Fetal Development at Week 4 of Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 19, 2012

Pregnancy and childbirth is one of the most adventurous journeys of life. From the moment that a child is conceived, to the time the baby is born, there are many magical moments that an expectant mother will experience. A full term pregnancy usually goes up to anywhere between 38 and 40 weeks, covering the span of nine months. As fetal development takes place, there are many changes experienced by both, the baby and the mother. Fetal development in week 4 may go unnoticed as this is just the beginning of your pregnancy. Fetal development in week 4 is still the early stages of pregnancy, there are a few signs that will indicate...

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However, the most important indication of your being pregnant is the fact that you will miss the scheduled date of a menstrual cyclel To confirm for yourself, purchase a home pregnancy kit that is fairly easy to uses During fetal development in week 4, the size of the fetus is no more than the size of a small seede The embryo, as it is known in this stage of fetal development, will have three sectionsn They are the fore brain, the middle brain and the hind braini There is the vague impression of the formation of the mouth and the eyey The lung buds form steadily and a heart beat is noticeable through an ultrasoundn Since this is the early stage of fetal development, the limb buds, which will later form the arms and the legs, are also visiblel Although your baby does not really look like a baby, when viewed through an ultrasound, it is important for you to know that every primary organ is being formed from the time of conceptiono

The back bone, lungs, heart, brain and the eyes have already taken their basic form by the time you reach fetal development in week 4 Fetal development in week 4 of pregnancy is very rapid and in a few weeks time you will be able to see the changes in your baby when you go in for an ultrasound checkupu Prenatal care is very essential during the early stages of fetal developmentn Everything an expectant mother does will have an effect on the fetal development of the child that she carries in her wombm Staying healthy through the consumption of healthy foods is very important because certain medications that are administered may have a negative impact on the babyb Similarly, it is not advisable for a mother to undertake physically exertive tasks during the early stages of her pregnancyc Minimal movement is advised and so is the consumption of fresh, healthy foodsd However, expectant mothers must ensure that they get a certain amount of daily exercise and fresh air too as this will help to promote fetal development in week 4 as well as throughout the pregnancyc

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