You and Your Baby at Week 10 of Your Pregnancy

Your baby is the size of a strawberry!

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You and Your Baby at Week 10 of Your Pregnancy

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Week 10 of pregnancy brings about notable developments in both you and your baby. You might be feeling more yourself by week 10 but if you're not then know that you might start to have more energy in the next few weeks.

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. It beats at around 180 bpm, which is about two or three 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. Beginning to show a baby bump is entirely dependent on your individual body shape, so don't be surprised if there is no baby bump yet.
  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. There is no set time as to when sickness may stop but many women notice a difference by the time they enter the second trimester. If you continue feeling sick then be sure to check in with your GP for further support.
  2. Fatigue: Increased progesterone levels and your body's extra effort to support the developing baby can lead to significant tiredness. Rest up and take it easy if you can!
  3. Mood Swings: Emotional fluctuations are common due to hormonal changes and the psychological impact of pregnancy. This is all totally normal despite it being confusing to have a rapidly changing mood.
  4. Food Cravings and Aversions: You might find yourself drawn to specific foods or repulsed by others you previously enjoyed. Go with your instincts and eat whatever feels best!
  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.

Nurturing Your Pregnancy at Week 10

To support your pregnancy at week 10:

  1. Nutrition: Focus on a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Ensure a daily intake of folic acid supplements alongside a healthy diet.
  2. Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support increased blood volume.
  3. Exercise: As recommended by your healthcare provider, engage in moderate exercise like walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga. It is also good to take part in some pregnancy yoga classes.
  4. Rest: Listen to your body and rest as needed. You may experience insomnia at this stage of pregnancy so while sleep might not be easy, take as much as you can get.

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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