10 Weeks Pregnant
10 Weeks Pregnant
By the tenth week of pregnancy, you are well into your third month of pregnancy and are fast approaching the end of your first trimester.
It might seem like a lot of numbers to remember, but the most important thing to note is that your baby is developing at a steady rate, with most of its vital organs having been formed by now.
The rapid growth of your baby means that it is getting bigger and stronger day by day and requires more nourishment to feed its growth. This can take its toll on your body and you may notice some symptoms intensifying. In this article, we will guide you through the pregnancy symptoms at 10 weeks and answer the most commonly asked questions for someone who is 10 weeks pregnant.
10 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
If you’ve already noticed some of the early signs of pregnancy, some of the symptoms you experience in week 10 might not be feel any different to you. For many women, symptoms often subside at the end of the first trimester (week 12), but here are some of the most common signs of pregnancy at week 10:
- Tightness in the lower abdomen
As your uterus expands to accommodate the size of the fetus at week 10, your lower abdomen region may expand and become tighter, which might also mean that you’ll need to start looking for some new pregnancy clothes.
An increase in leukorrhea, or vaginal discharge, may be experienced when you’re 10 weeks pregnant, and this is a result of a couple of things – namely, hormonal changes. The heightened blood flow and levels of estrogen in your body cause the discharge to appear thinner and clearer. Leukorrhea is just your body’s way of emitting unwanted bacteria from your system.
- Morning sickness
One of the most common early signs of pregnancy in the first 10 weeks is nausea. This can take a huge toll on your body but, fortunately, the symptoms subside for a lot of women by the end of the first trimester.
- Changes in your breasts
At 10 weeks pregnant, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your breasts. They might be sore or swollen, your nipples may seem more erect than usual, and/or blue veins may be forming around the surface.
A combination of all of the pregnancy symptoms at week 10 can leave you feeling heavily fatigued – not to mention the energy expended on creating a new life. Most women go through this during pregnancy and the best thing to do is to stay well rested and maintain a healthy diet with energy boosting foods.
Your Body at Week 10
The baby at week 10 in the womb has made a comfortable home for itself, and this may start to be noticeable. From the outside, you or a significant might be the only ones to detect any changes in body shape. These changes will be very subtle, as your baby is still very small, but you may notice an increase in your lower abdomen region and an enlargement of your breasts.
If you’ve put on some weight, this is good, as doctors recommend you gain around 4 pounds every month for the first trimester. If you’ve shown any early signs of twin pregnancy at 10 weeks, it’s even better that you’ve gained weight – your body will be working at double the rate of a single-child pregnancy and needs extra sustenance to maintain it.
Baby Size at Week 10
At this stage, your 10 weeks old embryo is growing at a rapid rate and many developmental changes are happening. Your baby will have grown by over a centimetre and will now be the size of a strawberry.
Other changes that are happening to your baby at 10 weeks pregnant include the formation of teeth in the gums, joints are beginning to become distinguishable in the bones, and your baby has already started producing some digestive juices in its stomach.
Week 10 Pregnant Ultrasound
If you haven’t had your first pregnancy scan by now, it’s likely that your doctor will schedule it for this week or the next. A pregnancy ultrasound at this stage can reveal that some spectacular things are happening to the fetus at week 10. There will be a strong heartbeat, beating at a rate over twice the speed of yours, and you may be able to see the outline of the head, arms, and legs of your child, as they swim around your belly in a tadpole-like form.
You probably won’t be able to feel your baby moving inside you at this stage, but some signs of pregnancy at week 10 can leave you with an upset stomach, particularly if you have been suffering from morning sickness.
At 10 weeks pregnant, you can expect to feel some of the changes happening inside your body, and you may start to notice your lower abdomen and becoming firmer as your uterus expands inside you.
You will likely feel lethargic this week. Your body is working hard to nourish the baby (or babies) inside your womb and a lot of energy is expended in doing so.
As you baby is only the size of a strawberry at week 10, it’s likely that other people won’t be able to notice any changes to your stomach. If you know your body intimately, however, you may detect a slight baby bump at week 10.
Tips for Week 10 of Pregnancy
- Monitor your diet
It’s always good to take care with the foods you consume. At this stage it is especially crucial to make sure that you are getting a varied and healthy diet. Try to consume plenty of healthy fats, vitamin D, and iron. If you have any problems or aversions to any foods, talk to your doctor about the best way to supplement your diet.
If you have fallen victim to the early signs of pregnancy in the first 10 weeks, you’ll probably feel exhausted by this stage. Listen to your body and rest when you’re tired, indulge in healthy food cravings, and take advantage of any energy bursts with light exercise.