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Week 10 of pregnancy

Week 10 of pregnancy

Article reviewed by Dr. Anca Panaitescu, specialist obstetrics-gynecologist, Clinical Hospital Philanthropy

At the end of this week your baby is no longer considered an embryo and becomes a fetus. For him, the hardest period is over. In about 60 days all vital organs were formed and from now on they will begin to be finalized.

How big is the baby at week 10 of pregnancy

In the week 10 of pregnancy your baby is still small in size: about 3.1 centimeters in length cranio-caudal and weighing less than 5 grams, the future baby is about a strawberry!

From now on, it will start an accelerated growth process and will gain more weight. At birth she will weigh about 600 times more than at this time. Now is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a period in which the tissues and organs of his body grow and mature rapidly.

Pregnancy at 10 weeks: how your baby grows

If you do an ultrasound exam this week, you'll see your little one floating in the amniotic fluid and frantically moving his feet and hands. Now he can make movements of the elbows and knees joint, he can touch his hands and feet with each other.

The head continues to be large compared to the rest of the trunk, but the difference blurs from one week to another. The forehead is prominent, curved and the features of the face are refined. The eyes are in full development, as are the ears, which now have a normal position, on the side of the head.

Also at the ultrasound examination you could see now that the bones in your baby's skeleton are visible, being in full formation.

It is remarkable that by the 10th week the heart is fully formed and has a rhythm of about 180 beats per minute.

At the level of the skull, the brain grows much faster. Its various stages develop and differentiate progressively, forming hundreds of thousands of neurons. It is considered that after birth, new neurons can appear in the brain only under special conditions.

If you have a boy, all this week his testicles will start producing the male hormone called testosterone.

The vital organs - the liver, kidneys, intestines, brain, lungs - are now in place and beginning to function (although they will continue to develop throughout pregnancy). The liver continues to produce blood cells, and the vitelline sac, which previously produced these cells, is no longer needed and begins to disappear.

The kidneys begin to produce urine that will accumulate in the fetus's bladder and will be eliminated by entering the composition of the amniotic fluid. The lungs, although in full formation, will take over the function of respiratory organ only at birth. Maturing and preparing the lungs for the first breath at birth is a long process, which lasts until near term.

During the next 3 weeks, the length of the baby will double to about 11 cm. Every day, more and more small details, including fingernails and feet, and hair like peach blossom, begin to appear on his body. Now the fingers are completely separated. The little one is permanently occupied with the swallowing of the amniotic fluid and the standing.

If you could take a look at your baby this week you would clearly see the line of the spine through his very thin skin. Spinal nerves begin to spread from the spinal cord and distribute to different parts of the body.

Also read: How the baby looks in your tummy at week 10 of pregnancy

Do not forget: every baby develops slightly differently - even in your body. Our information is intended to give you a general idea about the development of your baby.

How many months is 10 weeks pregnant

At 10 weeks you have three months of pregnancy. You still have a long way to go, but it is an extraordinarily beautiful time.

What happens in your body in week 10 of pregnancy

It is still difficult for the people around you to realize that you are pregnant, even if your uterus has doubled in volume over the last 10 weeks. Before I got pregnant it was the size of a small pear, and from this week it grows to the size of a grapefruit. At the next prenatal visit you will be able to hear his baby's heartbeat during the doppler ultrasound examination.

Many women say that the sound of the beating of their baby's heart, like a thunder or a gallop of horses, first heard, was one of the greatest joys of the first trimester of pregnancy. The heart rate of your baby is now between 120-160 beats per minute. His heart beats 2-3 times faster than yours.

Three questions about how the baby's movements feel

One of the most miraculous moments of pregnancy is when you feel the first butterflies and the first blows. Here's what you should expect when your baby is big enough and strong enough to announce you are there.

When will I first feel it?

You probably won't feel your baby's movements until weeks 16-22, even though he started moving from 7-8 weeks and you've already seen his acrobatics if you've done an ultrasound. A woman who has been pregnant before can more easily distinguish the baby's movements from other movements in the abdomen, such as the gas.

Your constitution can influence the time when you can make the difference between a kick of the fetus and a cramp of your gut. Weaker women feel these movements earlier and more often than fuller women.

How do these movements feel?

Women have described these sensations in different ways: a fish swimmer, butterfly wings, air bubbles. You may be able to interpret those first movements in your tummy as cramps or gases, but once you start to feel them regularly you will notice the difference. You are more likely to feel these movements when you sit quietly in a chair or lying in bed.

When the baby's movements start to get stronger, your partner will be able to feel them if he or she puts a hand on your abdomen. This is a wonderful way for him to begin to interact with the baby.

What should I be worried about in my baby's movements?

At first, the movements you will feel will be few and far between. In fact, you can feel a few movements in one day and none in the next day. Although your baby is moving and hitting regularly, many of his movements are not yet strong enough to feel them. Once you feel these movements on a regular basis, there is a high chance that your baby will be fine, as long as there are no major changes in his normal activity level.

Common symptoms at 10 weeks of pregnancy

The most common symptoms in week 10 are:

  • Nausea and vomiting

They are in full manifestation period, but not all women have them and, in addition, once you enter the second trimester, they are greatly reduced.

  • Healthy husbands

This week your breasts are most likely enlarged, and this is because they are already preparing for breastfeeding.

  • Sudden changes of disposition

Hormonal changes may be to blame.

  • Fatigue

Although you might be surprised to be tired at the beginning of pregnancy, it is not excluded, because the body is working hard to give the baby everything she needs and, moreover, at night you may have some strange dreams, which it may prevent you from resting properly.

  • Amplified vaginal discharge

Increased estrogen production and amplification of blood flow in the vagina area leads to the appearance of leukorrhea (a transparent, odorless vaginal discharge, which has the role of eliminating unwanted bacteria from the area). But if the substance causes you discomfort, is colored, has a splash of blood or a strong odor, then call the doctor.

Analyzes and investigations in week 10 of pregnancy

Between weeks 12 and 16 your doctor may recommend an ultrasound. The doctor may also use a Doppler stethoscope to detect the beating of the baby's heart.

What to do in week 10 of pregnancy

Buy some new bras. Two are usually enough. If your breasts are still sore, get a good, durable, cotton bra. Maternity bras can provide extra support, so try one to see if you like it.

Your breasts may grow with one or two measures, especially in the first part of pregnancy, and an experienced saleswoman can help you determine the right size. Choosing the right lingerie can mean more for your comfort than you can achieve.

Also read: List of things to do in week 10 of pregnancy

Depending on your muscle tone, you can participate in a wide range of activities during pregnancy: swimming or walking are excellent choices for all 9 months of pregnancy.

Exercises provide tonus, power and endurance, 3 qualities that can help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare for the physical stress of labor and get into shape more easily after you are born (unfortunately, not there is no evidence that regular exercises shorten labor).

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