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Week 3: Your teeny tiny micracle pear

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Post by *** Dannii *** on Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:47 pm

Fetal development in pregnancy week 3:



embryo in first month
Although your belly is still the same size and shape as it was
pre-pregnancy, a plethora of amazing and dynamic changes are taking
place despite this fact. Right now your little zygote is already 1.5 Ė
2.5mm in size. This is quite a change from the microscopic pack of
cells you had just two weeks ago. Your microscopic little one is
already composed of three complex ďgermĒ layers: the ectoderm, endoderm
and mesoderm. Although you could hardly see them at this point, these
layers are the beginnings of your baby's nervous system and brain,
stomach and inner organs, and skeleton and connective tissue. Your baby
is also starting to take on recognizable physical dimensions somewhat
comparable to a very tiny pear. The round part of the pear will
eventually become the head and the pointy part will be the spine.
Perhaps the best part of this week is that somewhere around the 21st
day, your miraculous little pear will have a beating heart, although
the heart chambers and valves will not be completely developed for
another couple weeks.

And how's mom doing?

You may be expressing many of the same symptoms as last week: fatigue,
swollen breasts and frequent urination. This is to be expected and is
nothing to worry about. Donít panic if you gradually lose some of the
symptoms, or trade one set of symptoms for another-- this is also
totally normal. Many Calcium is an essential
vitamin during the pregnancy as your body will strip calcium from your
bones to build the bones of your baby if you donít have enough
supplemental calcium in your system doctors recommend starting a
prenatal vitamin early on in the pregnancy. Yep, now is the perfect
time to begin! For those of you with lactose intolerance, practicing
vegans and vegetarians, as well as women with a history of substance
abuse, chronic disease, or the minority who are expecting twins (or
more!), you are in even higher need of a prenatal vitamin to supplement
and fend off the all-too-easy nutrient deficiencies you're prone to
experience in your pregnancy. Calcium is an essential vitamin during
the pregnancy as your body will strip calcium from your bones to build
the bones of your baby if you donít have enough supplemental calcium in
your system. This is also a critical reason older women are so much
more prone to osteoporosis: they simply didn't get enough calcium
during their child-bearing years. Contact your primarey health care
giver or local health food store nutritionist to identify the correct
vitamin(s) for you and your baby.
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