Baby’s Growth at 10 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby is no longer consider a embryo and has graduated to a fetus. At 10 weeks of pregnancy your baby is the size of a prune and now have functioning arm joints. Organs such as hair and nails are also beginning to form, Now that all your baby’s systems are developed, their stomach will start to produce digestive fluids and will even start producing urine. During week 10 of pregnancy, you are eligible for genetic testing such as nuchal translucency screening.
This test is done to test for Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities they might develop during this time in pregnancy. During this time the back of your baby’s head will be measured for abnormalities. First trimester screening will be done as well if not already completed.
Your Body at 10 Weeks Pregnant
At 10 weeks, you are 2 and 1/2 months pregnant. This week you may be noticing more veins on your breasts and stomach. This is due to the increase blood production to support your growing baby. You may also experience round ligament pain. Round ligament pain is the pulling of connective tissue connecting your uterus to your groin area. As your baby and womb begin to grow, the round ligaments are pulled upward causing pain and discomfort.
Although some pregnancy symptoms have subsided, constipation, lower back pain, and moods swings are in full effect. To deal with constipation try eating small meals that are enriched with fiber. Increasing your water intake can also help lubricate your digestive tract making bowel movements more easier. If you are experiencing lower back pain, it might be time to invest in a pregnancy belt or see if your doctor can refer you to a physical therapy. This will also help with round ligament pain.
Being pregnant is not easy and sometime you might feel like no one understands you especially if this is your first pregnancy. Having a sound support system can come in handy when you are feeling overwhelmed and agitated.