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Congratulations! If you know you are pregnant, you have found out about your pregnancy much earlier than most women do. If you have received a positive pregnancy test at 4 weeks pregnant, it means that you have taken a pregnancy test just after your missed period.
Since you are here, you are most likely wondering why you are experiencing cramping at 4 weeks pregnant. Cramping at this stage of your pregnancy is usually nothing to worry about. Read on to find out more.
Your Baby At 4 Weeks Pregnant
At 4 weeks pregnant, you are in the first trimester and the little embryo is developing within the lining of your uterus- after implantation occured. Your baby is currently about the size of a poppy seed. The inner cells of the embryo form into 3 layers:
Inner layer: This will form the lungs, stomach, gut and bladder.
Middle Layer: The middle layer will develop into the heart, circulatory system, muscles and bones.
Outer Layer: The outer layer will eventually become your baby’s nervous system and brain- as well as the eye lenses, tooth enamel and skin and nails.
The embryo is currently attached to a small “yolk sac” which provides the nutrients to your developing baby.
You at 4 Weeks Pregnant
At this stage of your pregnancy, you should already be taking folic acid tablets- and it would be benefit to take vitamin D tablets too. You should take folic acid tablets until you are 12 weeks pregnant.
Cramping at 4 Weeks Pregnant
Experiencing cramping at any point in your pregnancy can be quite worrying for mums-to-be, and some may assume the worst. Cramping, however, can be normal.
At 4 weeks pregnant, cramping can be a sign that the embryo has implanted safely into the uterus, or that your uterus is expanding and stretching nicely- to prepare to accomodate your developing embryo- or baby- for the next 8 months or so.
What is implantation?
Implantation occurs when a fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus. Implantation is when the fertilized egg implants onto the uterine wall.
What are implantation cramps?
Implantation cramps are cramps which occur due to implantation.
When should I contact my doctor?
If you are experiencing severe pain or cramps, or are experiencing vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, you should contact your nearest healthcare provider.
If your doctor believes you are having a miscarriage, they may perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan.
Don’t worry if you can’t see your baby on the ultrasound scan; your baby is approximately currently the size of a poppy seed so it is natural not to see them. On the ultrasound scan, you will most likely see a tiny dot, the yolk sac and the gestational sac.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms – 4 Weeks Pregnant
At this stage of pregnancy, most women do not know that they are pregnant and experience no symptoms- it is- however, also perfectly normal to experience pregnancy symptoms at this stage.
The same pregnancy hormones (like hCG) that gave you a positive pregnancy test can cause these pregnancy symptoms:
Pregnancy definitely can sap your energy- after all, you are creating a new, beautiful life within your body. Fatigue is a very common symptom of pregnancy.
Morning sickness can wreak havoc on a pregnant woman’s day-to-day life. The sudden spike in pregnancy hormones can cause nausea, as well as hypersensitivity to certain smells/odours (e.g. coffee perfume or other strong smells) which can trigger vomiting. Thankfully, this symptom usually fades by the second trimester.
Spotting can occur at week 4 due to implantation. A bit of light bleeding is completely normal. If, however, you are bleeding heavily, or are bleeding bright red blood, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Cramping can be a worrying symptom for some mums-to-be- but it’s actually a sign that your baby has properly implanted into your uterine lining. However, if you experience any very painful or uncomfortable cramps, you should contact your doctor.
During early pregnancy, your progesterone levels- or pregnancy hormone levels- increase. The rise in progesterone slows down your body’s digestive system, causing bloating and constipation.
Mood swings occur due to your rapidly changing pregnancy hormone levels. After the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, your hormone levels should even out a bit and this symptom should subside.
This symptom is also due to the increased bloodflow in your body. The breast tenderness usually eases off by the second trimester.
For more information about four weeks pregnancy symptoms, visit the link: https://www.mybump2baby.com/4-weeks-pregnant-symptoms/
A lot of private scan clinics can offer an ultrasound scan from 5 weeks although holding out for 6 means you are most likely to see the all important heartbeat.
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