Your Pregnancy at Week 10by Your Baby Club
Your baby has graduated from an embryo to a 'fetus'!
your baby this week:
Now the size of a cotton wool ball, your baby has graduated from an embryo to a 'fetus'! Its eyes are now able to react to light and are still slightly open as the eyelids develop. It's also amazing to know that all their little milk teeth are now in place, and their jawbone is also taking shape. Cartilage and bones continue to form around the body, and small indentations appear on the legs which will develop into the knees and ankles.
Your baby's elbows are already working. Its stomach is forming digestive juices, the kidneys are producing urine (following the ingestion of amniotic fluid) and finally, if a boy, his testes (which will begin their decent into the scrotum after birth) will begin producing testosterone at this stage.
Are you suddenly finding that you are having really vivid dreams? This is not unusual but can be a little startling when you are suddenly talking to the animals and dreaming that you can fly! Don’t worry, you’re not going mad. There is so much going on at the moment both physically and emotionally, that your brain is working overtime, but it will settle down. You may want to have a notebook and pen handy so that you can record your night-time thoughts to show your little one in the years ahead!
You may also be feeling a little bloated
A sign of your slowing digestive system, but ensure you are continuing to eat a healthy diet, rich in fruit and fibre to keep things moving. Also, as always, it's very important that you keep hydrated.
Despite what you may read online, it is perfectly safe to exercise in pregnancy. If you are used to regular exercise, just continue - you may wish to adapt things if you are playing extreme contact sports, but a little exertion is fine. If you are not a regular mover but want to start, now is a great time to take up some walking, or swimming - something light. Just don't overdo it!
Louise Broadbridge - Our Expert Midwife
Hi, my name is Louise, I am a Registered Midwife, founder of Let's Talk Birth and Baby and the face behind Instagram's The Honest Midwife. I have worked in health settings for the past 30 years, the majority of which have been working in children and family settings.
your tips & to do's:
Watch out for UTIs, which are more common to get during pregnancy.
Talk to your midwife or doctor about which exercises are and aren't okay for you during this pregnancy.
Take advantage of these early months of pregnancy by fitting in one last, pre-baby vacation, also known as a "babymoon." Welcoming a new baby is certainly reason for celebration. But it also means giving up quite a bit of your spontaneity. A quick trip with friends, or a few leisurely hours at the beach with a drink, will not be as easy as you think, once your little one is here. Babies are small and portable, it's true! However, traveling with a baby will certainly change the dynamics of any vacation. Preparing for these changes with one last worry-free trip sans baby is as good a reason as any for a bit of rest and relaxation.
To plan this escape, first check with your doctor. Even with a healthy pregnancy, free of complications, your doctor may have some restrictions regarding when and where you travel. For example, most doctors will recommend against traveling too far from home or flying during the later stages of pregnancy. You likely won't feel up to travel during your last couple months of pregnancy anyways, so it is generally better to plan on taking your getaway before the end of your second trimester.
Pregnancy doesn't mean giving up the physical activity you've always enjoyed, but it isn't the time to try something, like skiing, for the first time. That being said, if you are already quite winded after climbing a flight of stairs, you may want to forego the usual hiking trips and take a leisurely stroll through a historic city instead. The whole idea behind a babymoon is to do things that offer you fun and relaxation, with plenty of down time. Have some quality alone time with your partner. Take some time off from work and book an overnight stay at a nearby destination. Spend a weekend at home, in bed, with no distractions. This new phase of life you are entering and the joys of welcoming this new life into the world deserve a little celebration.
Schedule any prenatal testing you've decided on.
Write in your pregnancy journal.
Perhaps this pregnancy has been all smooth sailing, or perhaps your pregnancy symptoms are in full swing, both of these are completely normal. Here is a list of some, but not all, symptoms commonly experienced during week 10.
- Swollen, tender breasts
- Morning sickness, nausea, and/or vomiting
- Excess saliva
- Lower back pain
- Round ligament pain
- Visible veins
- Mood swings
- Vaginal discharge
- Heartburn and/or indigestion
- Constipation, bloating, and/or gas
- Thicker midsection
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