You are almost through your first trimester! Here is what you should expect this week.
Pregnancy Week 10: What changes are occurring with your body?
Your uterus has continued to grow, but you still are probably not showing at this time. Some of you may be ready to share with everyone that you are pregnant, while others may still be adjusting to the idea of being pregnant. It is important to be open about your feelings with both your partner and your health care provider.*
Pregnancy Week 10: What is happening with your baby?
This is the beginning of the fetal period when your baby’s organs continue to grow and mature. The majority of his/her vital organs, kidneys, liver, brain, and lungs are functioning, but will continue to mature throughout the remainder of your pregnancy.
Your baby’s head makes up half the length of the body, and there is a bulge in the forehead allowing for brain development. Fingernails, toenails, and hair will begin to become visible this week. The fingers are no longer webbed. The baby is actively swallowing amniotic fluid and kicking his/her legs.
Pregnancy Week 10: How big is your baby?
Your baby is a little over 2 inches long, about the size of a lime, and weighs about a quarter of an ounce.*
Pregnancy Week 10: What should you plan for this week?
Your second prenatal visit will occur between weeks 12 and 16. During this visit your healthcare provider may perform an ultrasound/sonogram allowing you to see your baby for the first time. Some women elect to obtain a commemorative sonogram photo. Before doing this, check the commercial sonogram safety checklist and discuss this with your health care provider. Your doctor may use a Doppler stethoscope to detect your baby’s heartbeat.
Your doctor may also discuss "quickening" with you. Quickening is the first fetal movement felt by the mother. This is often described as "flutters" and might be felt as early as 13-16 weeks.
Pregnancy Week 10: Tips for making your pregnancy better
If you are experiencing morning sickness at all, take a look at our articles on morning sickness to learn how to manage it better. Hopefully it will begin to lessen in the coming weeks.
Even though you are pregnant, there are a wide variety of activities that you can participate in to stay in shape. Whether you were active before pregnancy or not, you need to consult with your health care provider on what kinds of activities are best suited for you. Many healthcare providers recommend walking and swimming because they are low impact exercises that can be used throughout the entire pregnancy.
Pregnancy Week 10: Tips for mom’s partner
Mom will be encouraged to exercise on a regular basis. Talk with her and see if there are exercises or activities that the two of you can do together.
Some activities you can do as a couple include:
The important thing is that you are spending time together while exercising.