10 Weeks Pregnant


At week 10, your uterus has grown from the size of a small pear to the size of a grapefruit. Exercise is important during pregnancy. It will help your body prepare for the physical stress of labour and to carry the extra weight. It may also help you get back into shape after your baby’s birth. Swimming and walking are exercises that you could usually do for the whole nine months. Be sure to consult your healthcare practitioner before beginning any exercise programme.

As baby grows, your ligaments and muscles are starting to stretch inside your 10 weeks pregnant belly, your breasts are getting bigger, and some other radical changes may be happening. Here are some of the most common 10 weeks pregnant symptoms-

  1. Round ligament pain Don’t be surprised if you start feeling some aches and pains in your abdomen as it stretches to accommodate your growing baby. While some moms-to-be don’t really get or notice them, others find these sensations—called “round ligament pain”— well, downright painful. If you’re 10 weeks pregnant with twins, round ligament pain could be even more noticeable. Let your OB know if your discomfort is intense or if you’re worried in any way about your 10 weeks pregnant symptoms.
  2. Growing breasts Your breasts have probably gotten bigger by week 10 of pregnancy, since they’ve been prepping for breastfeeding for weeks already!
  3. Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting are pretty common at 10 weeks pregnant. The good news is, they’ll likely subside soon after you hit the second trimester.
  4. Mood swings Changes in your hormones may be to blame for a roller coaster of emotions.
  5. Fatigue You’re zapped. Here’s why: Not only is your body working really hard to grow baby, but your sleep might be disrupted by some pretty weird dreams.
  6. Increased vaginal discharge An increased blood flow to your vagina coupled with an increase in estrogen production could cause more of a clear, odorless discharge called leukorrhea. Might seem a little gross, but this substance is simply nature’s way of getting rid of bacteria. If it’s colored, tinged with blood, has a foul odor, or causes discomfort, however, call your doctor. Those could be something else.
  7. Visible veins Those blue streaks serve an important purpose: They’re carrying a ton of extra blood to baby.

Development of Baby

This week 10 marks the beginning of the fotal period, when tissues and organs in the body grow and mature rapidly.

By now the baby is as big as a strawberry, measuring about 1.2 inches long and weighing about .14 ounces. His or her body length will be almost double in the next three weeks.

Your baby’s heartbeat may be heard by means of a handheld ultrasound device called a Doppler stethoscope. Your healthcare practitioner may let you listen to the heartbeat at your next antenatal visit.

Your baby will now be able to swallow fluid as well as bend and flex limbs. Her organs start to function independently.

The outline of the spine is visible through translucent skin and spinal nerves are beginning to extend from the spinal cord.

The baby has working arm joints, and cartilage and bones are forming. His or her vital organs are fully developed and they’re starting to function. Fingernails and hair are starting to appear too.

Can you feel the baby’s busy practicing swallowing and kicking inside your belly!

Advice

10 weeks is an important time if you’ve decided to have some first trimester genetic testing. Genetic testing is optional; which ones you choose to get or not get … is up to you. But a genetic counselor can help you decide based on your family history and risk factors.

The Nuchal Translucency Screening (NT Scan) typically happens between weeks 10 and 14; it tests your fetus for risk of Down syndrome and several other chromosomal abnormalities. For it, you’ll have a painless ultrasound, and baby’s nuchal fold (back of the neck) will be measured for signs of abnormality. The NTS is typically done as part of a “First Trimester Screen” where your blood is tested and your risk is assessed based on the results of both the ultrasound and the blood test.

A cell-free fetal DNA test, also known as a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a blood test given at week 10 or later. It screens mom’s blood for signs of risk for Down syndrome, Edward Syndrome, Patau Syndrome, and other chromosomal abnormalities.

Other, more invasive tests, the CVS and amniocentesis, can be used to diagnose abnormalities as well. They’re typically performed if you have a higher risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality, whether based on family history, risk factors, or NTS or NIPT results. The CVS (chorionic villus sampling), given between weeks 10 and 12, uses an ultrasound to determine the placenta’s location. Then, using ultrasound as a guide, the doctor either uses a speculum inserted into your cervix or a needle through your belly to collect cells from the placenta. Those cells are tested for genetic abnormalities.

If you opt for amniocentesis, you’ll schedule it for between weeks 15 and 20.

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First Trimester (Week 1 – Week 13)