At 7 weeks pregnant, you might not look pregnant but you certainly feel 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 when the nuchal translucency ultrasound was introduced.
This scan estimates the risk for babies having Down Syndrome.
7 Weeks Pregnant
It’s certainly not a hard and fast rule to wait 12 weeks before you announce your pregnancy.
It’s up to you and your partner to decide whether or not 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.
Otherwise, you might receive well-meant congratulations from everyone before you are ready for the news to be made public.
If you haven’t already worked out the week your baby is due, check out BellyBelly’s due date calculator.
It’s never too early for you and your partner to start planning your future as parents.
For example, you can work out your vision for the birth, and the expectations you have about the future (work, finances, parenting).
Becoming a parent can bring up a lot of past experiences and feelings. You might need to work through them and then decide how to move forward.
This is particularly true if you or your partner have different ideas about how to raise children.
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 Pregnancy Symptoms
At 7 weeks gestation, you might be experiencing a number of pregnancy signs.
These might include:
- Food aversions. Certain foods can suddenly become less appealing – in terms of taste, texture or smell
- Nausea and vomiting. The poorly named ‘morning sickness’ often starts in early pregnancy
- Frequent urination. As your body’s blood volume increases, your kidneys expand and push on your bladder
- Excess saliva. This is one of the more unusual pregnancy symptoms. It’s more common in women who have hyperemesis gravidarum (an extreme form of pregnancy sickness).
- Food cravings. As pregnancy hormones rise, you might find yourself wanting to eat only certain foods, or craving the oddest combinations.
- Non-food cravings. If you start to craving non-food items or even ice, this is a condition called pica. In some cases, pica is linked to nutritional deficiency.
Find out more about what doctors know about Craving Ice During Pregnancy (which is more common later in pregnancy).
7 Weeks Pregnant Belly
If morning sickness has well and truly kicked in, by now you might be wishing this part of pregnancy away.
If you do experience pregnancy sickness, it will probably last until about weeks 12-16.
It’s believed the sickness is due to rising levels of hCG, which peaks around weeks 8-12.
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.
- Try fizzy drinks, like soda water. Some women find this helps.
- Try ginger, which is helpful for easing nausea. Use it in cooking, drink ginger tea, or buy some ginger capsules.
- Eat something simple before you get up. Keep some crackers or almonds on your bedside table, as well as in your bag, to nibble during the day.
- Make sure you’re taking enough vitamin B6. Don’t overdo it – too much isn’t good either.
- Try one of the available over-the-counter medications, if you find morning sickness unbearable. Just don’t forget to let the pharmacist know you’re pregnant.
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.
The small tail which is still present will soon disappear.
At 7 weeks gestation, your baby’s limb buds are now arms and legs, so it’s time for the elbows to start to form.
Soon your baby will start to have fun bending and flexing, and will soon realise his or her strength. And you’ll certainly know about it!
At the moment, your baby’s fingers and toes look like little ridges, but they will begin to develop into tiny digits.
Nostrils, lips and a tongue are also forming, and teeth are growing under your baby’s gums.
Eyelids have begun to form and both parts of your 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 – about 1.25cm long.