Your baby's as big as a blueberry!
your baby this week:
Can you believe your little one has doubled in size since week six? By week seven, your baby's arms and legs are more developed, and veins are forming underneath fragile, translucent skin. Nasal pits are beginning to appear, and teeny, little hands and feet are taking shape. There is an appendix, pancreas, liver, and intestines. The eyes are cultivating the lens, cornea, pupil, iris, and retina; and the brain is producing about 200,000 new cells per minute. It's a big week for growth!
Your baby's genital tubercle is present too; and though the sex was decided at conception, it's not yet visually obvious if you're having a boy or girl. On a positive note, that tiny tail extension on your baby's tailbone is becoming smaller and smaller. In a few weeks, it will be entirely gone.
Do you feel like you're developing split personalities? Happy and composed one minute, crying and overwhelmed the next, your fluctuating pregnancy hormones are responsible for every radically changing emotion, and more. Now that they've turned you into an emotionally delicate Drama Queen with tremendously hypersensitive breasts, they will try to hijack your smooth complexion with a bout of acne. It will be super fun.
Your uterus has doubled in size; and though you aren’t showing yet, your pants may feel snug. Due to the increased blood volume and the fact that your larger uterus's is now pressing down on your bladder, you may feel the need to urinate more than usual.
In addition to morning sickness – hang in there, your nauseous woes will wane around week 14 - some women will notice an increase in their saliva, too. This is called ptyalism, and eating plain, dry crackers should help minimize this nuisance.
It's common during the early stages of pregnancy to experience cramping or notice light spotting in your underpants or on toilet paper after urinating. However, if you're experiencing severe abdominal pain, or the spotting increases to something more akin to a heavy period, you should contact your midwife or doctor immediately to determine if you're experiencing the first signs of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
Other common ailments some expecting moms will unavoidably experience include gag-inducing smells, constipation, and heartburn also called acid indigestion or acid reflux). If your partner, pet, or home suddenly smells nasty, just know this too shall pass.
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
You'd be happy if you didn't feel so terrible. Doctors can't say precisely what causes the nausea, as many things are contributing to your queasiness, like your sudden sensitivity to smells and slowly moving digestive system. To alleviate your unsettled stomach, there are a few things you can try that might help. Even though the last thing that you may feel like doing is eating; but in this case, eating something every two hours or so, even squirrelling snacks by your bedside for any middle-of-the-night waking, will help you always keep something nutritious in your stomach, which may keep your sick feeling at bay. Stay hydrated. If you can't keep anything down, talk to your doctor about the available medications, or which a B6 supplement they recommend.
Listen to your cravings (unless your craving raw sushi or an alcoholic beverage, in which case you should not listen). There is a reason you crave whatever you crave, and chances are you'll keep it down better than anything you must force yourself to eat. Do not consume anything that isn’t meant to be eaten. If you're craving non-food items, like dirt or laundry detergent, talk to your doctor as this could be a sign of an iron deficiency.
If your skin is acting up and you are considering anything to help clear it, be sure to avoid any new facial products. Your skin is extremely sensitive and reactive right now, and you may discover that this new product actually causes more irritation and breakouts than you've bargained for. Continue washing your face twice a day, use a gentle moisturizer. If you need sunscreen, use the SPF products your skin is already accustomed with.
And don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal, along the way.
As your body continues to rapidly change, it can be tough to know if you're symptoms are normal, or if they are concerns you should call your midwife or doctor about. Trust your gut instincts, and never be afraid to ask a healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. This week, the commonly experienced symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Morning sickness, increased saliva, nausea, or vomiting
- Food cravings and/or aversions
- Frequent urination
- Amplified sense of smell
- Mood swings
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