Pregnancy: 4 weeks

Since I spilled the beans on the pregnancy early, I figured I may as well take the opportunity to report on my symptoms of pregnancy at 4 weeks, since tomorrow I will be 5 weeks pregnant!

4 weeks pregnant photo

Image taken from BabyCenter.com (love Babycenter), hope they don't mind. :)

This week marks the beginning of the embryonic period. From now until 10 weeks, all of your baby’s organs will begin to develop and some will even begin to function. As a result, this is the time when she’ll be most vulnerable to anything that might interfere with her development. Right now your baby is an embryo the size of a poppy seed, consisting of two layers: the epiblast and the hypoblast, from which all of her organs and body parts will develop. (BabyCenter.com)

There are moments when I don’t feel a thing. It is very early, after all, and while women are looking for signs and symptoms that something is in fact happening in their uterus at 4 weeks, I think it is pretty common to have no symptoms at 4 weeks pregnant.

However, as the week has progressed, I have noticed a few pregnancy symptoms at 4 weeks. I feel the same mild period-like cramping in my uterus that I did when I was pregnant with Evan. I don’t even know that I would use the word cramp, more like the discomfort you feel a few days prior to your period starting, if that makes sense. I can remember being paranoid about this sensation with my first pregnancy, but this time I know that it just means that my uterus is making room for the baby.

I also have a dull headache, but I believe this is more from my caffeine detox than anything else. I am far too accustomed to reaching for some Advil or Tylenol, so it’s been a struggle at times to just deal with the nagging headache, but I am hoping it subsides soon.

I have also felt just a couple, brief waves of nausea in the morning. By brief, I mean just a wave that lasts maybe 1-3 minutes, but then goes away.

I suffered with severe nausea and vomiting through most of my first and second trimesters when I was pregnant with Evan, so the waves of nausea do bring me little flashbacks of that time. That part of the pregnancy was pretty horrible last time, so while I’m not holding my breath, I do hope that the nausea isn’t quite as bad this time.

I feel like I need to add a little disclaimer here, as we start this journey. I just want to say that I am keenly aware of just how early I am in this pregnancy, and that things can, and often do go wrong. I don’t feel like I am making myself any more vulnerable to that by sharing my experience, and I am inviting my readers to take this trip through pregnancy with me. I can always use prayer and positive thought, and would appreciate either (or both) from all of you. :)

So, this is what is going on with my pregnancy at 4 weeks! Please feel free to share your memories of this phase in your pregnancie(s).

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