Your Pregnancy: Week 7

Pregnancy week by week: You are seven weeks pregnant


 

Your Body

Week seven’s symptoms echo those of week six. You’re not showing yet but a scale may tell you that you’ve put on a bit of weight. Pregnancy weight gain normally hovers between 25 and 35 pounds. The nausea has not abated, you have a persistent urge to pee and the constipation is just plain uncomfortable. Insomnia may be the bane of your existence now; however, when you do get some shut-eye, your dreams are vivid and odd. Chalk this up to the mental, emotional and physiological changes that pregnancy brings.

Some new symptoms have cropped up: heartburn and an increase in saliva. Curb the former by elevating your head when you sleep, avoiding caffeine and heavy meals and eating foods that trigger heartburn, like citrus fruits and spicy fare. And keep a supply of antacids on hand.

When you look in the mirror, do you see a pregnancy glow? Increases in oil gland secretions and the volume of blood below the skin’s surface give your cheeks a rosy, waxy sheen. Unfortunately, some future mom’s are prone to acne during pregnancy.

Some of the foods you used to crave may now repulse you. One medical theory about food cravings and aversions is that they are Mother Nature’s way of coercing your body into getting the nutrients it needs during pregnancy. Planning balanced meals can help counterbalance yo-yo eating.

Pre-pregnancy your uterus was roughly the size of a fist, now it’s grown to the size of a grapefruit. As it enlarges, you will feel stomach cramps and minor twinges.

Baby’s World

Talk about a growth spurt, he’s 10,000 times bigger than when he was conceived and is the size of a blueberry. His prehistoric-like tail remains but will eventually disappear. The makings of retinas, lens, eyelid folds, teeth, a tongue, an upper lip, nipples and an appendix are evident. His webbed fingers are becoming more distinct, and his fragile, translucent skin reveals new veins. His heart has left and right chambers, and the esophagus and trachea, flanked by the lungs, are dividing into separate tubes.

Fun Fact

Every minute your unborn baby is generating 100 new brain cells, and he grows three sets of kidneys before he is born.

 

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