Hello, a little angel! Today, you are now reaching 10 weeks pregnant, right? It is a right time to stop wondering when you will actually begin looking pregnant. Yes, it is probably right around now! For that reason, this week is ideal for a little retail therapy. If you intend to go shopping, don’t forget to choose some new and looser clothes. These can be your initial round of maternity wear. But, don’t stock up on new outfits too much. You may gain much weight in other next weeks. Since your body continues to change, it is a nice idea to pick up more essentials along the way. Of course, you have still got 7 more months of body changes. Then, have a good diet and exercise so that your baby will be healthily born.
10 Weeks Pregnant – Changes in your body
At 10 weeks pregnant development, the surge of pregnancy hormones does start to affect your body. While the muscles in your bowel have truly relaxed, this tends to cause constipation. That’s why you should eat a lot of fiber, drink a lot of water, as well as keep up the exercise. This week, don’t forget to look in the mirror. It is easy to recognize the first symptoms of your growing baby bump! Furthermore, look out for a very slight roundness in the lower abdomen. That’s because your uterus begins growing. At that time, your little one is about the size of an orange.
Another physical change you could notice is that your veins look more prominent than ever. Such veins will be clearer if you possess fair skin. Sometimes, these may also appear on both of the breasts and abdomen. To be sure, this sign is quite normal and there is nothing to worry about. It is simply what your body gets all that extra blood to its growing fetus.
Another change in your body is the appearance of spidery red lines in both of your upper arm and chest. Why do these appear? They are actually caused by the pregnancy hormone, called estrogen that is working to dilate your blood vessels. Such lines tend to disappear during post pregnancy. Therefore, don’t worry about them too much. Sometimes, moms-to-be can experience dry skin or spots!
Your belly at 10 weeks pregnant is probably starting to show. The reason is that your angel continues his/her rapid growth. Therefore, your tummy has begun to develop some extra curve. Although you don’t still look pregnant to others, you should prepare a few looser pants with a stretchy waistband and a few loose-fitting tops during this period.
According to many doctors, gaining about 3 – 5 pounds during the first trimester is perfect for expectant mothers of average BMI. Hence, you are now right on track if you do find yourself having gained a few pounds at this week.
10 Weeks Pregnant – Symptoms of pregnancy
Many lucky women start feeling relief from morning sickness at 10 weeks pregnant. But, not all of them are fortune like that. If you are not one of them, then keep in mind the fact that nausea and vomiting can disappear for most women by the end of the 1st trimester. Which symptoms may you experience during this week? These include the continuation of other signs in the first trimester, along with some new ones. Overall, such symptoms are as follow:
- Body weight gain
- Abdominal pain
- Increased vaginal discharge
- Nausea and vomiting
- Food cravings and aversions
- Visible veins
- Gas and bloating
10 Weeks Pregnant – Your baby development
My baby at 10 weeks pregnant begins taking on a more human-like appearance, though he/she has still got a huge bulge on his/her forehead when his/her brain develops. While your angel’s bones and cartilage are forming, he/she starts to have knees and ankles. His/her arms may flex at present, but are still so small that you might not feel any little punches yet. In addition, eyelids start to close, while his/her facial features become more distinct.
To be sure, your unborn kid will not have his/her pearly whites till he/she is nearly six months old, the teeth will also begin to form under the gums this week. Your little one also starts to function, just like he/she will on the outside world. His/her kidneys are producing urine. If you are carrying a prince in there, he will already produce testosterone!
If you intend to visit a doctor this week, it is quite possible to hear your baby’s heartbeat through the use of ultrasound. But, you will not be able to know if your angel is a boy or a girl for a few more weeks.
What should you do?
Some of the pregnant women have probably had their first prenatal appointment. Thus, make sure to follow what your doctor advises. Then, write down any non-emergency questions because they can arise to ask at your next appointment. Feeling that your clothes are snug, but you are not now ready for maternity clothes yet? Then, it is time to invest in some of the elastic waistband pants as well as loose shirts. Moreover, you can also want to buy some new bras and underwear in a larger size.
If you notice that your morning sickness is now relieved, then it is time to get serious about having a healthy diet which is quite safe and nutritious for both of you and your developing kid. According to the March of Dimes, taking a prenatal vitamin daily is highly recommended. There is no need to increase your daily calorie intake till the second trimester. However, don’t be hesitant to talk with your doctor if you have any questions about how much you should eat at 10 weeks pregnant.
Since your baby is growing his/her teeth this week, don’t forget to take more vitamin D. Taking exercise is also a nice way to release other feel-good endorphins. Unless your healthcare provider has told you otherwise, partaking in a pregnancy yoga class could be a good idea this week.