Your Baby at 10 Weeks Pregnant
Listen up. By the end of this week, the outside ears will be developed. Right now they sit very low on the head, but as the head grows bigger, they'll move to the right spot on either side. Soon, your voice will be your little one's favorite sound.
Vision quest. Your little one's eyes are also developing. The basic optical structure is in place and the eyelids are beginning to cover the eyes, which are still on either side of the head.
The whole tooth. Your baby's first tooth won't break through the gums until several months after birth, but tiny tooth buds are already starting to form.
Measuring up. Thanks in part to developing bones and lengthening limbs, the fetus now weighs about 2.5 grams and measures 2 to 3 centimeters (around an inch) from crown to rump.
Kick the caffeine habit.
Your Pregnancy at 10 Weeks
Many health care providers recommend that you reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet. It has no nutritional value, and it can make you (and possibly your little one) feel nervous. Caffeine can also contribute to dehydration since it's a diuretic (something that makes you urinate). If you must have your daily latte or soda, be sure to drink extra water to compensate for the loss of fluid.
Starting around now, your heart begins to pump more blood through your veins. In fact, by 32 weeks, you'll have 40 to 50 percent more blood in your body than before you were pregnant — the extra volume is needed to provide blood to the uterus and placenta. Taking steps now to improve your blood flow may help prevent varicose veins later in your pregnancy. Walking daily, lying on your left side, elevating your legs (with knees supported), and sitting without crossing your legs can all help prevent your circulation from getting sluggish.