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Pregnancy Week 3

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Updated June 09, 2014

Conception
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Mother:

You have ovulated and have now been "exposed" to sperm! When the egg implants some women have a tiny bit of spotting called implantation bleeding, where the egg burrows into the uterine lining, shedding a bit. This is nothing to worry about. Your body also releases an immunosuppressant protein called Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF) to prevent your body from seeing the baby as an invader.

Early pregnancy tests are becoming more popular. Many women are taking them sooner and sooner. The trick to remembering how to read an early pregnancy test is that you can assume you are pregnant if you have a positive test, but a negative test may simply mean that you are testing before your hormone levels are where they need to be to register that big fat positive! So if you test early and get an unexpected result, wait a few days and retest. This is typically all you need to do to get a more accurate reading.

Baby:

Implantation will occur this week! The egg and the sperm have met in your fallopian tube and will begin the 4-7 day journey to the uterus. Cell division begins immediately and continues throughout this journey. Once in the uterus, it is generally about 72 hours before implantation occurs. Once it has implanted your baby is called a blastocyst and is about 0.1-0.2 mm in diameter.

It is amazing to think about everything that is going on in the body that you have no control over and are typically blissfully unaware of at the moment it happens, even if you're generally thinking about it.

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Dad:

You're probably blissfully unaware of what is going on at this point. Or you might be anxiously awaiting the results of the pregnancy test. Either way continue with good habits previously started or work towards forming new habits. If mom is getting anxious about testing, remind her how much fun it is to try! Do what you can to keep her sane, all while maintaining your own sanity.

Readers Share:

Many couples are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to having a baby boy. They have lots of things that they can try to help influence the odds of drawing the XY genetics that belong to a boy. Did you try to sway the odds in your favor?

What did you try to get pregnant with a baby boy?

Twin Tips:

If you're having fertility treatments your chances of having multiples is increased, depending on which treatments that you tried. For example, using Clomid can increase the rate of twin pregnancies to 10% of successful pregnancies. The rate of twins can be as many as 1 in 40 pregnancies.

Suggested Reading:

Great Expectations: Pregnancy Journal
This journal is a great place for you to keep your thoughts and memories in one place. You can also add info on your prenatal appointments and more.
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