Pregnancy week 4


How's my foetus doing?

By the end of week 4 of your pregnancy, your baby is about the size of a lentil, curled into an arc, about 4mm across.

  • Cartilage and bones are beginning to form.
  • The tongue begins to develop.
  • Your baby's eyes are well developed and eyelids appear.
  • All organs, nerves and muscles are beginning to function.
  • His hands are bent at the wrist and arms are growing longer.
  • Intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the baby's abdomen.
  • The baby's feet begin to lose their webbed look and the toes are clearly visible.

What's with my pregnant body?

It's weird suddenly being a pregnant person when yesterday you didn't know. It can take a while to adjust mentally, so it's not a bad idea to wait a day or two before telling the whole world.

You might feel perfectly normal, which makes it even more of a mind blast that there is actually a human being in there – albeit one that looks like a slug.

Not all women experience the same symptoms at the same time and some symptoms from medical conditions can be mistaken as signs of pregnancy.

Below is a list of possible signs of pregnancy:

If you didn't fall pregnant this month

Don't despair. It's not unusual to have to try for some months, especially if you've been on the pill. There are many reasons why a couple may face infertility, but you can be reassured that most infertility issues can be corrected or addressed successfully.

Fertility problems? No need for stress

Read more about fertility problems

If you're trying for your second baby, but nothing is happening yet, read our articles on secondary infertility:

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    Should you announce you're expecting?

    I'm pregnant! Now what?

    First trimester meal plan

    Vitamins for a healthy pregnancy

    First trimester exercises

    Pregnancy week 5

    Go back to the complete list of Pregnancy week-by-week updates.

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