10 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

10 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect

When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you may notice there’s something 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 which accomodate your changing shape.

Don’t go crazy and buy an entirely new maternity wardrobe just yet.

You still have plenty of growing to do.

Most pregnant women find at this stage of pregnancy the can make do with clothes with stretchy waistbands.

10 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

At ten weeks pregnant, you’re probably feeling completed over the morning sickness.

Nausea and vomiting can continue into the second trimester.

But it’s more common for it to end around week 12 of pregnancy.

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

Don’t worry if you’re still getting some crazy, wild mood changes.

Mood swings are due to rapidly increasing hormones in your body.

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Tips For Coping With Pregnancy Mood Swings

There isn’t much you can do about the hormones but you can lessen the effects on you.

Now’s the time to remember your body is doing an incredible job.

You’re growing another human!

If that doesn’t give you the right to indulge in some self care, nothing does.

Try to focus on doing something good for yourself every day. This doesn’t have to be bubble baths and foot massages (although they help!).

Incorporate these tips into your daily life to help you feel as good as you can during pregnancy:

  • Reduce stress and make sure you build relaxation into each day. This helps you unwind emotionally and allows your body to release tension. Meditation or yoga is perfect for this.
  • Get plenty of sleep (preferably more hours before midnight than after). Sleep is when your body recharges and rejuvenates. Trying to function on very little sleep can make you more sensitive to events around you.
  • Eating well will provide your baby with the right nutrients to develop as well as support your body. Growing a baby is a pretty big task and good quality, nutritious food can help your body cope. If you need help with your diet, seek the help of a qualified expert in pregnancy nutrition. BellyBelly’s article Nutrition in Pregnancy has plenty of tips too.
  • Exercise as often as you can. This doesn’t mean you need to run a marathon! But moving your body can improve your mood. Try pregnancy classes, a walk or even swimming. Being fit does have benefits for pregnancy and birth as well.

10 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

Around 10 weeks pregnancy you may notice some interesting twinges and aches on one or either side of your belly.

This is called round ligament pain.

It happens because the ligaments attached to your uterus are stretching too.

This causes sharp jabbing pain and feels quite uncomfortable.

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.

This is caused by progesterone, which relaxes the bowel and intestine, and as a result slows down the passage of food.

When this happens, your body removes more water from your stools causing them to harden.

Ensure you’re drinking plenty of filtered water — around 2-3 litres per day.

Avoid processed grains like bread, biscuits, pasta and other wheat products that can bind you up and spike blood sugar levels.

This can help you avoid excess weight gain as most processed foods have no nutrition value and plenty of empty calories.

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

A high fibre diet will also help your digestive system. Try eating fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than inflammation-causing wheat and grain based cereals.

Wind and gas often increases in pregnancy.

For tips on reducing wind, read our article gas during pregnancy.

You might notice an increase in vaginal discharge which is largely thanks to pregnancy hormones increasing blood flow to your pelvis.

This discharge is called leukorrhea and should be a thin, milky, mild smelling fluid. If it has a foul smell, is tinged red or any other colour, speak to your care provider.

10 Weeks Pregnant – Your Baby

Your baby at 10 weeks pregnant has developed all important organs which are starting to function.

Your baby’s joints are fully developed and limbs can now bend.

Fingers and toes are formed and have grown tiny nails, and hair is beginning to grow.

And while 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 urine output.

Your baby is practicing swallowing and yes that means the 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 is now determined and the eyelids are fused shut until early in the third trimester, as the irises develop.

Your baby’s head is about half the body length!

While genetic testing is optional, if you’ve decided to have it done it’s usually performed after 10 weeks gestation.

This is a simple blood test that analyses your baby’s DNA which has passed into your bloodstream.

It tests for signs of Down’s syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

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

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Last Updated: October 29, 2018

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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