Pregnancy Week 10

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Pregnancy Week 10

Week 10 of pregnancy brings about notable developments in both you and your baby.

Baby's Growth and Development at 10 Weeks

At 10 weeks, the fetus is about the size of a strawberry, measuring approximately 3 to 3.5 cm in length from head to bottom. Despite being so small, your baby is rapidly growing and developing:

  • Major Organs: Your baby's heart, albeit tiny, is now fully formed and beginning to function. The heart beats at around 180 bpm which is about 2 or 3 times faster than your own heart.
  • Facial Features: Facial features are also becoming more pronounced. An upper lip is now visible along with two tiny nostrils. The ears are starting to develop on the sides of your baby's head, and the ear canals are forming inside. The jawbones are developing and already contain all the milk teeth.
  • Movement: Though still too slight to be felt by you, the fetus starts to make spontaneous, jerky movements which can be seen on an ultrasound scan.
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Your Body at Week 10

As an expectant mother, your body undergoes numerous changes during the 10th week:

  1. Hormonal Changes: Increased levels of pregnancy hormones such as hCG, progesterone, and estrogen continue to support the pregnancy and can cause noticeable symptoms.
  2. Uterus Size: Your uterus is now the size of a large grapefruit and may start to push your belly out slightly.
  3. Increased Blood Volume: Your body is producing more blood to support the growing fetus, which can lead to changes in blood pressure and increased heart rate.

Pregnancy Symptoms at Week 10

During the 10th week of pregnancy, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  1. Morning Sickness: Nausea and vomiting are common due to hormonal changes, and this will unfortunately continue for another 6 to 10 weeks.
  2. Fatigue: Increased progesterone levels and your body's extra effort to support the developing baby can lead to significant tiredness.
  3. Mood Swings: Emotional fluctuations are common due to hormonal changes and the psychological impact of pregnancy.
  4. Food Cravings and Aversions: You might find yourself drawn to specific foods or repulsed by others you previously enjoyed.
  5. Bloating and Constipation: Hormonal changes can slow down your digestive system, leading to these uncomfortable conditions.
  6. Increased Urination: The growing uterus puts pressure on your bladder, causing a need to urinate more frequently.
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Nurturing Your Pregnancy at Week 10

To support your pregnancy during this crucial stage:

  1. Prenatal Care: Continue with regular prenatal checkups. These visits allow your healthcare provider to monitor your health and your baby's progress.
  2. Nutrition: Focus on a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Ensure adequate intake of folic acid or folate, iron, and calcium.
  3. Immune System: You are more at risk of catching the flu at this time, so looking after your immune system is essential. Take it easy and consider taking a Liposomal Vitamin C supplement. Probiotics are also good.
  4. Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support increased blood volume.
  5. Exercise: Engage in moderate exercise like walking, swimming or prenatal yoga, as recommended by your healthcare provider. Taking part in some pregnancy classes is also good.
  6. Rest: Listen to your body and rest as needed. Good sleep is essential.

 

Screening for Abnormalities

At 10 weeks, you will be offered screening for the purposes of detecting conditions such as Down's Syndrome, Edwards' Syndrome and Patau's Syndrome.

 

Week 10 is a period of rapid growth and significant change. Remember, each pregnancy is unique, so it's important to stay in close contact with your doctor or midwife to address any concerns or questions you may have.

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