the sex of your baby, its traits such as hair and eye color, etc. 

During this time, you should probably start looking through your toiletries and makeup to see if they are made of things that can harm the baby growing inside you. Some of these include retin-A, petroleum, retinol, salicylic acid, vitamin A, and oxybenzone. These chemicals might get absorbed by your skin and can be passed over to the baby in your womb. Instead of using products made with these chemicals, you can choose to use products that are made of completely natural ingredients and very few chemicals. However, for some of you, even products made of natural ingredients might not be safe. Therefore, it is better to consult your physician before making any decision.

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