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7 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 at 7 weeks pregnant:
1.     Your baby’s tongue is forming.
2.     Your taste in food may be changing – a chance to try things that wouldn’t normally appeal to you.
3.     More morning sickness, but now at least you know what to expect.
4.     Frequent trips to the loo: a chance to catch your breath.
5.     Starting to think about your baby’s room.
How your life will change this week:
At this stage, it may feel like your body is totally out of your control. Your tiny little baby is already calling the shots, and they’re barely the size of your fingertip! The hormones that are making your body a hospitable place for your baby to grow may be making you feel less than wonderful. Don’t worry, this is totally normal – we’ve all experienced it. Your breasts will probably be feeling tender and growing because of an increase in their blood supply and fat. Some women (and their partners) say this is their favourite part of pregnancy! Buy a good bra as soon as you feel you need a different size, it can help with stretch marks down the line and is a good excuse for some lovely new lingerie.

From this week, you might notice your taste buds changing (temporarily). You may feel aversions to things you normally like, or crave things you never eat. This can be pretty exciting – for many women, this is the only time in their lives they don’t crave chocolate! If meat doesn’t appeal to you, you might want to try alternative protein sources. Quinoa is a high-protein grain that is easy to digest, perhaps try a quinoa salad for dinner one day this week?

The pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) will now start increasing the flow of blood to your pelvic area. This may make you feel more sensitive when you make love (never a bad thing), but you’ll probably feel like you need to urinate more often (potentially irritating). This is one aspect of pregnancy that’s going to stick around for the next few months, so try to look at your frequent trips to the loo as moments to catch your breath and have a little quiet time. Also avoid coffee, even decaf (it is a diuretic) but make sure you still drink plenty of water.

Your baby’s development this week:
Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry, measuring around 1cm. For the next few months your baby will be developing and growing at an impressive rate. They now have tiny webbed fingers and toes. Eyelids are forming over your baby’s eyes and the mouth is developing a tongue and a palate. Organs that are already developed are becoming more sophisticated. Your baby’s liver will produce red blood cells until the bone marrow has formed and can take over the job.

This week’s To Do list:
  • Buy a nice new bra.
  • Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
  • Start putting aside some money for decorating your baby’s room.
If you have 5 minutes… Pregnancy top tip.
If you are finding it hard to keep food down, try snacking on small portions of simple food at regular intervals.

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