7 Weeks Pregnant

Being 7 weeks pregnant can cause a whole range of symptoms. Some are no biggie and some can make it difficult to get through your day. Your uterus has doubled in size over the past five weeks. Eating may not be quite as easy as it used to be because of nausea. You may also start craving certain foods, even some that you previously didn’t like. This is normal, as long as you ensure that your diet remains balanced.

  1. Nausea Morning sickness may be going strong at week 7 of pregnancy. Hang in there, and try to find ways to cope. Some moms-to-be have success with ginger, Vitamin B-6, and acupressure wristbands easing their tummy troubles. When your hormones become more normal in the second trimester, the nausea should decrease or even disappear. Moms-to-be who are 7 weeks pregnant with twins may be more likely to have nausea and vomiting, since they likely have heightened levels of the hormones that cause morning sickness.
  2. Food cravings and/or aversions You may find yourself with the urge to eat specific or even weird foods—or not wanting to go anywhere near certain foods you used to think were fine (or even delicious!). Food aversions are nature’s way of keeping you away from potentially dangerous foods, and typically go hand-in-hand with morning sickness. It’s okay to give in to your cravings and indulge here and there. But try not to go too crazy, and make healthy food choices when you can.
  3. Frequent urination Frequent urination is common as your blood volume increases, additional weight on your bladder causes pressure and the kidneys are filtrating extra fluid. Even though you probably don’t look pregnant yet, your uterus has already doubled in size, and you also have increased blood flow to your pelvis.
  4. Acne Breakouts are due to hormonal changes in your body. Before you use any acne fighting products, check with your doctor to make sure they’re safe during pregnancy.
  5. Extra saliva Here’s a symptom you never expected! The excess saliva is probably also hormonally triggered and could be related to nausea too.
  6. Mood swings Not only are your hormones out of whack, but you’re probably still getting used to the idea of being pregnant, and that can make you become extra emotional.
  7. Cramping and/or spotting Cramping in early pregnancy is normal. After all, there’s a lot happening inside your uterus, and even though it will be several weeks before you feel baby move, you can certainly feel plenty of cramping and pulling at this point in your pregnancy. Also, your cervix may be more sensitive now that you’re pregnant, so spotting at 7 weeks could happen after sex. These two pregnancy symptoms can be alarming, but know that in most cases, they’re not a sign of ectopic pregnancy or other types of miscarriage. If you were to have abdominal pain worse than typical menstrual cramps or bleeding during pregnancy at 7 weeks that’s heavier than a period, that would be a cause of worry, and you should call your doctor right away.

At 7 weeks pregnant, you may very well have no symptoms at all. If that’s the case, consider yourself lucky! Some moms-to-be worry that having no symptoms at 7 weeks could be a sign of a problem, but it’s absolutely not. We’ll keep reminding you that every woman experiences pregnancy slightly differently. If you have any concerns, definitely bring them up to your OB, but unless your symptoms at 7 weeks pregnant are severe or painful, it’s all likely normal.

Development of Baby

One of the major changes occurring in your body during the seventh week is that a mucous plug starts developing in your cervix. This plug is formed in the opening of the cervical canal to seal off the uterus and protect it against infection. The plug will eventually be expelled when labour and childbirth are imminent.

Your baby is beginning to take shape. Her little hands and feet, resembling paddles at this stage, begin to grow. The embryonic ‘tail’ becomes smaller.

The embryo is generating about one hundred new brain cells each minute. And not only is baby’s brain becoming more complex, but the heart is too. Also important: Baby’s developing a permanent set of kidneys, and arm and leg joints are now forming as well.

Your baby is about the size of a blueberry or a chickpea.

Your baby has also developed a pancreas and appendix to aid in digestion.

Advice

Urinate as often as you feel the need to, as holding in urine is not good for the bladder.

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