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Welcome to the 7th week of pregnancy. Good news, your baby is getting smarter by minutes, and the bad news…well you know the usual culprit, Morning sickness!
Just found out that you are expecting a baby and would want to know about how it’s been doing so far? Read about your baby’s weekly development HERE. Hope you already have a trustworthy health provider or in the process of getting one. It is extremely important that you find a doctor with whom you can communicate well and also bond, because next 8 months are going to be some ride!
At 7 weeks, your baby can be anywhere from 3/4 th of an inch to 1 inch long. Now you might think it’s unbelievable that the baby is growing so fast…Didn’t we tell you that the baby’s only mission in the life right now is ‘to grow and to get bigger’ 😛
If you are wondering who the little munchkin is going to look like, well you won’t have to wait too long to find out. Baby’s face is developing fast. Nostrils, eyelids, chin…Soon enough you may be able to see her/his face on an ultrasound. Not just face but arms are growing too, though they don’t exactly look like arms yet, more like duck paddles!
Brain is developing and dividing into sections (forebrain, midbrain, hindbrain), these different sections will be responsible for different tasks like thinking, storing memories, coordination etc. Baby has got kidneys too now. By this point every essential organ like skin, heart, brain, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, hair, tongue, eyes etc. has started to develop. But the baby still has a long way to go and grow.
Your Pregnant Belly
At 7 weeks, as you are keeping the sweet secret well hidden, you yourself will start to feel a wave of physical and emotional changes. Cramps from last few weeks will persist as your uterus is growing and the ligaments are stretching. Your kidneys are expanding too, to purify the now increased amount of blood and also the waste material and metabolites from the baby. Growing uterus starts pushing on the bladder and you might find yourself running to the bathroom far too many times.
To restrict the outside bacteria or any harmful thing from coming inside, cervix mucus thickness and seals the opening to the uterus. This should not affect your intimate moments though. Light spotting post coital is normal, but if you notice heavy bleeding or more than usual spotting, call your doctor immediately.
Your morning sickness will most probably still be there, but if the symptoms are getting unbearable for example, being nauseated all the time, not being able to keep anything down at all, extreme dehydration, speak with your doctor about possibility of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
You may even start noticing little bumps around nipples, on the areola. These are called Montgomery Tubercles. Montgomery Tubercles are small sebaceous glands that secrete sebum and keep nipples well lubricated and germ free.
Growing uterus will cause cramps, but if they are severe let your doctor know.
Your Week 7 Pregnancy Checklist
- Start doing Pelvic Floor Exercises.
- Start reading these articles with your partner and get them involved in what you are experiencing.
- Continue taking 400 mcg of Folic Acid. Even better if you are taking a prenatal multivitamin- multimineral which will provide you with enough Iron and Calcium.
- You don’t need to start eating for two; just try and incorporate healthy eating habits by cutting down on alcohol, caffeine, packaged and fast food items.
Present content is not a medical advise nor should it be substituted for one. Please consult a certified medical professional for medical consultation.