At 7 weeks pregnant, you might not look pregnant but you are certainly feeling pregnant!
Many couples wait until the first trimester has passed before they announce they are having a baby. This seems to have come into vogue around the time the nuchal translucency ultrasound was introduced, which estimates the risk for babies having Down Syndrome.
It’s not a hard and fast rule and one you and your partner can decide for yourself if you want the support of loved ones at this time. If you do share the news with a select few, make sure they understand the need to respect your privacy and not to spread the news until you are ready.
It’s never too early for you and your partner to share your pregnancy experience and work out together your vision for birth, the expectations you have about the future (work, finances, parenting). Becoming a parent can throw up a lot of past experiences/feelings that you might need to work through and decide how to move forward from.
If you're anxious or scared to share the news of your pregnancy, see our article, 10 ways to cope when you're scared to share the news.
7 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body
At this stage, you might be experiencing pregnancy nausea and cravings for certain foods.
If you find yourself craving non-food items or even ice, this is a condition called pica. In some cases, pica is believed to be linked to nutritional deficiency.
Find out more about what doctors know about craving ice during pregnancy (which is more common later in pregnancy).
To help combat pregnancy nausea you could:
- Try eating small meals often, and avoid going for long periods without food.
- Avoid spicy or fatty foods.
- Some women find fizzy drinks like soda water help.
- Ginger is helpful for easing nausea. Use it in cooking, drink ginger tea or buy some ginger capsules.
- Some women find that eating something simple before they get up helps. Keep some crackers or almonds on your bedside table, as well as in your bag for the day.
- Make sure you’re taking enough vitamin B6. Don’t overdo it – too much isn’t good either.
- There are several over the counter medications if you find morning sickness unbearable. Just don’t forget to let the pharmacist know you’re pregnant.
Remember that different things will work for different women – you will have to experiment to see what works for you.
You might like to read our article on morning sickness.
7 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby
Your baby is still considered an embryo and has a small tail that will disappear in a few weeks.
Baby’s limb buds are now arms and legs, so it’s time for the elbows start to form – soon your baby will start having fun bending and flexing and will soon realise his or her strength – and you’ll know about it!
Your baby’s fingers and toes look like little ridges but will start to develop into tiny digits. Nostrils, lips and a tongue begin to form, along with teeth under your baby’s gums. Eyelids have begun forming and both parts of baby’s brain are growing. The liver is creating red blood cells and will do so until baby’s bone marrow forms and takes over.
At 7 weeks pregnant, your baby is now the size of a blueberry – around 1.25cm long.