© The Anatomical Travelogue
The embryo measures a little less than one-fifth of an inch long and looks more like a tadpole than a human. The forebrain forms a hollow stalk on either side and develops small cups -- the base of each will become an eyeball. Inside the cup, skin cells will turn into a lens and cornea. The heart, no bigger than a poppy seed, is beating now, and primitive red blood cells circulate through the fetus and chorionic villi. The neural tube, which connects the brain and spinal cord, closes at this time. One end of the tube forms the brain, the other the spinal cord.
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No one would know you're pregnant just by looking at you, but you're definitely aware of it, thanks to early symptoms, such as tender breasts and nipples, constant fatigue, and frequent bathroom trips. You may even find that you leak a little urine when you cough. This is due to the growing uterus pressing on the bladder. Stay close to the bathroom, wear lightweight sanitary pads, and improve muscle control by doing Kegel exercises (squeezing and releasing the vaginal muscles 10 to 20 times in a row) several times a day.
Understanding Your Body's Changes:
Do's and Don'ts
Do check in with your obstetrician early and regularly to learn how best to take care of yourself during pregnancy. Women who receive early and consistent prenatal care are statistically more likely to give birth to bigger, healthier babies.
Aside from giving up bad habits--cigarettes, alcohol, drugs--you'll also need to guard against infection. For starters, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, try to steer clear of people who aren't feeling well, and let your partner clean out the kitty litter, bird cage, or fish tank. Cook meat, fish, poultry, and eggs until they are well done--and pass on unpasteurized dairy products and juice.
Finding the Right Medical Care: