The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Being 4 weeks pregnant means you are in the first trimester and about to complete 1 month of pregnancy. You probably don't look pregnant yet. Most first-time mums do not start showing until at least week 12. However, if this isn't your first baby, you may start showing sooner as the muscles in your womb and belly may have been stretched from your previous pregnancy.
Here are some of the 4 weeks pregnancy symptoms you may experience.
● Missed period
● Bloating, and feeling of being bloated
● Mild cramping (like period pains) and spotting, if implantation of the embryo takes place in the 4th week (see your doctor if you get bleeding during pregnancy)
● Feeling unusually tired or exhausted
● Tenderness of breasts / sore breasts
● Heightened sense of smell
During the first trimester, some pregnant women might not feel any pregnancy symptoms. But in the coming weeks, they are likely to experience these.
● Morning sickness and nausea
● New likes and dislikes (food aversions)
● Frequent urination
● Emotional changes such as anxiety and mood swings
If you think you could be pregnant but haven't noticed any of these pregnancy symptoms, you still might be. Every pregnancy is different and some women sail through their pregnancy feeling on top of the world. Regardless, be sure to schedule an appointment with the doctor.
Your life at 4 weeks pregnant
Over the next 8 to 9 months, your body is going to be working hard. It’s important to prioritise time for yourself as you face all the pregnancy symptoms. Here are some ideas to manage the 4 weeks pregnancy symptoms.
1. "Me" time
You’ve just found out about a life-altering information. You may not be ready to share the news yet, but spend some time reflecting on your feelings. Write down what you’re experiencing, or pen a letter to your future self. Share it with your partner or a friend over a long walk, or a quiet meal at home. Express your concerns and discuss your pregnancy symptoms.
2. Baby-free series binge watch
You may start imagining the 9 months to come, and how things will be once your little one arrives. It’s still early. If you find your mind is going 300 miles per hour, slow down and distract yourself with some laughs from your favourite movies or TV series. Try to get plenty of rest and relaxation.
3. Feed your appetite
Most pregnant women will experience morning sickness as one of the pregnancy symptoms. It usually doesn’t start for a few weeks. So, take this opportunity to have a meal at your favourite restaurants.
4. Top up on vitamins and nutrients
Folic acid plays a key role in foetal blood formation and is crucial for the normal development of the neural tube. Experts recommend 600mcg of folic acid every day. Vitamin D is also important to good health when you're 4 weeks pregnant and throughout your pregnancy.
Eat small and frequent meals to relieve morning sickness. Nibble on crackers that are rich in carbohydrates. Be sure to drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated, and eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein, such as lean meat, cereal, dairy products, fresh and natural foods (fruits and vegetables).