Week 7 of Your Pregnancy

At 7 weeks, your embryo is now 10,000 times bigger than it was when it arrived in your uterus! Your baby is growing rapidly and generating new brain cells at a rate of 100 per minute.

PREGNANCY WEEK 7



Your Body at Week 7 of Your Pregnancy



Mood swings

Due to the changing hormones many women experience moodiness.


You may go to the toilet more often than usual

Pregnancy hormones may make you feel that you have a constant need to pee. But still it is important to stay hydrated, but you may want to cut back on fluids late in the day so you don't have to get up to pee as frequently at night.


Heightened sense of smell

Many women find that they're overwhelmed by smells which were normal earlier. This may be a side effect of rapidly increasing levels of estrogen. This heightened sense of smell is temporary, and will fade away quickly.


You may feel your breasts are larger and feel sore

Increased hormone levels boost blood flow, which may make your breasts feel swollen, sore, tingly, and unusually sensitive to touch.


You may feel quite tired

During the first trimester, a huge amount of energy goes into building a life-support system for your baby, especially the placenta, which can leave you feeling tired. There are also a lot of hormonal and emotional changes that are happening.


Metallic taste

You may notice a metallic taste in your mouth during the first trimester, this is due to surge in estrogen.


Nausea

It usually starts around week 5 or 6 of pregnancy. There are safe ways to get relief from morning sickness, including changes to your diet and lifestyle, natural remedies, and medication. Talk to your provider if it bothers you.


Food Aversions

Most expecting moms experience food aversions, this is due to hormones and a heightened sense of smell. If you are not able to eat your regular food then try eating bland or cold foods. If cooking makes you sick, plan to have someone else cook for you.


Headache

It's common to get headaches during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. Once you reach the second trimester, headaches may diminish or disappear. Getting enough sleep, food and water, and exercise can prevent headaches, and relaxation techniques like massage and meditation may help.


Heartburn and Indigestion

If you’ve got a burning sensation from the depths of your stomach to your mouth after you eat, then you’ve got pregnancy-induced indigestion and heartburn. Avoid heartburn triggers like spicy or fatty foods and caffeinated drinks and ask your doctor about pregnancy-safe heartburn remedies.


 

Your Baby at Week 7 of Your Pregnancy


How big is my baby?

Your baby's approximately a quarter of an inch in length now — about the size of a blueberry. Your baby is 10,000 times bigger now than she was at conception a month ago.

Your baby is now about 1 cm long. The brain is developing rapidly, and the head is much bigger than the body.

They have large eyes, a wide forehead and 'buds' where the ears are going to form. They also have nostrils and lips, while the brain, spinal cord and internal organs are developing, including the stomach, kidneys and lungs.



Your baby's eyes

The main parts of the eye that allow your baby to see – the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, and retina – start developing this week, and they're almost fully formed just a few weeks later.


Your Baby's Brain

The neural tube that becomes your baby's spinal column and brain has formed and closed on both ends, with your baby's brain at the top. It's now made up of three areas (forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain).


Your Baby's Heartbeat

The baby’s heart is now beating at 150-180 beats per minute.


 

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