Week-by-Week Pregnancy: 10th Week
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The weeks are moving fast and you have already left 9 weeks behind. We have arrived at the 10th week. The 10th week of pregnancy is a period that brings many changes with it. Pregnancy is divided into 3 periods and each period is called trimester and now you are approaching the end of the first trimester as of this week. Let’s examine the changes in both you and your baby this week.
Your Baby at 10th Week
The 10th week of pregnancy is the beginning of the period when the baby completes its journey as an embryo and is now referred to as a fetus. This is actually an indication that the baby has passed the critical and fearful period in terms of development. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief.
How Big Has My Baby got?
Gone are the days when you see your baby as a bean in the ultrasound checks made when you go to the doctor since the beginning of pregnancy. In the ultrasound controls, the 10-week-old baby has now taken the human form and his head has become prominent. Yes, we know this is a very exciting situation.
The changes in the weight and height of the 10-week-old baby are more evident as of this week. At the 10th week of pregnancy, your baby is the size of a strawberry. The expected fetal length and mass as of this week are as follows:
3- 3,5 cm
Although these values are not exact and definite information, they may change depending on fertilization. Sometimes when fertilization occurs later than the expected week, the values will be different. For this reason, it will be much more accurate to consider the information given by your doctor.
Development of Systems and Newly Acquired Skills
Every week, different innovations occur in the development of the baby, whose embryonic period ends and becomes a fetus. As the number of cells increases, the body takes shape, organs and systems continue to develop. So, how do the 10-week-old baby’s organ and system development progress? We researched this issue for you.
We told you that at the 10th week of pregnancy, your baby has noticeably changed physically. The most obvious form of this is experienced in the skull. The growth of the skull means the formation of the space necessary for the development of the brain. For this reason, while your baby’s brain continues to develop until birth, as the fetus grows, changes occur in its nervous systems. Eyelids, which begin to form in the 9th week, complete their development to a large extent as of this week.
The circulatory system
In the 9th week, while the yolk sac begins to disappear, it begins to be replaced by the umbilical cord. Although the sac has not completely disappeared this week, it begins to provide blood circulation with the gradual formation of the umbilical cord.
Another development in the circulatory system is that the heart has become 4-chambered. During this period, the heart starts to work at 180 beats per minute, twice the speed of an adult.
The intestines continue to extend and progress into the abdomen. It will reach its destination very soon. In addition, the stomach, spleen, and liver were replaced and the liver began to produce blood. The pancreas and gallbladder continue their preparations for the postpartum period.
The respiratory system, like the brain, continues to develop until birth. In this process, the only duty of the amniotic fluid in the baby is not to protect your baby. When the fetus’s mouth develops, it will swallow this fluid and filter it out through the kidneys. In the process of swallowing this liquid and expelling it again, the lungs will develop the most. The diaphragm, which started to form in the previous week, also completes its development as of this week.
Support and Movement System
As the bone and muscle systems continue to develop, the curtains between your baby’s fingers and toes begin to lift as of the 10th week of pregnancy. Since his muscle structure has improved compared to the previous week, he can now move his hands and feet more easily. In addition, since the elbows become prominent, they can move their joints much more easily. But it still hasn’t reached the level of violence you might feel.
One of the exciting events that you will experience in the 10th week of pregnancy is that the kidneys are now producing urine. In addition to its contribution to the respiratory system, amniotic fluid also contributes to the excretory system. The swallowed liquid is filtered in the kidneys and turns into urine. Also, excreted urine is harmless.
One of the most curious subjects is, of course, the gender of the baby. By the 10th week of pregnancy, your baby’s external genital organs begin to become evident. However, it is not yet developed enough to determine its gender. You have to wait a little longer.
In this week of your pregnancy, your baby’s thyroid gland has started to work as it gradually progresses towards completing its development. Amniotic fluid will continue to protect your baby for a while.
Your Baby's Movements at Week 10
As your baby’s bone and muscle system start to develop gradually, there is an increase in the rate of mobility. Since it is very small, baby movements at 10 weeks have not reached the level that the mother can feel yet.
