Week 3 of Pregnancy
Your Baby in Week 3 of Pregnancy
The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: You’ve conceived and your soon-to-be-baby has started on its miraculous transformation from single cell to baby boy or girl. This week, the fertilized egg — or zygote — divides several times over to become a tiny ball of microscopic cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. As it divides, the blastocyst, as it’s now called (don’t worry, you’ll come up with a cuter name soon!), makes its way from your fallopian tube to your uterus, where it will implant itself in the uterine wall and grow for the next nine months.Learn more about your baby this week and conception
Your Body in Week 3 of Pregnancy
You probably won’t notice as the fertilized egg divides and makes its way to your uterus. But your body is gearing up to play landlord to the blastocyst (and soon-to-be baby) making its way toward the uterus. What does that mean for you? You’re just beginning to produce progesterone and estrogen, the pregnancy hormones that will be responsible for a host of bodily changes (and symptoms like morning sickness!) to come. For now, though, and the next couple of weeks, it’ll be like nothing is happening — at least on the outside!Learn more about your body this week and ovulation and fertilization
Week 3 Pregnancy Tip: Ovulation and Sense of Smell
Are smells suddenly stronger to you than ever? It could be a sign that you’re ovulating!Scientists aren’t quite sure why this happens, though it’s been theorized that a heightened sense of smell makes an ovulating woman more sensitive to the lure of her partner’s pheromones, those scent-producing chemical compounds that nature releases to put the sex drive into overdrive. The result? You’re in the mood for lovin’ just when nature (and you) wants you to be (when lovin’ is most likely to produce a baby). So take advantage of your ovary-stimulated inner beagle. If you’re feeling like you could track a pheasant through the woods (or at least a garlic-roasted chicken), chances are this is a good time to hop in the sack and try to make a puppy…or, rather, a baby.
Week 3 Pregnancy Symptoms
A rise in your basal body temperature: Your basal body temperature (BBT) is lower when your body is heading toward ovulation but rises about a degree when you ovulate. That’s because the hormone estrogen, which lowers your BBT, dominates the first half of your cycle, while progesterone, which raises your BBT, surges once you ovulate (to get the uterus ready to receive the fertilized egg). So this week you’ll see a rise in your BBT if you’ve been keeping track.
Clear cervical mucus with an egg-white consistency: Last week your mucus was getting thinner and looking a little cloudy; this week it’s extra-thin, extra-stretchy, and clear (or whitish) — perfect traveling conditions for sperm heading upstate (toward the egg).
Possible lower-abdominal achiness (mittelschmerz): About one in four women feel a twinge or series of cramps in the lower abdominal area — usually one side (the side they’re ovulating from). This pain, which is thought to come from an ovary releasing an egg, is known as mittelschmerz (from the German word meaning “middle pain”).