4th week of pregnancy for the mother and child – 1st month of pregnancy
Your uterus starts to get bigger and gets the size of a mandarin. The symptoms of pregnancy begin to be evident: the breast is swollen and, at times, painful, the nipples become darker and broader, the vaginal discharge becomes more abundant, you feel tired, to the point of having real strokes of sleep during the day.
These symptoms can be quite numerous and vary from one woman to another. Your doctor may suggest different solutions, not always miraculous, against these disorders. Do not take any medication without first consulting your doctor.
The development of the child
The embryo enlarges and begins to form. In particular, the bust and the head increase in volume. The first drafts of some organs also appear.
The nervous system, for example, begins to appear: a furrow is progressively created on the embryo’s skin, which then becomes a tube (the neural tube). This is what later becomes the spinal cord at the end of the brain.
The heart is formed from a species of large blood vessel present in the embryo. And it starts beating starting from the fourth week, without yet ensuring circulation. Even the umbilical cord begins to form around the fourth week.
Pregnancy and moods
It is often said that hormones are responsible for mood changes during pregnancy. Indeed, hormonal disturbances are at the origin of this disorder, but they are not the only ones. Psychological changes and concerns related to your new state can also affect your moods.
Your daily life and your future are called into question. Thousands of new worries arise within you , such as the fear of childbirth. You have so many reasons to feel upset!
Pregnancy, emotions and hormones
What exactly is happening? The hormones produced by the endocrine glands are particularly abundant during pregnancy. And some of them affect your mood. Adrenaline can cause a feeling of stress or nervousness. Endorphins induce a feeling of wellbeing .
Cortisol and prolactin have a doping action. Estrogens have exciting virtues. They interact with progesterone, which has a sedative effect. Hormones interact with each other, creating imbalances and a general climate conducive to mood swings. Hypersensitivity, euphoria, continuous stress, attacks of anisia, depression…there are no rules, all emotions are exasperated!
The importance of talking about
The pregnant women are very prepared from a medical point of view. But, when it comes to moods and worries, they tend to close in on themselves.
If you feel particularly vulnerable, or if you experience your pregnancy badly, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor, or consult a specialist (a midwife, a maternity psychologist…).
It is not a question of starting a thorough psychotherapy, but rather of being listened to and expressing your fears . Pregnancy can be a difficult time to live and you should not be afraid to admit it, especially if it is the first time you are pregnant . Talking about it can help you a lot.
Aid received during pregnancy is valuable.
Thus the future mother will be fully aware of her psychic and emotional state, contrary to what happened before, when her emotions were rather repressed. In addition, certain forms of anxiety can be cured during pregnancy, making it possible to prevent or prevent any difficulties in the relationship with the child that is about to be born.
Not to forget
- Do a pregnancy test
- Make an appointment with the gynecologist or midwife for the first trimester visit
- Start thinking about the baby’s name: browse our name book