What's happening in week 10 of your pregnancy
You are now 10 weeks into your pregnancy and things are really moving along!
At a glance
- Your baby's jawbones are beginning to form
- Your baby's little heart is now fully formed
- Do your research now so you can make informed decisions later
How big is my baby at 10 weeks?
Your baby is continuing to grow and develop into a real little person! Their jawbones are beginning to form, and, amazingly, they contain their future milk teeth already. Your baby's little heart is now fully formed, and beating two to three times faster than yours. If you see your baby on an ultrasound scan at 10 weeks, they will be making jerky movements and bobbing about!
Facts to know about your baby in week 10
- Your baby will start to use one hand more than the other, the same one they'll prefer to use after birth
- All of your baby's major organs (the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and intestines) are formed and functional they're just tiny!
- By now your baby is able to bend its fingers
- Your baby's eyebrows are beginning to grow
- Your baby will grow 30-fold in weight and triple in length
You at 10 weeks pregnant
By week 10 of pregnancy you may start to notice a little bump appearing. Your baby is growing so your ligaments and muscles are starting to stretch to make room, and you may find your breasts are getting bigger if they haven't already.
You might find the enormity of what is happening beginning to hit you now – and this is entirely normal. Most mums-to-be experience a bit of anxiety or worry early in pregnancy. This could be fears about your growing baby, or concerns about how life is going to change. Everyone goes through it, but do speak to your midwife if things are playing on your mind.
If your morning sickness and exhaustion are wearing off a bit now, you might feel more like taking some gentle exercise – it's important to stay as fit an active as you can throughout pregnancy, both for you and your baby's well-being. Check out our exercise in pregnancy pages for some top tips and advice.
Facts to know about you in week 10
- Pregnancy increases your body temperature thereby making you more prone to dehydration
- You need about 79 grams of protein daily to help build bones, muscles and skin for your baby. Eat eggs, lean meat, milk and pulses
What to think about in week 10
You and your partner probably have so many plans and things you need to do before your baby is born - so now is the time to start making lists and working out your priorities!
If you do need to think about major house renovations, or re-decorating, or even a big move, think carefully about the practicalities and the timescales involved - you won't want to be loading up a moving van on your due date, or bringing a new baby home into a house that's more building site than des res!
If you are planning to relocate, or are looking for a larger property locally, you now have another consideration for your wish list - good nursery, childcare and school provisions! Ask around for recommendations - and remember this kind of forward planning can never start too early!
Signs and symptoms
Don’t be surprised if on occasions you feel faint or have a bout of dizziness even at this early stage of your pregnancy. With all that blood-pumping round your body you’re bound to feel the effects. In the first trimester, the hormone progesterone may cause your blood pressure to drop because it’s causing the walls of your blood vessels to relax. Keeping hydrated is important and doesn’t hurt to carry a snack round with you to boost your blood sugar if you feel faint. If you’re feeling very light-headed be sure to sit down or lie down to avoid falling down should you actually faint. It will pass as quickly as it came.
Usually beginning on your breasts, veins can appear a lot more visible during your pregnancy. You may not be that happy that parts of you begin to look like a roadmap but remember these veins are playing a vital role in taking nutrients and blood to your baby. As much as 50% more blood can flow through you in pregnancy so your veins are definitely being forced to work harder than ever before. Rest assured they will fade over time and disappear completely, but right now they are hard at work.
Watch our videos below:
Video 1: Staying healthy during pregnancy
Video 2: The first scan (12 weeks)
Video 3: Pregnancy exercise from Nuffield Health
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