You are now four weeks pregnant (or in your fifth week, if you prefer to count it that way).

How your baby’s growing

The ball of cells dividing in your uterus is now an embryo, about the size of an poppy seed. The next five weeks are especially critical to your baby’s development. The rudimentary placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to the baby, are already functioning. For more information on your baby’s development this week.

How your life’s changing

If your baby wasn’t planned, this may be the first time you have an inkling that you’re pregnant. Don’t worry: our early pregnancy resource center has all the information you need to get your pregnancy on track. If your pregnancy test was negative or inconclusive but your period still hasn’t arrived, you can repeat it now. Need help with reading it? Find out if the faint line on your home pregnancy test means you’re pregnant.

It may seem an odd time but in fact it’s a great idea to start an exercise routine now. Exercise helps you develop good muscle tone, strength and endurance. It helps you manage the extra weight you’ll put on (or prevent you putting too much more on if you’re already overweight), gets you fit for labour — and makes getting your figure back after birth easier too. Choose a safe, moderately vigorous activity you like: walking and swimming are great choices when you’re pregnant.

You might also want to do some easy yoga stretches — there are special classes adapted for pregnancy. Make sure the exercise instructors who teach you are qualified to instruct pregnant women and, if it isn’t a class specifically for pregnancy, let the instructor know that you are pregnant. Know your limits and make sure you don’t overdo it if you are new to exercise. If you are already athletic, we also have some tips for you.

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