What's happening in week seven
Seven weeks in and your unborn baby is coming on in leaps and bounds.
At a glance
- Your baby is now the size of a little bean
- Try to avoid being around people who are unwell in these early weeks
- You need to be cautious around certain animals at this point too
How big is my baby at seven weeks?
Size-wise, your baby is now about 1cm in size and not much bigger than a little bean, bobbing around in your womb.
Your baby is continuing to grow at a remarkable pace, its embryonic form is slowly starting to transform into an actual little person, with emerging arm and leg buds, and a beating heart – how amazing? They also have a tiny tail – but that will soon disappear!
Amazingly your baby has already gone through three sets of kidneys by week 7, but this week they’ll start developing their final set which will be ready for waste management. In the coming weeks your baby will start to produce urine which will form part of the amniotic fluid.
You at seven weeks pregnant
Seven weeks in, you might be coming to terms with, (or still awaiting!) the nausea on waking, or the other earlier signs of pregnancy. It can be a lot to take in, especially if you have chosen not to let others in on your secret until after your 12 week scan.
Try to avoid being around people who are unwell in these early weeks – some illnesses such as rubella and parvovirus (also known as slapped cheek disease) are mainly picked up by coming into contact with children – so take care! You should also be very cautious around certain animals during pregnancy, too – ewes and lambs in particular can carry an infection which causes miscarriage, and cat litter trays (cat poo, basically) can cause toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.
Your rubella (German measles) immunity will be checked at your booking in appointment, but do let your GP or midwife know as soon as possible if you have come into contact with anyone with German measles or any other illnesses.
What to think about in week seven
When will your little one be arriving? You can get a better idea of your due date before your dating scan by using our pregnancy due date calculator on Bounty.com. This is a good way to begin ensuring you have everything in place for your baby's exciting arrival!
You'll be having your booking appointment with your GP or midwife very soon, if you haven't already done so. Think about any questions you might want to ask them, or things you might need to make them aware of - remember, nothing will seem like a 'silly' or irrelevant query to them (and whatever it might be, it almost certainly will not be the first time they have been asked it!)
At your first midwife appointment, you might be asked for some family health history information - do you need to speak to your parents or get any information together for this? What about your partner's health and family history?
As early as it is in your pregnancy, it’s never too early to get in a gentle but active routine to carry through your pregnancy.
Some great ways to enjoy being active that you can carry through your pregnancy are swimming, walking and yoga. Not only do they help your fitness levels, they also give you an energy boost, and keep you supple. Some gyms run special sessions for pregnant women, so have a look at what is available to you locally, or ask your midwife if she knows of any ante-natal exercise classes.
You may also be thinking about what you’re eating and what is best to eat now you’re expecting.
Whilst there are foods you should avoid, try to avoid consuming foods with high fat content and sugars, and instead increase your intake of fruit and fibrous foods such as bran and oatmeal cereals and vegetables like peas, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.
You may also notice some changes in your pregnancy skin, but bear in mind this is very common. The reason your skin goes through such changes in pregnancy is mainly because due to the varying the levels of hormones in your body, (remember puberty and pimples?). But the good news is most of these changes settle down later on in pregnancy and disappear soon after your baby is born.
It’s not uncommon for your skin to darken during pregnancy, especially around your nipples, moles and freckles. Patches or pigmentation caused by your body making extra melanin – the tanning hormone- can also cause brown patches on your forehead, cheeks and neck. Being in the sun will darken the patches, so always wear an SPF of 15 or more. Speak to a doctor if your moles change a lot though, to quickly rule out melanoma.
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