7 Weeks Pregnant – What To Expect

7 Weeks Pregnant - What To Expect

At 7 weeks pregnant, you might not look pregnant but you are certainly feeling 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 – What To Expect

However, it’s not a hard and fast rule to wait until 12 weeks to announce your pregnancy.

You and your partner can decide if 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 have well meant congratulations before you are ready for the new to be public.

If you haven’t already worked out the week your baby is due, check out BellyBelly’s due date caluculator.

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, the expectations you have about the future (work, finances, parenting).

Becoming a parent can bring up a lot of past experiences/feelings you might need to work through and decide how to move forward from.

Particularly if you or your partner have different ideas of 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.

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7 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

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, whether that’s taste, texture or smell
  • Nausea and vomiting. The poorly named ‘morning sickness’ often starts in early pregnancy
  • Frequent urination. As your body increases your blood volume, your kidneys expand and push on your bladder
  • Excess saliva. One of the more unusual pregnancy symptoms, it’s more common in women who have hyperemesis gravidarum (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.

However, if you find yourself 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).

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.
  • Some women find fizzy drinks like soda water help.
  • Ginger is helpful for easing nausea. Use it in cooking, drink ginger tea or buy some ginger capsules.
  • Some women find that eating something simple before they get up helps. Keep some crackers or almonds on your bedside table, as well as in your bag for the day.
  • Make sure you’re taking enough vitamin B6. Don’t overdo it – too much isn’t good either.
  • There are several 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.

Soon, the small tail which is still present will disappear.

At 7 weeks gestation, your baby’s limb buds are now arms and legs, so it’s time for the elbows start to form.

Soon your baby will start having fun bending and flexing and will soon realise his or her strength – and you’ll know about it!

Your baby’s fingers and toes look like little ridges but will start to develop into tiny digits.

Nostrils, lips and a tongue begin to form, along with teeth under your baby’s gums.

Eyelids have begun forming and both parts of 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 – around 1.25cm long.

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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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