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Week 3 of pregnancy | First Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)

In Week 3 of your pregnancy things finally start changing – even though you can’t see these changes on the outside!

Now that you have conceived you may not feel any changes physically, but there’s a lot happening inside you. You may notice a slight swelling on one side of your belly, or even a slight bit of spotting known as implantation bleeding – caused by the fertilised egg burrowing into the uterine lining. Not every woman will experience implantation bleeding, but rest assured that this is completely natural. Your body will also release an immunosuppressant protein called Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF), which will prevent your body from mistaking Baby as an invader.

Your baby is a whole 500 cells big at the moment. The fertilised egg has spent approximately seven days travelling down the fallopian tube and to the uterus. Cell division began immediately and continues throughout the journey. Once it has implanted into the uterine lining, your baby is called a blastocyst and meausres 0.1 – 0.2mm in diameter.

At the moment you may very well be completely unaware of what is happening. If you and your partner have been planning the conception of your baby, there is always the possibility of you hovering over her with a home pregnancy test. A pregnancy test will only be effective from the first day of her missed period, so the best thing for you to do right now is to continue on the path of healthy living.


That’s it for Week 3 of your pregnancy. Next week you’ll get confirmation of what you may already suspect via a home pregnancy test… Good luck!

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

Avoid raw fish, fish high in mercury and soft cheeses.

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

Being a mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children do. Unknown

Good Reads | be informed

From One Single Mother to Another by Sandra P. Aldrich. From One Single Mother to Another is the perfect read for any mom raising her children alone - when it used to be a two-person job. Genuine and encouraging, this book will assure you of the bright future awaiting you.


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