When you are 10 weeks pregnant, your baby has started his or her very own exercise program. With arms and legs that can now bend, there are a lot of new abilities to practice. To watch some amazing videos showing fetal development, click here.
For mom, this is a good time to start exercising too, especially if the nausea and exhaustion are subsiding. You’ll find tips and advice regarding pregnancy yoga here.
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Your Baby’s Development
The fetal age of your baby is now 8 weeks. Even though he or she is still tiny, he (she) already looks like a little baby in many ways. And acts like a little baby too! Your uterus has now become an inside playground. The little baby has begun to move inside you, kicking and waving more than you can even imagine.
Although you cannot feel the movements yet, you will in time be able to recognize each time your little one rolls over, kicks or even hiccups once they grow larger.
Here is more on what is going on with your baby this week:
- Approximately 1.2 inches (3 cm) long from crown to rump, weighing less than a sixth of an ounce (around 4 grams), your baby now has fully functional organs and details are beginning to be more apparent.
- Swallowing fluid is something your baby is practicing now while swimming around on the inside.
- Tiny fingernails, fussy hair, and even limbs that can bend at the wrist and ankles help give your little one a more human appearance.
- The head is approximately half the size of the body overall, bulging slightly at the forehead to account for the developing brain, but rest assured that everything will settle into place as the weeks go by. Your baby can now shake his head – or well, at least move it.
- If you could see your little one now, the spine is visible along with all the nerves, branching out through the body.
Some women find those annoying pregnancy symptoms are starting to ease up now.
Energy levels can be notably higher and you may get some of your appetite back, so don’t be surprised if you start having those weird pregnancy cravings!
Certain smells may still bother you and those carrying twins may still be waiting for the day that their extreme nausea subsides.
You may notice some skin changes around this week as well.
Linea Nigra is a dark vertical line of pigmentation that may show up on your abdomen, but don’t be alarmed. This is a very common thing and will subside after pregnancy. An old wife’s tale is that a short linea nigra, only to the navel, means a girl and a long means a boy.
Your uterus is now above your pelvic bone that makes it easy for your medical provider to feel it during an external examination. If you lie down flat on your back, you might even be able to feel it yourself by pressing gently just above your pelvis bone.
If you are now less nauseted and tired, consider starting to exercise. An excellent prenatal yoga DVD is “Prenatal Yoga” With Shiva Rea. You can read about the benefits of pregnancy yoga and good yoga positions during each trimester here.
Constipation is a common discomfort with women during this early time in pregnancy; sometimes it can be due to the prenatal vitamins that you are taking, while others find it is caused by the change in hormones that are slowing up digestion.
Either way, eating a balanced diet and getting enough fluids can help ease this symptom. You’ll find more information about healthy eating during pregnancy here.
Prenatal testing can be part of your routine visit to your doctor if you are over 35 years of age or considered a high risk.
For other women, you may opt to go with prenatal testing just for your own piece of mind. In some places, you can choose not to take part in prenatal testing at all.
Remember to go with what you are personally comfortable with. It is your body and your baby and you should do what you feel is right, even now before the birth.
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