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PREGNANCY WEEK 4: It’s Official!

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What’s your baby up to this week?

The shape of an embryo
This is how your baby would look like as an embryo at 4 weeks of pregnancy.

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Your baby has developed into an embryo, but its size is still tiny.

How tiny? Poppy seed tiny!

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As the placenta develops, other cells of the emerging placenta produce a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) that signals your body telling you are now pregnant.

The hCG hormone is also the hormone that indicates you are pregnant when you take a pregnancy test.

Oh no! Here comes the symptoms..

You may not observe any bump in your belly just yet but there are several changes that you may experience as the hormones in your body are beginning to change.

Those changes could be nausea or vomiting.

You may also observe yourself being more sensitive to smell and taste that might cause you to not like certain food unlike before.

Mood swings may also happen.

While these symptoms are common, do not worry if you do not experience it, some pregnancy symptoms come a bit later into the pregnancy.

Down that calcium!

As most of us are aware of, calcium helps fortify our bones and teeth.

It is also a crucial element in bone and teeth growth and repair.

Calcium is the body’s most abundant mineral and is essential for many different mechanisms and responses, such as muscle contraction, bone formation, and the functioning of enzymes and hormones.

While calcium is not in demand by your baby during this week, it is good to ensure that you have sufficient daily doses of 1000 mg of calcium every day.

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Time For More Dental Care.

Hormone changes can affect a lot of things in your body and one of it are your teeth.

Yes teeth!

Some hormone change can cause your gums to be more sensitive and bleed more often.

It is a good practice to keep your dentals clean with regular brushing and flossing.

Do not forget to have your dental check-up twice a year if you have not already.

Prepare Your Pelvis!

Pelvic Brace

1. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the ground, hips-width apart.

2. Place your hips on the floor and make sure there is a little space between your lower back and the floor.

3. Inhale deeply and then gently close your urethra, vagina, and anus (Kegel contraction) as you exhale.

4. Pull your lower abs in slightly with every contraction.

5. Relax your lower abs, and pelvic floor as you inhale. Repeat doing the Kegel contraction when you exhale.

6. Repeat for about 8 to 15 times while holding the position for 3- to 5- seconds.

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