Your Pregnancy at Week 7by Your Baby Club
Now 10,000 times bigger than at conception!
your baby this week:
This single cell is now the size of a Smartie! Speaking of Smarties, your little smarty pants is concentrating on brain development, with 100 brain cells being produced every minute. Production of all the blood cells is the work of the liver at the moment. This will continue until the bone marrow is in place and ready to take over the task.
Arms and legs are continuing to lengthen and strengthen, and tiny hands and feet will soon be visible. It is not only your baby that is growing, but their accommodation has also had an extension too and is now double the size it was. Despite all this energy you must be using to grow all these things, you may not be feeling too hungry as that famous pregnancy downside, morning sickness is still hanging around.
Morning sickness can also last well past the stick of midday, with some women suffering day and night. Make sure you are eating little and often, and maybe ask your partner to bring you a slice of toast in the morning before you get up.
You may also start to feel like you live in the bathroom, as the steadily increasing fluid volume results in frequent wee trips! Unfortunately, this little symptom of pregnancy is here to stay, as your growing baby will soon start to use your bladder in the same way it will use a trampoline when it is a toddler!
If you haven't already done so, now may be a good time to let your maternity unit know you are pregnant. Asking your doctors surgery how to self-refer is probably the easiest way to get the right contact numbers.
Continue to take your folic acid tablets, as doing so reduces your baby's risk of spina bifida. You should take them until around 13-weeks.
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:
You'd be happy if you didn't feel so terrible. Doctors can't say precisely what causes the nausea, as many things are contributing to your queasiness, like your sudden sensitivity to smells and slowly moving digestive system. To alleviate your unsettled stomach, there are a few things you can try that might help. Even though the last thing that you may feel like doing is eating; but in this case, eating something every two hours or so, even squirrelling snacks by your bedside for any middle-of-the-night waking, will help you always keep something nutritious in your stomach, which may keep your sick feeling at bay. Stay hydrated. If you can't keep anything down, talk to your doctor about the available medications, or which a B6 supplement they recommend.
Listen to your cravings (unless your craving raw sushi or an alcoholic beverage, in which case you should not listen). There is a reason you crave whatever you crave, and chances are you'll keep it down better than anything you must force yourself to eat. Do not consume anything that isn’t meant to be eaten. If you're craving non-food items, like dirt or laundry detergent, talk to your doctor as this could be a sign of an iron deficiency.
If your skin is acting up and you are considering anything to help clear it, be sure to avoid any new facial products. Your skin is extremely sensitive and reactive right now, and you may discover that this new product actually causes more irritation and breakouts than you've bargained for. Continue washing your face twice a day, use a gentle moisturizer. If you need sunscreen, use the SPF products your skin is already accustomed with.
And don't forget to write in your pregnancy journal, along the way.
As your body continues to rapidly change, it can be tough to know if you're symptoms are normal, or if they are concerns you should call your midwife or doctor about. Trust your gut instincts, and never be afraid to ask a healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. This week, the commonly experienced symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Morning sickness, increased saliva, nausea, or vomiting
- Food cravings and/or aversions
- Frequent urination
- Amplified sense of smell
- Mood swings
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