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.
10 weeks pregnant
Right now, you might be very close to sharing the news with family and friends.
That is, if you haven’t spilled the beans already!
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.
10 weeks pregnant belly
You might 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 this stage of pregnancy most pregnant women find they can make do with clothes that have stretchy waistbands.
10 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms
At around 10 weeks of pregnancy, 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 ligaments attached to your uterus are stretching too.
Try to avoid sudden and repetitive movements. Change positions slowly and do gentle stretching daily.
You might also notice an increase in vaginal discharge.
This discharge is leukorrhea, which should be a thin, milky, mild-smelling fluid. If it has a foul smell, or it’s tinged with red or any other colour, speak to your care provider.
At 10 weeks pregnant, you’re probably completely over having to suffer morning sickness.
Nausea and vomiting can continue into the second trimester, but it usually ends in about week 12 of pregnancy. Hang in there! You don’t have long to wait.
Constipation at 10 weeks of pregnancy
Constipation can also be a problem during early 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.
During pregnancy, 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.
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.
10 weeks pregnant ultrasound
Genetic testing is optional, but if you’ve decided to have it done, it’s usually performed after 10 weeks gestation.
It involves a simple blood test, to analyse your baby’s DNA, which has passed into your bloodstream.
It also tests for signs of Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.
You will have an ultrasound that measures your baby’s nuchal fold (back of the neck).
Along with your blood test results, it helps to determine your risk of having a baby with a chromosomal disorder.
You can to decide to have this screening, or opt out, depending on your own individual situation.
Your baby at 10 weeks of pregnancy
At 10 weeks pregnant, your baby has developed all the important organs, and they are now starting to function.
Your baby’s joints are fully developed and the limbs can bend.
Fingers and toes are formed and have grown tiny nails; baby’s hair is also beginning to grow.
And although you won’t see any teeth until your baby is around 6 months old, tiny teeth buds are forming in the gums.
The 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.
Eye colour has now been determined, but the eyelids will be fused shut until early in the third trimester, as the irises develop.
Your baby’s head is about half the total body length.
The size of your baby at 10 weeks
When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby is approximately 3 centimetres (1.18 inches) long, weighs around 4 grams and is the size of a strawberry.
A: If the second line on the pregnancy test is very faint, it’s still a positive result. If you haven’t officially missed your period yet, wait until it was expected, then test again. If your period is already late, you can either test again in a few days to check for a darker line, or see your doctor for a hCG blood test.
A: If you want to have a baby boy, one of the things you can do is to adopt a diet that contains a lot of potassium and sodium. So you need to eat foods like bananas and berries, and add salt to your food.
A: The earliest a baby can talk is around 11 months of age. All parents are excited to hear their baby start talking. A baby will typically say ‘dada’ or ‘mama’ when he or she first starts to talk.
A: You can still continue to drink tea during pregnancy. But the teas to drink which are better for your baby are certain herbal teas, such as raspberry leaf tea and ginger tea.