When you reach the 10 week phase, your baby is a recognized fetus. There is every chance that you may be also be experiencing lower back pain which is not uncommon even at this early stage in pregnancy.
Your 10 Week Fetus
This is the specific time that your baby has changed its status from being classified as an embryo to now being known as a fetus. The difference anatomically is that all of the vital organs have been formed along with many other vital areas. But what else is happening at 10 weeks?
What Size is a 10 Week Baby?
By the time you reach the 10 week stage, your baby will be the same size as the original Polly Pocket. That means it will be approximately 1.2 inches in length and 0.14 ounces in weight at this current time.
The 10 Week Baby Development
- Head – At this stage, the head of your baby is almost half the length of its body. The proportions will alter at a later stage, but the brain is growing and developing well.
- Heart – Already, the heart has developed completely but beats two to three times faster than its mothers’ heart in order for all of the blood to flow around its rapidly growing, developing and changing body.
- Bones and cartilage – 10 weeks sees the development of bones and cartilage. This means that joins are starting to become evident in their development, so knees and elbows will soon start to bend.
- Digestion – The stomach of your baby has already begun creating digestive juices at just 10 weeks old, along with kidneys increasing the urine flow rapidly.
Symptoms of being 10 Weeks Pregnant
The range of symptoms at this time of your pregnancy can either be very minimal or very full-on. Feeling either end of this range is completely normal. There is no stereotypical feeling for a 10 week pregnant woman. As part of a reassurance, let’s take a look at the most common symptoms of being 10 weeks pregnant which are experienced by a large percentage of women at this stage:
- Nausea and vomiting – There is every chance that despite being 10 weeks in, morning sickness could still rule your life. There may also be specific foods, smells or visual stimulants that make you feel very sick or even cause you to be sick. It doesn’t matter if you are having cravings and eating the same thing repeatedly. The main concern is that you are able to eat food and keep food down, no matter what it is, so that you are able to feed yourself and the baby, as well as remain well hydrated.
- Sore and swollen breasts – Your breasts are likely to become tender and your bras will feel tighter due to your milk ducts going into overdrive with the amount of progesterone they are producing for your milk ducts to start working. The second trimester sees this calm down, though it will be a common issue again as you get closer to birth.
- Constipation – One of the most common symptoms of being in your first trimester is having constipation. The best way to get around this is to find as many fiber-rich foods as you can stomach and continue to graze on them throughout the day as often as possible. Good examples of these can be almonds, apricots, and raspberries, but there are many more options available. Drinking water is essential for fiber to work to the best of its ability and enable you to go to the toilet more easily. You want to avoid getting hemorrhoids too. Sometimes, prenatal vitamins can be the best way forward for women suffering from toilet related issues during pregnancy. If this is the case for you, then have a discussion with your medical professional and see if you can find the best solution for you. It is good to know that prenatal vitamins with a high iron content can actually make you more constipated not less so, so this is not always the best solution, but your doctor will be able to advise you.
- Sore back – Having pain in your lower back at any stage during pregnancy is hugely common. This is caused by the change or increase in hormonal activity, as well as the uterus expanding in order to make room for your baby as it grows. It is difficult for your back muscles to adjust but be patient with them as they do so. Sleeping on your side can be the best way to get around this issue and alleviate the pressure. You should also try and avoid high heeled shoes too, for this very reason.
- Changes in your mood – There is every possibility that you will be a bit irritable and more easily emotional than you would normally be when you are not pregnant. There are so many new hormones racing through your body during the first trimester that your body is just trying to keep up and this is causing you to be seemingly “moody”. Don’t be too hard on yourself – everyone in your position will be in your shoes! There are some ways in which you can help yourself, such as getting the amount of sleep you need, eating well, and trying to avoid as much stress as possible. But good news is waiting just around the corner – your hormone levels will not be this unbalance as you enter the second trimester.
- Veins – You are not only in charge of keeping yourself healthy but also in charge of keeping a new baby healthy, enabling it to grow, develop and change at a phenomenal rate. You are the only way that your baby is able to get all of the nutrients that it needs and because of this, your blood flow must increase. Due to this, your veins will become more visible across your body, though specifically in certain areas such as your stomach and chest. This is absolutely nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal. The veins in these areas just have a larger amount of blood to pump around during pregnancy, but once your baby has entered the world, your veins will go right back to normal.
- Vaginal Discharge – Okay, so this is not the kind of thing you want to be reading about – you want the world to be full of happy thoughts – you’re going to have a baby and that is super exciting! But there is the small issue of vaginal discharge that needs discussing. This is completely normal even at 10 weeks into your pregnancy and is nothing to be concerned about. But if you do want to seek reassurance, your healthcare provider is the best person to contact if you are at all worried in any way.
Being 10 Weeks Pregnant
How are you feeling? Are you enjoying being in your first trimester or are you ready to be into the second? However you are feeling, there are things you can do to increase your comfort within this period of your life, such as purchasing comfortable bras, taking photographs so that you can remember this time forever, and you can plan the best way to tell your boss that you are pregnant. Here are a few top tips as to how you can ease this time of being 10 weeks pregnant if you are not finding it hugely fun:
- Keep a record – There is every chance that you don’t yet have a bump to show off and this is totally normal. But as soon as that bump starts to show, many women like to be able to keep a record of how much their bump grows each week by taking a picture. You don’t have to be the typical selfie queen, dressed up to the nines and in an elaborate pose. All it needs to be is you and your bump in the bathroom mirror. This is a great record to look back on to see just how much your baby grows from one week to another and see the physical changes in your body at the same time.
- Planning how to tell your boss – As the first trimester starts to draw to a close, you will be needing to think about telling your workplace that you are having a baby. Many women feel nervous about this prospect unsure of how to approach the subject with their boss and colleagues, as well as being unsure about the ins and outs of maternity leave, etc. There are plenty of different sites you can use to help you with all of these topics and more specific advice about being pregnant in the workplace which is really helpful. Take a read when you have time.
- Bar to Bra – So, you won’t be spending any considerable time in bars but you will be spending a large amount of time working out where the best maternity and nursing bras can be found. You want to be comfortable for the longest amount of time possible and you want to be able to reduce any breast pain associated with being pregnant. The more your breasts grow, the more support you will need and you will be grateful for a well-supported bra.
- New recipes – When many women are in their first trimester, it is common for them to report that they are hungrier than they previously were, although there are some women who are unable to keep any food down at all. Either way, spending a little time trying out new recipes can be a great way to reduce the food intake, reduce the cravings or you might just find something you can stomach. Great food for any pregnant woman to snack on are no-bake energy balls, packed with nothing but goodness for you and your baby.
By the time you are 10 weeks pregnant, there is a high chance that you will already have gained between one and four pounds in weight. This is totally normal. During the second trimester of your pregnancy, the weight gain averages out at about one pound per week, though your doctor can give you a more subjective recommendation.