10 Weeks Pregnant
You’re now 10 weeks pregnant! It probably doesn’t seem like it’s been so long, but you’re close to the end of the first trimester and that’s something to celebrate.
It’s a very exciting time and thinking about what you’re going to need for your baby is probably at the top of your list right now.
Many mamas-to-be spend a lot of time planning their baby nursery, choice of pram or type of baby carrier. And once you let the world in on your secret, you’ll be inundated with people wanting to know what you need.
It might seem a bit early at 10 weeks pregnant, but if you haven’t already thought about a baby registry, it might be a good idea to start planning one. Or if a baby registry isn’t your thing, a list of items that you’d love to be gifted so family and friends know how to help.
Week 10 – when to announce you’re pregnant
When you are in week 10 you might be thinking ahead to when you can spill the beans about being pregnant.
Some women may already have shared their news by week 10. Others like to wait until after they’ve had their nuchal translucency ultrasound between 11-14 weeks. Some women prefer to wait until the risk of miscarriage has decreased.
There are also plenty of women who like to keep their pregnancy news to themselves until they’re ready to share. Whatever feels right for you to make your announcement is the best choice.
It can be tricky to hide the fact you’re 10 weeks pregnant when out with friends, especially when being mindful of food safety or alcohol intake.
Check out this article for some top tips about how to navigate those awkward moments.
10 weeks pregnant is how many months?
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you’re two and a half months pregnant.
This may seem confusing, but remember, the first day of pregnancy is actually the first day of your last menstrual period.
For the ultimate pregnancy guide, be sure to read BellyBelly’s Pregnancy Symptoms Week By Week. At 10 weeks pregnant it’s not too late to have a road map for finding out what to expect now and in the future.
10 weeks pregnant belly – what to expect
This might be the week you notice something keeps getting in the way when you bend down.
Perhaps you might even notice a tiny 10 week baby bump has popped out overnight.
Your body is making way for your rapidly growing baby.
This is such an exciting time!
Your clothes are probably starting to feel really tight and uncomfortable around your middle.
Now is a great time to buy yourself some new clothes that will accommodate your changing shape.
Don’t go crazy and buy an entirely new maternity wardrobe just yet, because you still have plenty of growing to do.
Besides, at 10 weeks pregnant most women find they can make do with clothes that have stretchy waistbands.
Weight gain at 10 weeks
You might be wondering if you will put on any weight in the first trimester. Most of your weight gain will happen in the second and third trimester, rather than the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
During the first trimester, food aversions and pregnancy nausea tend to cause your weight to drop a little or stay stable.
Some women do have a small increase of weight in the first trimester. This is also very normal and nothing to be concerned about. There are many reasons for this, such as increased blood volume, bloating and so on.
Putting on a healthy amount of weight helps to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and positive birth experience.
10 weeks pregnant symptoms
Pregnancy symptoms you are likely to be experiencing up to 10 weeks pregnancy include:
- Morning sickness
- Vaginal discharge
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Bloating and gas
- Mood swings
- Visible veins
- Morning sickness.
However at around 10 weeks pregnant you might start experiencing some new pregnancy symptoms.
You might’ve noticed your veins are more visible on areas of your body such as your belly and breasts. This is especially more noticeable if your skin is fair but darker skin will also show a network of blue veins.
These veins look like a road map and are part of the way your body is responding to increased blood flow.
Cool fact – during pregnancy your blood volume increases by up to 50%. This means your veins have to carry more blood flow than usual, which is why they’re more visible.
In week 10, mood swings are still likely a thing, but the good news is, this will start to ease off as the first trimester comes to an end and you begin the second trimester.
Your hormones will settle down and you won’t be crying or cranky about the smallest things – at least until the third trimester!
You might notice some sharp jabbing pain on one or both sides of your belly. This is known as round ligament pain.
It happens because the round ligaments attached to your uterus are stretching too. Your body has been releasing a hormone called relaxin. This hormone allows your muscles and ligaments to stretch to accommodate your growing baby, as well as give birth. At the same time, it causes the round ligament pain that can stop you in your tracks!
Relaxin levels generally start to peak around or after 10 weeks pregnant. But the effects of relaxin will continue well into the second trimester.
As well as round ligament pain, you can also experience some back pain in the first trimester. As long as you’re not also having numbness, shooting pain into your buttocks or tingling, back pain is usually a normal part of pregnancy.
To prevent making round ligament pain and back pain worse, avoid sudden and repetitive movements. Change positions slowly and do gentle stretching daily. To ease round ligament pain put your feet up and make sure you sit up straight, to reduce pressure on your pelvis and lower back.
You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge at 10 weeks pregnant. This is due to an increased blood supply to your pelvic area and vagina, along with higher levels of pregnancy hormones.
