Pregnancy Skin Health
It's implantation time! This week the embryo, which is now
called a blastocyst, has found its way to the uterus and is looking
for a suitable place to nestle in for the next 36 weeks or so.
Implantation usually happens at around the time you would be
expecting your period so many women aren't surprised when they have
a slight bleed in the 4th week. But, if it's only slight spotting
it could be an implantation bleed and not a regular period. The
uterine wall is so engorged with blood at this stage that any
disruption can cause a light bleed. Some women say they can
actually feel the moment when the blastocyst embeds, and who can
say they are wrong?
You are likely to become suspicious that you could be pregnant
if your period doesn't come this week when you expect it to.
Keeping track of your cycles with a calendar is a good idea. You
may be experiencing some early pregnancy symptoms (see below) which
alert you that your body feels somehow a little different to what
it usually does. Don't be concerned if you feel exactly the same as
you normally do though. Even if you are officially 4 weeks
pregnant, your body is still getting accustomed to all of its
By the time you are 4 weeks pregnant it's possible to confirm
your pregnancy with a blood or urine test. Both are extremely
sensitive to picking up Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin Hormone
(HCG) if it's present in your system. You
can check your own wee in the privacy of your own home and the best
time to do this is when you wake up in the morning. This is when
the concentration of HCG will be at its
Now we move onto week 5,
when your baby is getting well and truly comfortable.