You may be experiencing lower back discomfort at 10 weeks pregnant, and your baby is now officially a fetus!
At 10 weeks, how big is your baby?
This week, your baby is around 1.2 inches long and weighs.14 ounces. This is around the size of the original Polly Pocket.
Here’s what more you should know if you’re 10 weeks pregnant:
- Your Child
- Your Body
- Your Existence
- Ultrasound at 10 Weeks
At 10 Weeks, A Real Mom Gets Pregnant Your Baby’s Development at 10 Weeks Pregnant
Your kid is no longer an embryo but a fetus as of this week. That indicates all of the organs have developed and everything is getting ready to go. Here’s what else your baby is up to at 10 weeks.
- Big head: Your baby’s head is currently about half the length of their complete body. Later on, they’ll become more proportionate.
- Baby’s: brain continues to grow inside that noggin.
- The heart: is completely grown and beats two to three times quicker than yours to keep all that blood flowing.
- Joints are growing: and your baby’s elbows and knees can flex as he or she begins to produce bones and cartilage.
- Baby’s little stomach: is now producing digestive juices, and the kidneys have increased urine output.
Ultrasound at 10 Weeks Pregnancy
Your Body: 10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, symptoms could be in full swing or you may not be experiencing much of anything. Both are totally normal. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most common 10 weeks pregnant symptoms.
- Nausea and vomiting: Morning sickness may still be your reality. If you’re having food aversions, the sight, smell or even thought of certain foods may totally sicken you. Can’t look at anything except a grilled cheese sandwich? It’s OK if that’s your dinner every night for now. The most important thing is that you’re keeping food down and staying well hydrated.
- Sore, swollen boobs: Progesterone is kicking your milk ducts into high gear, which is probably making your breasts tender and your bras tight. This will calm down a bit in the second trimester, then pick up again right before birth.
- Constipation: Feeling blocked up? Constipation is very common in the first trimester. Find your favorite fiberful foods (raspberries, dried apricots or almonds?) and snack on them often. Remember to drink lots of water, too, since the fiber doesn’t work without plenty of H20 in your system. Preventing constipation also can prevent hemorrhoids, which can happen due to all the straining to go, and are common in pregnancy. Also, talk to your doctor about switching your prenatal vitamin; sometimes one that’s high in iron can contribute to constipation.
- Lower back pain: Back pain at 10 weeks pregnant? Very common. Between hormones and an expanding uterus, your back muscles may be having trouble adjusting. Try to sleep on your side and remember that flats can give your back a break.
- Mood swings: You still may be feeling a bit crankier or a bit weepier than the norm. While your body continues to adjust to first trimester hormones, mood swings are par for the course. You can try to head them off by getting enough rest, eating healthily and often, and avoiding stressful situations (if possible). But sometimes there’s not much you can do but cry at a Hallmark Channel movie and look forward to the second trimester when hormones level out more.
- Visible veins: As blood flow increases—to deliver nutrients to your baby—your skin might start to look a bit like a road map, especially on your chest and belly. Those veins are more visible simply because they’re filled with a higher volume of blood, and they’ll go back to normal after you deliver.
- Vaginal discharge: Let us tell it to you straight: There may be some…er…surprising discharge when you’re 10 weeks pregnant, or anytime during your pregnancy. What’s important is knowing what vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and what is worth a call to your healthcare provider.
10 Weeks of Your Life Pregnant
Is the first trimester bringing you down or are you having fun? You can’t go back in time or stop it, but you can focus on things you can control, like nice bras, pretty images, and the best way to break the news to your employer.
- Top tip: Even if you don’t have a bump now (which is perfectly normal), you will shortly. So now is a good time to start taking belly pictures. Letterboards with creative sayings are adorable, but they are not essential. All you actually need is a mirror and a baby on the way. Even if selfies aren’t your style, it may be amusing to look back on these images privately to watch how things evolve week by week.
- Describe your work: As you reach the conclusion of the first trimester, you’ll need to inform your employer of your pregnancy. It’s normal to be nervous. How do you deal with it? What will your coworkers think? What is the procedure for maternity leave? We’ve got
- you covered: Learn how to notify your employer that you are pregnant and how parental leave works. (Also, check out this FMLA primer for partners.)
- Consider the following gear: It’s never too early to invest in an excellent nursing or maternity bra. Although uncomfortable boobs will most likely fade as you approach the second trimester, you’ll appreciate the added support as they develop with your tummy.
- Try these recipes: Some women are hungrier than ever during their first trimester, while others struggle to eat anything. Regardless of your stance, no-bake energy balls, such as these, are a quick and easy snack that’s high in baby-building protein.
Your Pregnant Belly at 10 Weeks
You may have gained 1 to 4 pounds already, which is normal for the first trimester. You’ll probably gain approximately a pound per week in the second and third trimesters and beyond. (Of course, you should get customized weight-gain advice from your doctor.)
Real Moms’ 10 Weeks Baby Bumps