If you are 7 weeks pregnant, you may be experiencing a multitude of emotions and feelings which may be difficult to comprehend. You do not look pregnant at the 7-week stage, but you definitely have an amazing tiny baby growing inside of you which is around the size of a Sweetheart candy right about now. You may have developed morning sickness, which can occur at any time of the day or the night, regardless of its label.
Your Baby at 7 Weeks Pregnant
Once you have reached the 7-week stage of your pregnancy, your baby will measure only 0.31 inches long and will weigh around 0.04 ounces in weight. These measurements are similar to a single piece of Sweethearts candy.
At the 7 week stage, you may not have seen the doctor yet. Furthermore, you will not yet have a baby bump and you will not yet begin to feel the kicks of your tiny miracle. However, a great deal of action is occurring inside of you which is enabling your baby to reach significant milestones every week. In fact, by the 5-week stage, your baby’s liver, heart, stomach, and brain have all started to develop.
Your baby has doubled in size since the 6-week stage. Currently, your mini embryo is growing minute arms and legs and will soon begin to produce joints. Additionally, your baby’s intestines are becoming larger and are beginning to extend into the umbilical cord, ensuring that they will eventually settle into the correct position as your baby grows. The 7-week stage is also important for your baby’s brain and his or her brain growth, developing the current two hemispheres and producing 100,000 brain cells every minute. Amazing occurrences are happening inside of your womb, and at the 8-week stage, you will be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat at your prenatal ultrasound.
Your Body and Pregnancy at 7 Weeks Pregnant
At 7-weeks pregnant, your symptoms of pregnancy will heighten and you may begin to feel less than blossoming. However, it is important to remember that many women do not experience any symptoms during early pregnancy, and this is also normal. It is also perfectly normal to experience some of the symptoms at a later stage than usual. In fact, many women do not even know they are pregnant until a few more weeks after the 7-week stage! So, remember that there is nothing wrong with you or your pregnancy if you do not experience some or all of the more common pregnancy symptoms.
Most women will experience morning sickness at this stage, with 80% of pregnant women feeling nauseous, and 50% of women additionally vomiting. Morning sickness is most prominent in the first trimester, usually vanishing by the second trimester for the majority of pregnant women. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day and the night and can last from as little as a few minutes to many, many hours. To minimize the symptoms, aim to eat smaller portions of food more frequently and ensure that you drink lots of water. Sipping water during the day and ensuring that you do not lie down immediately after eating are additional ways to manage the symptoms of morning sickness.
During this stage of pregnancy, you may feel exhausted and may even experience extreme fatigue as your body works hard to develop your pregnancy. To enable your body to cope with fatigue, particularly if you go out to work or if you have other children to care for, if to eat healthy meals and snacks regularly to maintain sufficient energy levels, remaining hydrated through regularly drinking water, and trying to exercise moderately if and when you are able to do so. Additionally, rest as much as you can and as much as your busy schedule allows, sleeping extra when you are able to and taking a nap when convenient.
At the 7-week stage, you may experience additional saliva than what is normal for you. Your saliva aids protection within the mouth and the throat area, combatting acids from the stomach which may provide irritation. To fight this symptom of early pregnancy, keep hydrated and drink plenty of water, maintaining good oral hygiene through brushing and using mouthwash and chewing gum regularly.
Bloating is an additional early pregnancy symptom that commonly occurs due to the effects of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone may slow down your digestive function which results in a build-up of additional gas. This means that you may experience bloating and may, unfortunately, pass gas unexpectedly. To manage and minimize symptoms of bloating, reduce your intake of carbonated drinks and instead ensure that you drink water regularly. Furthermore, eat smaller amounts of food although eat more often, shunning fatty foods in favor of healthy meals and snacks. You should chew your food thoroughly and slowly to ensure that you do not overload your digestive function.
There are further digestive symptoms at this stage of early pregnancy which you should also be aware of. The changes in your hormones can affect a wide variety of issues across your body, including diarrhea. Keep hydrated and drink a variety of water and juice. However, if your diarrhea lasts more than a couple of days, seek help from your doctor. In addition to diarrhea, you may experience frequent urination due to the expansion of your uterus. Coupled with the crowning of your bladder, you may feel as though you need to urinate much more than usual. Increased urination is common in the first trimester and the third trimester, although the lifting of your uterus during the second trimester should ensure that this symptom eases for a while.
Lifestyle Impact at 7 Weeks Pregnant
Despite the absence of a baby bump, you most definitely are pregnant and your body is undertaking a multitude of changes every day, developing your baby and preparing your body for the months ahead. However, avoid worrying about which pregnancy symptoms you have or have not experienced at a certain point during your pregnancy; everybody and every pregnancy are different so avoid obsessive Google searches. Instead, note down your symptoms and any concerns which you have, ready to share with your medical professional at your next appointment.
You may already be experiencing morning sickness which can impact your lifestyle greatly, depending on the severity of the symptom. Some women may feel unable to carry on with their daily tasks such as going to work; if your morning sickness is negatively impacting your lifestyle in this way, then seek medical advice.
Maintaining a good level of hydration at all stages of your pregnancy is vitally important, including across the early stages. Carry a refillable water bottle with you where ever you go, reminding you to sip water often. You could choose a water bottle that features measurement markers so that you can set yourself goals to drink a certain amount of water at particular times of the day. Drinking water may help you to manage your symptoms of morning sickness and nausea, in addition to helping to minimize possible headaches and fatigue.
Exercise can be a good remedy to prevent and minimize early pregnancy symptoms which impacts negatively on your lifestyle. Whilst you may not feel up to a regular gym session, a gentle swim or an invigorating yoga session can help you feel better and increase your energy levels. Pre-natal yoga and pre-natal swim sessions may be available in your area, which is specifically tailored to your needs at the 7-week stage of pregnancy. Additionally, you could aim to walk more often for regular short bursts to help tackle fatigue and nausea.
Your body is changing rapidly and so why not treat yourself and reward your body for all of its hard work? Visit the salon for a new hair cut, or treat yourself to a facial or a manicure and pedicure. It is recommended, however, to check any beauty products and hair products before using them when you are pregnant, just to be completely safe. Always ask your hairdresser or beautician for their advice, or seek products recommended for use during pregnancy.
Your First Prenatal Appointment
At 7-weeks pregnant, you will be looking forward to your first prenatal appointment which takes place at around the 8-week stage. Your medical professional will ask you questions relating to your family history, both in regard to gynecological history and general medical history and any diseases or health problems that are present within both your family and your partner’s family. They will also ask you when the first day of your last period was so that they can determine your due date and tell you exactly how far along your pregnancy is. Furthermore, they will ask you about any supplements or medication which you are taking, informing you whether they are safe to take during your pregnancy, or not.
Your medical professional will measure both your height and your weight, assessing your blood pressure as well as carrying out an examination of your pelvis and a pap smear, if required. Your medical professional will also take a blood sample so that your blood type is determined as well as your RH status and possible anemia and vitamin D deficiency. Furthermore, your urine will be tested to confirm your pregnancy and test your urine for glucose, protein, and white blood cells. You may also experience an ultrasound of your baby’s heartbeat at this stage. If desired, compile a list of questions that you would like to ask your medical professional.