3 Weeks Pregnant

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Your Body

This is the week when conception typically occurs. Congrats -- and welcome to pregnancy! Physically, you won’t notice any changes yet; it’s still too early. In fact, odds are you don’t even know you’re going to be a... Read more

Your Baby

From the moment sperm met egg, your baby’s gender has been set -- although you’ll have to wait until around week 20 if you want to find out whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Other inherited characteristics, such as hair color,... Read more

Your Life Right Now

Many women experience spotting or light bleeding at this point in their pregnancy -- which they often mistake for the beginning of their period. Nope! This is actually one of the very first signs of pregnancy. The spotting is a result of the baby... Read more

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"Different doctors and midwives have different protocols about when they have their patients begin prenatal care. If you have an OB or MW chosen, you can contact their office to ask about appointment scheduling. If you need to shop for an OB or... Read more

3 Weeks Pregnant: Your Body

This is the week when conception typically occurs. Congrats -- and welcome to pregnancy! Physically, you won’t notice any changes yet; it’s still too early. In fact, odds are you don’t even know you’re going to be a mommy, since at 3 weeks pregnant you haven’t missed your period yet -- and a pregnancy test may not pick up enough of the “pregnancy hormone” hCG, which is produced by cells that form the placenta, to alert you to the good news. In the meantime, however, your body is in All Pregnancy Systems Go mode: It begins producing more progesterone, a hormone that spurs blood vessel growth in your uterine wall -- an important change because these blood vessels are what will help nourish the developing baby in the early stages of your pregnancy.

3 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

From the moment sperm met egg, your baby’s gender has been set -- although you’ll have to wait until around week 20 if you want to find out whether you’re having a boy or a girl. Other inherited characteristics, such as hair color, eye shade, and even intelligence, are also determined at conception. Pretty fascinating, huh? Over the course of this week, the tiny ball of rapidly dividing cells will keep growing like mad as it continues to make its way to its final home in your uterus -- a process that takes about 3 to 7 days. Once there, it will cozily implant itself.

Your Life Right Now

Many women experience spotting or light bleeding at this point in their pregnancy -- which they often mistake for the beginning of their period. Nope! This is actually one of the very first signs of pregnancy. The spotting is a result of the baby implanting in the lining of your uterus. If the bleeding is heavy or you experience stomach pains, be sure to let your doctor know. In rare cases, it may be caused by an ectopic pregnancy -- when the baby implants in the wrong spot, often a fallopian tube where it’s known as a tubal pregnancy. The vast majority of the time, a little spotting is totally normal. But if you’re worried, call your doctor.

Moms Like Me / I Wish I Had Known

"Different doctors and midwives have different protocols about when they have their patients begin prenatal care. If you have an OB or MW chosen, you can contact their office to ask about appointment scheduling. If you need to shop for an OB or MW, it's never too early to begin." -- cl-bradleyteach

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Telling how and when?We're pregnant! We're thrilled! I'm raining on DH’s parade b/c I'm only three weeks and refuse to let him tell. He is dying to tell his family but I say at minimum wait for the first appointment/heartbeat -- but I really want to wait until I'm out of my first trimester. Thoughts? – mrsjbc2006

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