10 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect In Week 10

10 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect In Week 10

You’re now 10 weeks pregnant, which means you’re in your third month of pregnancy.

It probably doesn’t seem so long, but you’re close to the end of the first trimester.

10 Weeks Pregnant: What To Expect

This is an exciting thought because it means you’re closer to sharing the news with family and friends.

That is, if you haven’t already spilled the beans!

10 Weeks Pregnant Belly

When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you might notice something keeps getting in the way when you bend down.

You might even notice a tiny 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.

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.

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10 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms

Around 10 weeks 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.

Constipation can also be a problem at around 10 weeks.

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.

Make sure you drink plenty of filtered water, and avoid food made from processed grains, like bread, biscuits and pasta.

Instead, opt for lots of fresh vegetables, protein, good fats, and some fruit.

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.

So hang in there! You don’t have long to wait.

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.

10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby

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.

When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, your baby is approximately 3 cms long, weighs around 4 grams and is the size of a strawberry.

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Last Updated: January 20, 2019

CONTRIBUTOR

Sam McCulloch enjoyed talking so much about birth she decided to become a birth educator and doula, supporting parents in making informed choices about their birth experience. In her spare time she writes novels. She is mother to three beautiful little humans.


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