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10 weeks pregnant

Katie de Klee
All you need to know at this pregnancy stage, what changes to expect, and some great tips for the week ahead.
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5 things to look forward to 10 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby is growing fingernails.
2.     Elastic waistbands are now your friends.
3.     An achy abdomen.
4.     Visible veins.
5.     Your uterus has grown to the size of a grapefruit.

How your life will change this week:
By now there is no doubt that your body is changing. Not just on the inside with your baby, but on the outside too. You probably aren’t showing much, but you may notice that your clothes feel tighter as your belly expands. Your uterus is now about the size of a grapefruit. Your breasts will keep growing and you may need to move up in bra size a few times as your pregnancy progresses. You might also notice that your veins are visible through your skin round about now. This is because your body is carrying extra blood to take to your baby. An increase of blood to your pelvic area means heightened sensitivity when you make love, and an increase in vaginal discharge.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your body might be changing quickly, but it’s nowhere near as fast as the speed that your baby is developing. Your baby will be around 3.1cm long now, from crown to rump, and weighing almost 3g. By week 10 your baby is starting to grow fingernails and tiny teeth in their gums. Arms can bend at the elbows and there are little dimples on your baby’s legs where knees and ankles will be. Your baby’s organs are functioning too – the stomach and kidneys are producing digestive juices and urine. Your  baby will be pretty active by now, though you won’t be able to feel it flexing and kicking because of the amniotic fluid that cushions it.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Buy yourself your first few items of maternity clothing.
  • Do some gentle exercise – it can energise you and help you sleep better at night.
  • Speak to friends who have experienced early pregnancy, so you know you’re not alone.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
If you’re troubled with constipation, eat plenty of fibre. Dried fruit is an easy snack during the day and it’s packed with fibre – keep some in your handbag or in your desk at work.

Curious about next week?  
Click here to find out what happens next week… And the week after.

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BabyGroup says:
This article has been checked by Andrea Klinkenberg, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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