10 WEEKS PREGNANT
If you’re wondering when your baby will start to show, well, it should be right about now!
Your clothes and bra should also start to feel tighter and soon you won’t be able to fit into them.
Even if you could fit into them, it might not be wise to do so especially if you’re suffering from morning sickness, since tighter clothings and tighter bra would make you feel really uncomfortable and could exacerbate your nausea.
This is also a good time to start looking for your maternity wear. Don’t go crazy on the shopping though, because your body will continue to change in size over the next seven months.
10 WEEKS BABY SIZE
How big is baby at 10 weeks? Your baby is the size of a strawberry, which is about 32mm (3.2cm). The current weight of your baby is about 4grams (0.004kg).
10 WEEKS PREGNANT WEIGHT GAIN
You are still in your first trimester, so you do not need to gain much weight. By the end of the first trimester (week 12), you should be expected to gain anywhere between 0.5kg to 2kg.
10 WEEKS PREGNANT SYMPTOMS
Your body is undergoing major changes at this point as your clothes begin to feel too small and your breasts is stretching at the seams.
Being 10 weeks pregnant, here are some signs and symptom that your body might be experiencing:
- Bigger breasts. At this point, your breasts have grown considerably as your body prepares it for lactation. In fact, they have been doing so since you got pregnant!
- Round ligament pain. Several thick ligaments surround and support your womb as it grows during pregnancy. As your womb stretches to accommodate the growing foetus, your muscles and round ligament start to stretch, causing it to become strained. This is often felt as a sharp pain or jabbing feeling in the lower belly or groin area. While it can be concerning, this is considered normal. Should you not be able to deal with the pain, let your doctor know.
- Fatigue. Yes, fatigue is not about to leave anytime soon since your body is working hard to nurture the baby, so do get sufficient rest along the way.
- Morning Sickness. The pregnancy hormones are still out in full force as you experience nasty bouts of nausea and vomiting. The good news is that it will most probably go away when you reach your second trimester.
- Vaginal discharge. Your body during pregnancy has stepped up the production of estrogen, which increases blood flow to the pelvic area and in turn stimulates the body’s mucous membrances. This could cause a clear, odourless discharge called leukorrhea. This is similar to the vaginal discharge in between periods, only heavier, and is nature’s way of getting rid of bacteria. However if it is coloured (yellowish or greenish) and has a foul odour, call your doctor as you may have an infection that requires treatment.
You might want to wear looser clothings and bra to make yourself feel more comfortable, especially if you suffer from bad morning sickness.
10 WEEKS THE PREGNANT BELLY
You should be getting a little baby bump now as your baby continues his or her rapid growth.
While you still might not look pregnant to your friends, you might need to start looking for loose fitting clothes around this time.
Right now you should be in between regular and maternity clothes, so pants or skirts with elastic waistbands should provide you some relief.
If you are pregnant with twins, your baby bump will be slightly bigger, so you need to take action sooner regarding the clothings. The last thing you want is to fret over your tight fitting clothings.
While people may not as yet give up their seat to you on public transport, stay safe and hold onto the handrails at all times, even if you think you are in a stable position. Alternatives to public transport which are light on the pocket include car sharing or hitch services, and express bus services where you are guaranteed a seat, should be considered.
You should also get some exercise in to strengthen your body as this can help you with the pregnancy. Swimming, brisk walking, low impact aerobics and indoor cycling are some exercises a pregnant mum could do.
You can also do kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles that help hold up the uterus, bladder and bowels, which would help you during the delivery.
HOW IS MY BABY 10 WEEKS PREGNANT?
Your baby can now swallow and is practising kicking in your womb, though you might not feel the kicking just as yet.
The vital organs including the brain, kidneys, intestines and liver are now formed and are starting to function, though it will continue developing throughout the course of your pregnancy.
If you could look inside your womb, you will also see that your baby is starting to have tiny nails and the first hint of hair.
The hands and feet are no longer like paddles and you will be able to see fingers and toes.
You will also see that your baby now has a large forehead which measures about half the length of the body, and this is because of the developing brain.
WHAT TO DO AT 10 WEEKS PREGNANT
Reminders for the week:
- Buy maternity bras and underwear
- Look for loose fitting clothes
- Exercise to strengthen the body for the duration of the pregnancy
- Photograph your bump (start creating a pregnancy album)
- Get into the habit of eating a nutrient rich breakfast