Pregnant - week 4
ZP® - English, 17 January 2019 12:01Laatste update op: 25 July 2019 14:02
When a sufficient amount of the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is made, it is possible to confirm the pregnancy with a pregnancy test.
The first signs of a pregnancy are visible. Your period fails to occur and at the end of this week your pregnancy test can indicate a positive result. Congratulations, you are pregnant!
It’s good for the development of your baby to take pregnancy supplements, such as folic acid. Folic acid is a vitamin B that plays a major role in the development of the nervous system of your unborn baby.
In the first four weeks of your pregnancy the neural tube, from which the brain and the spinal cord will develop, is already formed. Folic acid is important to allow this process to run smoothly. Folic acid can be found in leafy vegetables, wholegrain bread, eggs, nuts, meat and fish.
On a normal dietary pattern you often do not get the required amount of folic acid. This is why we recommend taking extra folic acid in the form of tablets. We recommend starting this even before you are pregnant. Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to do this, but you should take it up to 10 weeks into pregnancy.
The embryo is split into two parts: the placenta and the embryo. The baby is now as big as a poppy seed. One part becomes the placenta that provides the baby with nutrition and important nutrients and the other part is the embryo itself that can now start to grow and develop.