You are now officially just over half way through your first trimester. Even though you don’t look as if you are pregnant, be reassured that on the inside there is a lot going on.
It may seem strange to be constantly comparing the size of your baby with some variety of food, but this is normal in the early weeks of pregnancy. It just eliminates any confusion because we’ve all got a mental picture of the same thing.
So, when you are 7 weeks pregnant, your baby is the size of a small bean.
Your baby has also grown bigger than it was when you first conceived, but you still won’t be aware of it jumping around inside your uterus. That will come around mid-way through your second trimester.
How your baby is growing
Your baby’s heart and brain are becoming more complex. It’s no wonder if you’re feeling hungry; all that baby growth needs the energy from food to support it.
The eyelid folds are forming. The tip of his nose is starting to show. The arms now bend at the elbows and curve slightly over his chest where the heart is. Not only is baby’s brain becoming more complex, but the heart is too.
Also important, baby is developing a permanent set of kidneys
Baby’s arm and leg joints are now forming, as well as their facial features being more recognisable. That family nose is beginning to take shape, not to mention those lips you wouldn’t mind they inherited. The back of their head is growing faster than the front, Their mouth and tongue are starting to form in week 7 along with their arms and legs. As the week progresses, they will become more defined.
Your baby’s sex glands are starting to form when you are 7 weeks pregnant, but it’s still way too early to tell if your baby is a boy or a girl on ultrasound.
Your baby’s kidneys are where they need to be this week, but they haven’t started filtering the baby’s blood just yet. They will soon start producing urine which will form a fair percentage of the amniotic fluid which the baby is going to float around in for the next 7 months or so.
Pregnancy symptoms at seven weeks
You may not look or even feel pregnant, but your uterus is expanding to accommodate your growing baby. Before pregnancy it was the size of a closed fist. Now it’s as big as a grapefruit. As your uterus grows, you may feel mild cramps in your tummy.
Always check with your midwife if you are experiencing cramps, just in case. There are some pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore. If you have cramps with bleeding, seek medical help immediately. Your midwife and doctor are there to help you.
Emotional ups and downs can carry on throughout pregnancy and well after your baby is born. So accept that you’re bound to feel fragile occasionally.
Your Body at 7 Weeks
- Constipation may be your unwelcome friend this week. It will help for you to drink lots of fluids and make sure your diet is high in fibre.
- Nausea, intolerance to certain foods, vomiting and even heartburn can hang around for most of the day.
- Be careful about your oral hygiene but watch how far back you go with your toothbrush. You may be too sensitive now to be brushing the back of your tongue with a lot of pleasure.
- You may find you are especially sensitive to the heat and want to strip off your clothing the first chance you get. This is as a result of the extra circulating blood volume in your body.
- Some women gain a few kgs in the first trimester and others lose weight, it is purely individual.
- You might be feeling really tired all the time and no amount of sleep seems to make a difference. This is such a common symptom of early pregnancy but by the end of the 1st trimester your normal energy levels will return.
Tips for Week 7
- Make a dental appointment. Poor oral hygiene and gum disease is linked with premature labour as well as other complications. Speak with your dentist how to maintain a healthy mouth throughout your pregnancy. Remember; tell them you are pregnant because x-rays at any stage of pregnancy can be risky.
- Consider eating more ginger. Many women say that ginger biscuit or ginger tea helps to settle a queasy tummy.
- Eat small snacks often and avoid too much time in-between meals. Lots of women say these are the first of many aversions they develop through their pregnancy.