10 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms, Baby Development, and Tips!

10 Weeks Pregnant

A baby, in their 10th week after implantation, finally turns into a fetus. Congratulations!
The baby, this week, will measure 1.2 inches and weigh .14 ounces. To put things in perspective, this would be about the size of a ‘polly-pocket’. Isn’t this exciting!

So what else is happening to the baby in the 10th week of pregnancy?

1. Bighead

The head of the baby is now roughly half the length of its entire body which will become proportional later as the brain continues to develop.

2. Beating heart

The head of the baby is now roughly half the length of its entire body which will become proportional later as the brain continues to develop.

3. Bones and cartilage

With the development of the baby’s bones, their elbows and knees can bend.

4. Digestive progress

The tiny stomach has started creating digestive juices, and the kidneys ramp up up the flow of urine.

What is happening to a mother’s body in the 10th week of Pregnancy?

This could go two ways, either you go full wing or you experience nothing much at all. In either case, it’s all normal.

Here’s what is happening to a mother’s body in the 10th week of pregnancy:

1. Nausea and vomiting

Morning sickness is the most common symptom of pregnant women. It could be anything from food aversions, the sight, smell to even the thought of certain foods make you feel sick. However, the most important thing is to keep consuming healthy food and to stay hydrated.

2. Sore or swollen boobs

At this time, the Progesterone is kicking the milk ducts to high gears resulting in your breasts feeling tender and the bras tight. Don’t worry, this will calm down in the second trimester but will pick up again before birth.

3. Constipation

Constipation is one of the most common symptoms faced by expecting mothers, especially during the first trimester.

Needless to say, having to struggle with your bowel vowel movements while learning to accommodate an entire human being in your belly may not be a very pleasant feeling.

Hence, it is recommended to include a lot of fibrous foods like salads, raspberries, dried apricots, almonds to your diet. While fibre will help regulate the movements, do not undermine the importance of water and keep yourself hydrated through the day.

If you are on prenatal vitamins and your constipation happens to persist for too many days at once, you may also want to consult your doctor as some prenatal vitamins tend to contribute to constipation and disturbed bowel movements.

4. Lower back pain

With the hormones and the uterus expanding, the back muscles may have trouble adjusting. Try to sleep on your side to give your back a break.

5. Mood swings

You might at times feel a bit crankier and then weepier. These are all results of the adjusting hormones. Try getting enough rest, have healthy food, and avoid stressful situations.

6. Visible veins

With the increase in the blood, the nutrients get to the baby. This results in dry skin for the mother especially in the chest and the belly which make the veins visible. The visibility is due to the filled volume of blood but goes back to normal after the delivery.

7. Vaginal discharge

With being 10 weeks pregnant you will face vaginal dischargers. You need to know that this discharge is completely normal. However, if you are concerned, it’s better to consult a healthcare provider.

What would your belly look like in the 10th week of pregnancy?

10 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound Parenthoodbliss

By this time, you might have gained around 1 to 4 pounds by the end of the first trimester. In the second trimester, you will be gaining about a pound per week. Take the help of a doctor to help personalize the weight gain recommendations.

For some brownie points, here is a quick checklist to get your sailing through the 10th week of pregnancy:

Yes, you cannot skip this time, but what it’s worth, you are at least aware and are within your control. These measures could be as simple as wearing comfy bras, to even announcing the news to your loved ones.

1. Top tip: This is the best time to take pictures of your belly even if it isn’t showing yet. Letter Boards could be another fun and clever way to pin cute letters, but they certainly are not necessary. Taking pictures to help you document as well as understand the growth physically that turns out to be quite fascinating!

2. Telling work: With being near the end of the first trimester, you may now finally want to break the news at your workplace.

3. Gear to consider: Start to invest in a good maternity or nursing bra. These extra supports are helpful as you enter the second trimester as it starts to grow along your belly.

4. Recipes to try: Try new recipes that are healthy and have baby-building protein.

To Conclude:

Here are a few things to check out of the checklist created for your reference:

  • It’s time to review your employer’s maternity leave policy and plan accordingly
  • Plan your budget and the savings plan
  • Schedule appointment for 12-weeks prenatal visit
  • Purchase reliable maternity bras.

FAQs : 10 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect? Symptoms, Baby Development, and Tips!

1. Do I get a baby bump at 10-weeks ?

Yes! Baby bumps are first noticeable at 10-weeks. This is due to the growth of the uterus, muscles, and ligaments to accommodate the growing baby.

2. What size is a 10-week old fetus ?

The baby is still growing quickly! At 10 weeks, the fetus is about the size of a strawberry measured approximately an inch.

3. What should a baby be doing at 10-weeks ?

The baby will be filling out more, and their legs and arms are getting chubbier than expected which is perfectly normal. They will soon realize that they can use them and also that they can look and touch things at the same time.
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