Your Pregnancy: Week 10

Pregnancy week by week: You are ten weeks pregnant


Your Body

Prenatal and genetic tests detect birth defects and abnormalities and are usually conducted from weeks 10 to 12 as are first trimester ultrasounds. You may want to consider undergoing testing if you are over 35 or have a family history of genetic disorders. The purpose of the first pregnancy ultrasound is twofold: is to determine how many weeks pregnant you are and approximate your due date. You will see the first images of your beautiful baby on screen, and his tiny heartbeat will be visible.

While you’re not ready to graduate to maternity wear, wearing looser fitting clothes will make you feel more comfortable.Your veins are becoming more prominent as they carry more blood to your unborn child. Your bowels are still in a holding pattern. Moderate exercise, a pregnancy diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains and plenty of water will give them the nudge they need.

The reasons for recurring aches and pains is your uterus is now large enough to occupy most of your pelvis, and baby is placing additional pressure on your organs, ligaments and muscles. Also, the hormone relaxin relaxes and loosens ligaments and joints in preparation for childbirth — you need to be flexible throughout pregnancy and on the big day. Sign up for prenatal yoga or Pilates and get the most out of your limber new body.

The umbilical cord — the fetus’ lifeline — is a sturdy, flexible blood vessel 20 inches in length and the width of your index finger that connects you to your baby. One end is attached to the placenta, the other end is connected to baby’s belly button. It transports oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your little one and returns de-oxygenated blood and waste, like carbon dioxide, from baby back to the placenta.

Baby’s World

Measured from head to bottom, she’s 31 to 42 mm (1.22 – 1.65 in.) and weighs 5 g (0.011 lb.). She’s the size of a cherry and shaped like a shrimp. The three layers of her cells — ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm — are developing at a remarkably fast pace. Her facial features, fingers and toes are clearly identifiable. The eyes, external ears and upper lip have finally formed, and the kidneys are pumping out digestive juices. She knows how to swallow and can throw a kick. Peach fuzz and fingernails have made their first appearance.

Fun Fact

What a smarty pants! Nearly 250,000 neurons are forming each minute in baby’s brain.

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