This discharge is called leukorrhea, and it should be a thin, milky, mild-smelling fluid.
If the fluid has a foul smell, is tinged with red or any other colour, speak to your healthcare provider.
This is especially important as you might have an infection that needs treating.
You can use a panty liner or maternity briefs if you’re experiencing lot of discharge. Find out how to manage pregnancy discharge here.
At 10 weeks pregnant, you’re probably completely over morning sickness. Trying to cope with other pregnancy symptoms like round ligament pain while suffering from morning sickness isn’t fun.
Nausea and vomiting usually stops around week 12 of pregnancy. Hang in there! At week 10 you don’t have long to wait.
Constipation at 10 weeks of pregnancy
Constipation can also be a problem at week 10 of pregnancy. A study on pregnant women found women who were over 35 years of age, in a sedentary job and with a BMI greater than 24 had a higher prevalence of constipation, especially in the second trimester.
During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone relaxes the bowel and intestine and this slows down the passage of food.
As a result, your body removes more water from your stools, causing them to harden.
How do I avoid constipation?
Some changes to your diet and lifestyle can help you avoid constipation, and possibly the haemorrhoids that tend to come with it.
- Make sure you drink plenty of filtered water (read about the 9 benefits of adding in electrolytes during pregnancy)
- Avoid foods made from processed grains, such as bread, biscuits, cereals and pasta
- Try and get some daily exercise – even if you commit to just 10 minutes per day, but aim for 30
- Eat lots of fresh vegetables, protein, good fats, and some fruit.
If constipation is an ongoing problem, speak to your healthcare provider about ways to manage it.
10 weeks pregnant ultrasound
At 10 weeks pregnant, you may be offered an ultrasound.
Screening tests for chromosomal abnormalities
Non-invasive screening tests may also be offered, although this genetic testing is optional.
Blood tests aren’t generally necessary during early pregnancy except as a tool to decide what sort of care you may need.
If you’ve decided to have the screening tests done, it can be performed as early as 10 weeks pregnancy.
The screening test involves a simple blood test, to analyse your baby’s DNA, which has passed into your bloodstream. The blood tests look for signs of Down syndrome (also known as Down’s syndrome) and other chromosomal abnormalities.
You will also have an ultrasound that measures your baby’s nuchal fold, a fluid filled space at the back of the neck. If there is increased fluid, this indicates there is an increased risk of Down’s syndrome.
The two screening test results are health information to help determine your risk of having a baby with a chromosomal disorder.
You can decide to have this screening, or opt out, depending on your own individual situation and risk factors.
These risk factors include your age, family history of genetic conditions, or a previous pregnancy with a chromosomal disorder.
Talk to your healthcare provider about your specific situation and understand your risks and benefits of having screening after week 10.
What happens if I have an increased risk?
If the screening test puts you at higher risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome, you may be offered further tests. One of these tests takes a tiny sample of placenta tissue, called chorionic villi. Another test takes a sample of the fluid surrounding your baby in the uterus.
Both the chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis tests have an increased risk of miscarriage.
Your healthcare provider should counsel you about the risks and benefits of these tests.
Spina bifida, a neural tube defect that develops early in pregnancy, may also be detected during this ultrasound. However, it’s more commonly looked for during the anomaly scan that is performed in the second trimester between 18-20 weeks of pregnancy.
Your baby at 10 weeks pregnant
At 10 weeks pregnant, your baby is beginning to take a human shape now. All the important organs have developed and they are now starting to function.
Baby’s heart beat
Your baby’s heart rate is around 170 beats per minute by week 10 and many people describe the sound as like a galloping horse. If you were able to listen to your baby’s heartbeat during the day, you’d notice it fluctuate depending on activity and sleep patterns.
Baby bones and teeth form
Your baby’s joints are fully developed and the limbs can bend. Fingers and toes are formed and have grown tiny nails. During this pregnancy week your baby’s hair is also beginning to grow.
Your baby has tiny tooth buds forming in the gums, although you won’t see any milk teeth until your baby is around 6 months old.
Baby is preparing for life outside
At 10 weeks pregnant your baby’s nervous system is starting to develop, along with the large muscles and the digestive system. In fact, your baby’s stomach is making digestive juices. And the kidneys are increasing their urine output.
Your baby is practising swallowing and, yes, that means swallowing amniotic fluid! Of course, the fluid is harmless for your baby. But it contains plenty of matter which will end up forming your baby’s first poo.
Now you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby’s eye colour has been determined, but the eyelids will be fused shut until early in the third trimester, as the irises develop.
The size of your baby at 10 weeks – weight and length
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby’s head is about half the total body length.
At this pregnancy week, your baby is approximately 3 centimetres (1.18 inches) long, weighs around 4 grams and is the size of a strawberry.
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