pregnancy by week

Weeks 3-4


If fertilization has successfully occurred, there’s a rapidly growing cluster of cells (official name: zygote) traveling to the uterus and implanting itself there.


You are probably unaware of your budding pregnancy, until you miss a period, at which point a home pregnancy test can confirm it. If used properly, they are right about 99% of the time, especially if you wait for a week (good luck with that!).


When the time comes for her to pee on a stick, show your support by going to the pharmacy and buying the test. A bouquet of flowers would be a nice gesture, too.


Research the options for professional care and discuss what you want. Obstetrician-gynecologist (ob-gyn) or midwife? Hospital or home birth? Find out what is covered by your health insurance. To learn about various childbirth philosophies, go to “Childbirth preparation” in the RESOURCES menu. Oh, and one more thing: it’s not too soon to look into daycare, if you’ll be needing it!