Weekly Update: What’s happening in Week 10 of Your Pregnancy?

  • November 21, 2017
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tenth week of pregnancy

By week 10, the to-be mom is two months and one week pregnant. From this point, your baby is growing at a great speed and the tremendous changes in your body are only going to continue. This is a very exciting time, so quickly let’s go through what’s going on in week 10 of your pregnancy.

Signs and Symptoms
Your baby bump is finally starting to show! You’ll notice your tummy now looks slightly rounder and feels firmer. Your breasts are growing too, in preparation for the baby. Perhaps, it’s time for a little shopping trip?
The morning sickness, mood swings, fatigue and headaches are going to continue. 
Your veins are going to appear more visible and prominent than before. This is due to the increased blood volume, to provide nutrients for the baby. 
The spike in pregnancy hormones is likely to cause constipation. If it causes too much discomfort, don’t hesitate to consult with your doctor on safe medication to ease bowel movement. 
You may also feel some abdominal pain. It’s a mild muscle pain due to your stretching abdomen. If the pain feels too sharp and intense, visit your doctor immediately.
By now, the spotting and mild bleeding will stop. Instead, you’ll notice an increase in vaginal discharge – a clear, odourless discharge that’s a result of the increased blood flow coupled with oestrogen production. This discharge is how your body gets rid of the bacteria. So, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if the discharge is tinged with blood, has some colour or a foul odour, make sure you let your doctor know right away.

What’s happening to the baby?
On an average, babies grow up to about 1.2 inches and weigh around 2.5 grams by this time. 
All the vital organs have fully developed. The fingernails, hair, eyebrows are starting to appear. 
You may not feel it yet, but your baby is already practicing swallowing and kicking movements! The bones and cartilages are developing. Your baby’s joints and muscles are functioning, which means it can bend its limbs now! 
Its tiny stomach is producing digestive juices and the kidneys are producing urine. The tooth buds are developing under the baby’s gums, though it’ll be months after the baby is born for the teeth to emerge. 
Now that the placenta is in place, the yolk sac which initially provided nutrients to the baby will begin to shrink. 

What should I be doing?
Up your fibre intake to alleviate the constipation. Have foods such as berries, beans, dried fruits, whole grain bread, high fibre cereal, broccoli, avocados, chia seeds, full fat milk, brown rice, bananas and green leafy vegetables. 
Drink plenty of water.
Improve the blood flow throughout your body and to your baby by undertaking moderate exercises for about 30 minutes every day. It is important that you keep the circulation flowing smoothly. Exercising, lying on your left side, elevating your legs with support are some of the ways to keep the blood supply smoothly running. 
Invest in a few elasticated pants and maternity bras that will keep you comfortable during this phase. 
Get as much sleep as you can. 

What should my partner be doing?
Together, as a couple and as expecting parents, you should be locking down the type of delivery you both want – home birth or a hospital, a caesarean or a vaginal delivery. Make sure you decide on these things after doing your research well. Identify the expenses you’ll incur during delivery and set up the funds accordingly.
If you plan to move or undertake any house renovation plans, do it now! But make sure the to-be mom is away from chemicals and paint fumes. 
You and the mommy can actually start brainstorming names for the baby! 
This is an exciting and magical time for your family. Experience every moment of it! 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask us in the comments! 

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