If you haven’t pee on a stick yet, do it now. The level of your human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG) is high enough for the stick to show positive results. If you are curious about your child’s look, ever see an orange seed? Good, now add up a rudimentary head and a tail. Sure, they have a tail but fortunately for you, you are not pregnant with a frog. They wouldn’t have the right look yet, but slowly and surely, you would see them the way they will be.
There’s too much to do up to this point. I mean, we have a few systems to cover and everything (circulatory, digestive, nervous, urinary system etc.) have to be made from scratch. There is no template for it. Your child is as unique as they will be. Try to guess which system would work first? The answer is the heart. It will be at as early as this week but unfortunately for you, it’s usually visible by the 6th or 7th week onwards. No worries though. It’s unusual for anyone to meet their doctors for an examination during the fifth week.
Right about now, their heart is composed of two tiny channels. It hasn’t fused to a full functioning, 4 chambers heart yet but it sure will. It needs to go ahead and activate first so that all cells would have their share of nutrients and oxygen from the maternal circulation. Apart from that system, their neural tube, which is the precursor of their spinal cord and brain will start to work as well, although right now, it still hasn’t sealed itself. It will be next week.
If you look at the ultrasound screen, you will see a tadpole. No kidding. That’s creepy right but as most people, especially those who are not at a high risk of complicated pregnancy, get dated at 8th to 9th weeks of pregnancy, few people actually have seen those tadpoles. Wait for your turn patiently. It’s a few weeks more before you will be asked to pee in the cup or they will take some blood to make sure you and your baby are doing fine.
Try to start a pregnancy journal, plan a new diet or discuss financial planning with your partner to ease up your anxiousness.