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10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development

The umbilical cord is getting longer, and your baby’s head is taking on a rounder, more human shape. Fingernails and hair are beginning to form, and your baby is busy practicing essential movements including kicking and swallowing. Little lungs are under construction, and the intestines and stomach are forming.

At the moment, your baby’s outer ears sit low on the head, but they’ll move to the right spot as the head grows. Your little one’s eyes are also developing. The basic optical structure is in place and the eyelids are starting to cover the eyes, which are still on either side of the head. Eyebrows are beginning to grow, too!

Baby’s first tooth won’t break through the gums until several months after birth, but tiny tooth buds are already starting to form.

How Big is Your Baby at Ten Weeks?

Your little one is still growing very quickly! The average fetus is about the size of a strawberry, weighing about 0.14 ounces and measuring approximately an inch from crown to rump.

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Mom’s Body at 10 Weeks Pregnant

Your belly is gradually getting larger – not at all surprising, since you’ve just crossed the two months pregnancy milestone!

10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Symptoms

  • Morning Sickness – You’re not alone if you’ve reached week 10 and are still suffering from morning sickness. There’s some good news though: you’re likely to start feeling better soon. Morning sickness usually goes away soon after you enter your second trimester.

  • Ligament Pains – Of all of this week’s symptoms, this one is among the most uncomfortable. Your body is changing quickly as it makes room for your growing baby, and the round ligament aches and pains can happen at all hours of the day and night! You may feel a sharp jabbing, spasming, or cramping sensation on one or both sides of your groin or lower belly area. Cramping like this is considered normal as long as it lasts for just a few seconds at a time; if it feels intense or more painful than usual, you should check in with your healthcare provider.

  • A Bigger “Bump” – Your uterus is about the size of a large grapefruit and it feels firm. Before your pregnancy, it was about the size of a small, soft pear. Bloating might continue to contribute to your expanding waistline.

  • Minimal Weight Gain – Even though you’re getting a little bit larger, you may not have gained much weight. If you have an average BMI, you can expect to gain between three and five pounds during the first trimester. If morning sickness is a major problem for you, you may even discover that you’ve lost a little bit of weight. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you’re concerned about weight gain or weight loss during pregnancy.

  • Exhaustion – Your fetus is becoming more active this week. You, on the other hand, might feel like napping at every opportunity. Get extra sleep anytime you can. You really do need it!

  • Headaches and Mood Swings – At 10 weeks, headache issues might have you feeling terrible, and mood swings don’t help your situation. Hormones are to blame for these uncomfortable symptoms; you may find it helpful to distract yourself by chatting with friends, watching funny movies, or treating yourself to comforting massages.

  • Leukorrhea – Don’t worry if you’re seeing more vaginal discharge than before. Heightened circulation coupled with a spike in estrogen production can cause leukorrhea, which is a clear to milky colored nearly odorless vaginal discharge. If you notice that it has a foul odor, any color, be sure to call your doctor; additionally, you should call if this discharge is bloody or clumped together like cottage cheese. Be sure to let your doctor know immediately if it is accompanied by burning, itching, swelling, redness, pain or discomfort.

10 Weeks Pregnant: Things to Consider

  • Kick the caffeine habit if you haven’t already done so! Many healthcare providers recommend that you reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet. Caffeine can also contribute to dehydration during pregnancy since it’s a diuretic (something that makes you urinate). If you must have your daily latte or fizzy drink, be sure to have some extra water to compensate for the loss of fluid.

  • Take steps to prevent varicose veins. At this stage of your pregnancy, your heart begins to pump more blood through your arteries. In fact, by 32 weeks, you’ll have 40 to 50 percent more blood in your body, sending much of it to the uterus and placenta. Taking steps now to improve 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 to prevent your circulation from becoming sluggish. Stay active and read about different forms of exercise during pregnancy.

  • Maybe you’d benefit from a little bit of retail therapy! Now is a good time to shop for new underwear. Choose supportive, comfortable styles but don’t go overboard; your body will continue to grow over the next seven months and you’ll probably need to buy larger styles at a later date. Check out the latest in stretchy waistbands and flowing tops while you’re at it.

10 Weeks Pregnant: Ask Your Doctor

  • Call your doctor right away for heavy bleeding or pain other than mild cramping.

  • If you’ve decided on first trimester genetic testing, 10 weeks may be the ideal time to have it taken care of. Genetic testing isn’t for everyone; in fact, it’s completely optional. Talk to your doctor or consult a genetic counselor to decide if you’re a candidate based on risk factors and your family’s history. For example, the Chorionic Villus Sampling test (CVS) usually takes place between the 10th and 12th weeks of pregnancy.
    Amniocentesis happens later; it is usually scheduled for some time between the 15th and 18th week. You may also want to ask your doctor about a noninvasive blood test for determining gender. This may take place at any time after seven weeks.

10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet

Improve your blood flow by walking, elevating your legs, or lying on your left side

Get plenty of sleep and rest

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10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist

Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet

Improve your blood flow by walking, elevating your legs, or lying on your left side

Get plenty of sleep and rest

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