Pregnancy Week 3

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"It takes an average of 6 - 12 days for the zygote to travel from the fallopian tubes to the uterus. The zygote divides through a process known as mitosis, in which each cell doubles by dividing into two cells. This two-week stage is known as the germinal period of development and covers the time of conception to the implantation of the embryo in the uterus."

More About Week 3:

  • The zygote continues to divide, creating an inner group of cells with an outer shell. This stage is called a blastocyst. The inner group of cells will become the embryo, while the outer group of cells will become the membranes that nourish and protect it.
  • The blastocyst reaches the womb (uterus) around day 5, and implants into the uterine wall on about day 6. At this point in the mother's menstrual cycle, the lining of the uterus has grown and is ready to support a fetus. The blastocyst sticks tightly to the lining, where it receives nourishment via the mother's bloodstream.
  • The blastocyst cells are arranging themselves into two pancake layers, one of which will become the embryo and the other the placenta.

Healthy Pregnancy Tips for Week 3

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