Sensory Organs and Developmental Characteristics in 10 Weeks Old Baby
The work of the sense organs takes place under the control of the brain. For this reason, the full functioning of the sense organs depends on the development of the part of the brain related to that sense. The brain will continue to develop until birth and even beyond. Now, let’s take a look at the developments regarding the baby’s sensory organs in the 10th week of pregnancy.
Eye and Sight
In this week, when the eyelids are approaching to complete their development, the iris layer, which forms the eye color, begins to form gradually. However, it is not possible to talk about the sense of sight at the moment, since the eye muscles have not yet developed and the eyes have not reached where they should be. As of this week, your baby begins to sleep in the womb.
Although his eyes are not opened, he is in a state of sleep and wakefulness. Your baby, who will soon open his eyes to the world, is still preparing for it.
Ear and Hearing
In the 10th week of pregnancy, after your baby’s earlobes, the auricle started to grow slowly. As the ear continues to develop in the lower part of his head, it’s almost time to hear your voice.
Skin and the Sense of Touch
Although the skin layer covering your baby’s body continues to develop, simple sensing systems have also started to work. Although your baby, who feels the touches slowly, is moving in response to you, unfortunately, there is still time for you to feel it, as it is still very small. For this reason, you can start touching your belly to strengthen the bond between you.
Tongue and Taste
With the development of the jawbone, the buds of the future teeth will begin to form as of this week. The first places where the sense of touch develops are around the mouth and cheeks. Your baby will soon be able to open and close his mouth.
Nose and sense of smell
We said that the baby’s facial features are gradually becoming more pronounced. The first place you will notice in this progression is the nose. It is too early to talk about the sense of smell that will develop with the sense of taste.
Mom at 10 Weeks Pregnancy
The days are passing quickly and you have already passed 9 weeks, 2 months, in your pregnancy. As 10 weeks pregnant, you started to feel some changes both physically and spiritually. If you wish, let’s examine together what awaits the expectant mother at 10 weeks of pregnancy this week.
The sine qua non of pregnancy, the most obvious change in your body is, of course, weight gain. Since your baby is very small, excess weight gain is undesirable for this period. For this reason, it is recommended to gain 1-3 kg in total by the end of the 10th week.
Growth of the uterus:
Your uterus, which started to grow significantly the previous week, reaches almost the size of a grapefruit by the 10th week.
Breast enlargement and tenderness:
From the first trimester, the breasts begin to prepare for the postpartum period. Since you are approaching the end of this period, we can say that you are in the period when the breasts work the most. In fact, we can say that the breasts grow more in the first 3 months compared to the other months and they almost stop growing after this period. Unless you gain too much weight.
Progesterone hormone stimulates the growth of the mammary glands and estrogen causes the enlargement of the milk ducts. Thus, the veins expand, the breasts swell and the nipples enlarge. As a result of this, your bra size can grow up to 2 sizes.
Change in skin:
Due to the increase in hormones during pregnancy, your skin begins to secrete more oil. This will make your skin look brighter. In addition, the increase in blood pressure makes your face look more tense and lively. For this reason, those who see you will probably often say “pregnancy suits you.” will make statements.
Change in mood:
The first moment you found out you were pregnant was pretty exciting. However, as the days go by, you may be starting to get a little worried. You can call it hormonal change or maternity anxiety. You may be worried about the birth or the postpartum period. But know that every expectant mother experiences such changes. In addition, you may feel tired, exhausted, and sluggish all the time.
Occasional headaches may accompany these symptoms. What you need to know at this point is that there is nothing to worry about. You are in a very normal and should be experienced situation. These days will soon be over.
Frequent urination will continue this week. Constipation may also follow this condition. Also, as you have experienced before, vaginal discharge is also among the 10th-week pregnancy symptoms.
Morning sickness you’ve experienced before will lessen a bit this week. But it is a normal process to continue for a while. You need to be a little more patient. You may also continue to experience problems such as heartburn, gas, and bloating.
Tips to Minimize Troublesome Pregnancy Symptoms
Since pregnancy is a period of many changes, some of the problems you experience may disturb you. These are the problems that every expectant mother experiences or feels. Especially the first 9 weeks are seen as a risky period for pregnancy and you left this week behind with health.
Therefore, as of the 10th week, you have started the most enjoyable period of your pregnancy. There are even those who call this week the honeymoon of pregnancy. We’ve rounded up what you can do to minimize pregnancy symptoms that might bother you.
