You are ten weeks into your pregnancy. At this stage, you are getting used to the idea of being pregnant. You have already had your first prenatal visit and know your due date. Many women feel anxious and emotional during pregnancy. Knowing what to expect in the weeks to come can help ease some of this anxiety. Find out all you need to know, discover how your baby is developing, and learn about how your baby is changing during the 10th week of your pregnancy.
10 weeks pregnant
Congratulations! You have now reached the 10th week of your pregnancy. Your clothes are getting a bit tight, and your baby bump is beginning to show. It’s time to shop for some comfortable maternity wear. Your hormones are still making you miserable, but you have only a few weeks left for the second trimester to begin when the pregnancy symptoms like fatigue and nausea will fade away. Your baby is growing and developing rapidly. At week 10, he/she has officially graduated from being an embryo to a fetus.
At ten weeks pregnant many of your first trimester symptoms continue to bog you down. Your growing belly is causing some additional aches and pains. Some of the typical Week 10 symptoms include –
1. Round ligament pain
As the round ligaments around the uterus stretch to accommodate your baby, you may feel some aches and pains. These sensations are called round ligament pain.
2. Morning sickness
Nausea is very common during the first trimester. These symptoms will subside soon after you reach your second trimester.
3. Extreme fatigue
Your body is working very hard to support the growth of your baby. The increase in the levels of hCG and progesterone also causes fatigue. Take naps and rest whenever you feel exhausted.
4. Vivid dreams
Pregnancy hormones impact your emotions and the way you process them. When regular sleep cycles are disrupted, it can affect your REM sleep. So, you may experience strange and vivid dreams.
5. Increased vaginal discharge
An increase in blood flow to the vagina, and increased production of estrogen can cause more white, milky discharge from the vagina called leukorrhea. This discharge helps get rid of bacteria and is completely normal. However, if it is colored, smelly, or causes itchiness and discomfort, talk to your doctor.
6. Visible veins
You may notice blue lines on your abdomen and breasts. These are the expanded network of veins that are carrying increased blood supply that is needed to nourish the baby. As the pregnancy progresses, you will notice your veins getting larger and more prominent.
7. Mood swings
Your pregnancy hormones are responsible for your mood swings. Keep yourself occupied and chat with your friends to improve your mood.
8. Heartburn and indigestion
Progesterone is the culprit behind pregnancy-related heartburn. It acts as a muscle relaxer and loosens the muscles that close your stomach off from the esophagus. It also slows down digestion, which leads to heartburn.
Your body at week 10 of pregnancy
Your baby is growing at a rapid speed, and your belly is starting to show. The doctors recommend gaining between one and five pounds of weight during the first trimester. You may have gained a few pounds already. Your blood volume has increased, and you will notice the veins around your breasts and abdomen becoming more prominent.
If you find it difficult to pee or completely empty your bladder, you must talk to your doctor. Sometimes as your uterus grows, it can become wedged between the pelvis bony structure and the bladder. This condition can cause urinary retention, and you may have to get your bladder drained. This problem will be resolved once your uterus is over 12 weeks old.
Your baby at week 10 of pregnancy
Your baby is now two inches long and has officially graduated to being a fetus. The following changes are taking place in your baby:
- Your baby’s head is taking up half the length of the body. The head is bulging at the forehead, which allows room for the baby’s brain to grow.
- Your baby has started developing tissue, and his arms and legs are forming.
- Webbed fingers and toes have begun to separate and form individual digits.
- His stomach is producing digestive juices, and kidneys are producing urine.
- The baby’s palate, the roof of his mouth, closes this week.
Tips to be followed when you are 10 weeks pregnant
- Follow a healthy routine to stay fit during the first trimester. Eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
- Eat food that is rich in iron, calcium, folate, zinc, and fiber. A well-planned nutritious diet can help provide all the necessary nutrients to your baby.
- Eat vitamin D rich food like fatty fish, eggs, and fortified dairy products and juice. Your baby’s teeth are budding under the gums, and you need the extra vitamin D in your diet.
- Pregnancy hormones can affect your oral health. Regular dentist’s appointments during this time are highly beneficial.
- If your clothes are feeling tight, it is time to invest in loose-fitting clothes with elasticated waistbands. You should also purchase some bras and underwear in a larger size.
- If you have a cat, hand over the charge of cleaning the litter box to someone else. Toxoplasmosis is a severe parasitic infection that is passed on by cats.
- Buy footwear with padding to support your swelling feet.
- It is essential to sleep well. Eat at least two hours before you sleep. Take a relaxing shower. Shut down all electronics to relax your mind.
- Your pregnant belly is beginning to show. It is time to take pictures and documenting your pregnancy.
Doctor’s visit when you are 10 weeks pregnant
You will go for your second prenatal appointment between the 10th and 12th weeks of your pregnancy. The nurse will take your weight, blood pressure, and urine sample. The urine test will check for bacteria and high levels of protein and sugar in your system, which may indicate UTI, diabetes, kidney disease, or preeclampsia.
During this visit, your doctor will discuss the results of the tests completed during your first prenatal appointment. If you choose to have nuchal translucency screening, it will be done during your second appointment. The NT scan tests for the possibility of Down’s syndrome. The doctor will also use a Doppler to listen to the baby’s heartbeat.
Tips for the partner
There will be many doctor’s visits during pregnancy. Being a part of these visits will not only help you learn more about the growth and development of your baby but also provide support and assurance to your partner. Sharing the news about pregnancy must be playing on your mind. Couples often do not agree on when is the right time to tell. Share your thoughts with your partner before you come to a decision.
You’ve reached the 10th week of your pregnancy. Your baby’s organs are in place and developing quickly. Your baby is now two inches long and has graduated to being a fetus. You are feeling many symptoms like nausea, fatigue, vaginal discharge, heartburn, and indigestion, which you were feeling during the earlier weeks. As the round ligaments around the uterus stretch to accommodate your baby, you may also feel some aches and pains. These sensations are called round ligament pain.
Follow a healthy routine to stay fit during the first trimester. Eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.