Your pregnancy week-by-week: Week Ten

You are now 10 weeks pregnant & your baby now weighs 2.5g & measures around 3cm long, it’s the size of a prune!

Your baby
At the moment your baby’s head is larger than the rest of his body, but this will soon change. The outside ears of your baby have now developed, the ears are still sitting low down but will move to the correct position once the head has grown bigger. Her eyes are beginning to develop: the optical structures are now in place, as well as her eyelids which have just begun to cover her eyes. Her teeth are beginning to form, they are now showing as tiny buds within the mouth, and she can now swallow liquids.

Her stomach, kidneys, intestines, brain and liver are all starting to function now, the stomach & kidneys are producing digestive juices and urine now. The liver is now making red blood cells. If you are having a boy, his testes will now begin to produce testosterone. All your baby’s tissues and organs are growing and maturing and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. The bowels are now getting ready to make their first movements as food is now able to pass through the digestive system.

Tiny nails are now beginning to form on the fingers and toes. Your baby’s arms are now able to bend and have tiny elbows. Her legs now have small indentations on them which will later become her knees and ankles. The outline of her spine has become visible through her translucent skin. Spinal nerves are now stretching out from the spinal cord.

The forehead will now bulge with the developing brain & it sits very high on the head, in the next three weeks the baby’s length will double in size.

Your uterus is now the size of a grapefruit. Your belly may now begin to swell as your uterus grows to accommodate your ever-growing baby: now may be the time to invest in some maternity wear. You will however, be unable to feel baby’s movements just yet. A bit more waiting I’m afraid! You may be able to feel movements as early as 16 weeks but on average the first baby’s movements will be felt around 18-20 weeks pregnant. If this is your first pregnancy you may have to wait longer to feel the movements.

Pregnancy hormones can cause the smooth muscles of the large bowel to become sluggish and can leave you feeling constipated, wholegrain and vegetables should help with this along with drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and carrying out some exercise regularly. Try to kick your caffeine habit now! Drink extra water to help compensate for the loss of fluid in your diet. The caffeine has no nutritional value, it can make you feel nervous and may make you feel more dehydrated.

You may have some headaches and veins may become newly visible as your body’s blood supply increases to help support your baby. You body’s blood supply will increase by 20-40% over your pregnancy.

At your next antenatal appointment you may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat, which will be twice the speed of yours: normally somewhere around 120-140 beats per minute.

Make sure you get some exercise regularly, good examples of this are swimming and walking, which is not too strenuous for yourself or your baby. There should be no problem with continuing exercise you did prior to getting pregnant but it’s probably best not to take up something new that you’re not used to, especially if it’s especially vigorous: that kickboxing class will have to wait!

You may experience some aches & pains as the ligaments and muscles of your pelvis stretch to accommodate your growing uterus. These should not be too painful however but if they are or your experience any bleeding you must visit your doctor immediately as this could be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.

Important things to remember are:

  • Keep hydrated: try melon as a source of water if you do not feel like drinking all the time.
  • Keep taking your folic acid.

Some new mums decide that now is the time to tell their family & friends the exciting news. However most wait until they are in the second trimester which is classed as the safer period and most new mothers begin to feel more comfortable after this period. It is entirely your choice when you decide to tell friends and family about your exciting news and you should only do this when you feel comfortable as it is a big moment. Telling people early will not in any way jinx the pregnancy so just do what feels right to you.

Mums to be are entitled to FREE dental care. Speak to your midwife if you are unsure of how to go about receiving this.

Your partner
If you are asked by your partner to help out because she is struggling, please try to help her. Try to help her feel relaxed also so things such as warm baths, time to relax and enjoy hobbies that she loves such as reading, listening to music are a good idea.

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