- The 10th week of pregnancy is a period when you can have some mental difficulties. You may experience emotional breakdowns and some anxiety. At this point, what you need to pay attention to is not to control your emotions, but to release them. This up and down process is extremely normal and is a period that almost every expectant mother goes through.
- Although the risky weeks have passed, you should not delay the doctor’s check-ups and continue to go to the check-ups in the periods your doctor deems appropriate. This will protect you and your baby against any problems.
- Pregnancy comes with many responsibilities. There are many question marks in your mind now. These question marks bring with them emotional changes. In addition to releasing your emotions, another tip we can give you is to take time for yourself. While your tummy is not pushing you yet and your little baby is not expecting attention, you should continue to be active in your social life, take walks, in short, review activities that give you pleasure. This will do you good.
- Frequent urination during pregnancy is a condition experienced by almost every expectant mother. Many doctors and nutritionists who are experts in their field recommend eliminating caffeine from your life or reducing it significantly during this period. This is because caffeine acts as a kind of diuretic. If you have consumed caffeine, you should take care to consume more water so that your body does not become dehydrated during the day.
- You may be feeling tired and sluggish this week. For this, you can lie down and rest a lot. Do not forget that you will miss these days in the future… You can increase blood circulation by walking, stretching your legs, or lying on your left side. This will make you feel good.
- The 10th week of pregnancy is a period of increasing blood circulation. For this reason, your gums may swell and bleed. For this, you should not forget to brush your teeth. If you have not changed your toothpaste until today, it is recommended to use organic pastes as of this period. If bleeding and swelling reach advanced levels, you should contact both your doctor and a dentist immediately.
How Much Weight Should You Gain?
Excessive weight gain in the first weeks of pregnancy is not a desirable situation. After the first trimester, your baby will grow faster, so your weight gain will accelerate. Therefore, you should pay attention to adequate and balanced nutrition. If you are wondering how much weight will be gained in 10 weeks of pregnancy, your weight gain should be in the range of 1-3 kilograms for the first trimester.
Your baby receives the nutrients you eat through the placenta and now that he is growing, you must be selective and careful in your nutrition. So here are some tips on nutrition at 10 weeks pregnant:
- Your appetite may increase as your morning sickness begins to subside. At this point, you should be careful and attentive. You should talk to your doctor and get an idea about proper nutrition. Especially when you feel tired or in a hurry, healthy snacks will be your savior. Nuts and fruits come first in this regard. Snacks such as a handful of hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, or a portion of dried fruit are very suitable for such occasions.
- Iron is very important for both you and your baby’s body. It has many tasks, from the development of the brain to blood circulation. For this reason, your iron values are kept under control throughout your pregnancy. If necessary, your doctor will give you support in this regard. In addition, you should regularly consume foods that will increase your iron rate, such as red meat, fish, eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas.
It is very important to continue sports and exercises during your pregnancy. This will keep you fit, help you control weight gain, and will be beneficial for delivery. Your growing belly will also affect the musculoskeletal system after a while. For this reason, it is very important to take precautions beforehand. You can get an idea about what kind of exercises you can do by getting information from your doctor and a sports coach who is an expert in their field. The most preferred 10-week pregnancy exercises can be listed as follows.
- Light brisk walking.
- Stretching exercises to strengthen the spine.
- group exercises
10 Weeks Pregnancy Checklist
- If you haven’t had one yet, you should have a blood test and checks on your general health as soon as possible. In the following periods, the tests you need to have for your baby will increase.
- You can also reserve this week for yourself and shop for yourself. Your breasts started to grow. For this reason, the bras you use may seem small now. You can choose flexible and expandable products suitable for your size. Nursing bras or non-wired bras are very suitable for you.
- Your clothes may feel right now, as your waist begins to thicken and your tummy begins to grow slightly. For this, you should choose comfortable clothes with an elastic waistband. It is useful to add maternity clothes to your shopping list as of the 10th week of pregnancy.
10th Week Pregnancy Shopping Advice for Mom
Shopping for your baby excites you, right? Then you can start taking some of his needs this week.
Preparations such as blankets, clothes, muslin mouth cloths can be a shopping list that you can easily make and use frequently after giving birth. 🙂
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