What’s happening in week ten
Amazingly………! You are near to the end of your first trimester of pregnancy but you still have another 30 weeks or more to experience all symptoms that pregnancy has to offer. But every women facing different pregnancy experiences. Lots of couples wait until after the 1st trimester has passed when the risk of miscarriage is reduced to give this good news to their family members.This the time when you do some research into childbirth education classes, which may be very helpful afterwards so you may need to registered yourself and there can be waiting lists.
At a glance
- In this week baby’s jawbones are beginning to form.
- When doctor see your baby on an ultrasound scan at 10 weeks, they will be making jerky movements and bobbing about. But you still won’t feel it now.
- Baby is big now 3.1cm in length and weight 4 grams and in fruit term is as big as strawberry.
- Your baby’s fingers and toes are clearly formed by week 10.
- If your baby is a boy, his testicles are already doing their thing and producing testosterone, the all important male sex hormone.
Your baby at week ten
Baby grows day by day and at this week he/she is 3.1 centimeters in length. All of his/her major internal organs etc heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and intestines are formed and functional, but all of these organs are just tiny. Baby’s inner and outer ear, tooth buds and eyes are all fully developed. His/her little heart is now fully formed, and beating two to three times faster than yours. At this week baby is able to bend its little fingers and his/her eyebrows are beginning to grow this week. Your baby will grow 30-fold in weight and triple in length from the date of conception.
“Lanugo” is a layer of fine hair covering your baby’s body is now developing. Head of baby is still large in proportion to the rest of its body, but from this week onward his/her neck and all of the bones in its face are formed. This means that you would be able to see their features much more clearly with an ultrasound.
You at ten weeks pregnant
- First trimester is nearly to end but still most mums-to-be experience a bit of anxiety or worry early in pregnancy and specially feeling a bit down this week.
- Early pregnancy symptoms like nausea and tiredness is still hanging around and mothers still have no idea how to cope with them.
- Pregnancy increases your body temperature there by making you more prone to dehydration and also keep an eye on your blood pressure because it fluctuates now and then.
- Pregnant women need about 79 grams of protein in their daily diet to help build bones, muscles and skin for baby. Eat protein rich food like eggs, lean meat, milk and pulses.
- Many women facing swelling in their face and hands and even on foot which is quite normal but some doctors suggest you to take the liver function test.
- Pregnant women nipples may have grown larger and become darker. They may also find you have small pimples forming around your areola. These are known as Montgomery’s Tubercles and will help to prepare mother’s nipples for breastfeeding. Don’t touch and squeeze them or try to get rid of them. They do have a purpose, unlike the ones which may be cropping up on your face.
- You may feel occasional cramps on legs and abdomen and also lower abdominal pains. This is normal and can feel similar to pre-menstrual discomfort and heaviness. However, if you find they are always present, you are having any vaginal bleeding or you are concerned, check with your midwife or doctor.
- You will probably find your vaginal discharge has increased by now. This is normal throughout pregnancy and unless it is offensive smelling or becomes yellow or irritating, don’t be concerned. Many pregnant women use pants liners and find them helpful, so consult to your doctor otherwise it causes internal infection which is very common in pregnancy.
- You might find you can see your blue visible veins more clearly, especially across your breasts and legs. Your legs may ache if you’ve been standing for a while and you could want to sit down more. Try to put your legs up when you can and rest them on a chair or footrest.
- It’s still too early to see or feel your expanding uterus through your abdominal wall. It is still protected behind your pubic bone when you are 10 weeks pregnant and won’t start lifting up and out until after your 12th week.
- Avoid alcohol, giving up smoking, changes in your appetite just because that it is not healthy for your baby.
- Do some experimenting with herbal teas in place of your usual caffeinated tea and coffee. They are generally better for you and are a pleasant alternative if you are feeling turned off by your usual hot drinks.
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