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10 Weeks Pregnant


Image: Fetal Development At 10 Weeks

From her little webbed toes to her tiny webbed fingers, your baby is likely to be moving around quite a lot inside you! Most mums don’t feel this until around week 16 though, so you still have that to look forward to.

Your baby is now about 2.3 in length and can even pee. And even though you are still not showing much yet, your little one has grown a remarkable amount in the last few weeks. The tail has now disappeared, and your baby has taste and tooth buds. The brain is developing rapidly, with nearly a quarter of a million neurons produced every minute. Wow. Even though genitalia will not be apparent externally until next week, in male babies the production of testosterone will have begun.

You may have gained a bit of weight at this time but don’t worry – it’s normal, although most weight gain takes place in the second and third trimesters. Remember to keep drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated. It also helps to eat water-rich foods such as melon.

If you haven’t had it already, you’ll be offered your booking appointment around this time. Here you can discuss with your midwife any plans for antenatal care and the birth. Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on these things yet, it’s just helpful to start thinking and getting information at this point.
Why am I so moody?
Many women experience a lot of mood swings at this point. Often this settles down in the second trimester when your placenta takes over hormone production for the baby, but even then you will probably find that emotions run higher throughout your pregnancy and especially towards the end. This is likely to be a mixture of hormones, fatigue and the range of feelings you may have about approaching parenthood.

For example many women worry about finances, their relationship with their partner, and how the new arrival might affect any other children they have. These days, there is so much advice on pregnancy and child-rearing out there that mums-to-be can sometimes feel guilty and overwhelmed – wondering if they can measure up.

You probably aren’t exercising as much as you normally do as you may be feeling tired and nauseous. Your body is expanding to accommodate your baby and you may be feeling less attractive, or worry that your partner doesn’t admire you as much as normal.

This is the time to try to curl up on the sofa in front of a good movie and relax. It may seem like there is a perfect way to do everything but you must remember that one of the most important aspects of pregnancy care is self-care. This means plenty of rest and being easy on yourself. Perhaps now would be a good time to have a chat with your partner about how you’re both feeling. Remember, he can’t help if he doesn’t know what you’re going through.

Above all, try to keep in mind that what you’re experiencing is normal, and it will all be worth it come delivery day!
I’m experiencing so much indigestion – help!
Sadly, indigestion is all too common in pregnancy – in fact research shows up to 80% of pregnant women experience it. It manifests as discomfort or pain in the upper abdominal area and symptoms include:

  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Regurgitation (food coming back up from the tummy)
  • Heartburn – a feeling of burning caused by the passing of acid from the tummy into the oesophagus (gullet)
  • Vomiting.

Indigestion in pregnancy is largely down to all the changes taking place in your clever body. For example increased hormone levels have a tendency to relax the muscles in your digestive system, which can slow down your processes of digestion. And as your pregnancy progresses and your baby grows, this discomfort can be made worse by increased pressure on your abdomen. Poor mum.

Does indigestion harm my baby?
Thankfully, no. It is even thought that your slowed digestive system may be helping your baby, because nutrients may pass through the placenta more slowly. Although that doesn’t stop it being incredibly irritating for you!

Is there anything I can do to ease my indigestion?
In truth there’s probably nothing you can do to rid yourself of pregnancy indigestion completely. However, there are some things that might help. Try to:

  • Eat more small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. Eat slowly and chew each mouthful thoroughly.
  • Recognise which foods might be increasing your indigestion and avoid them. Many women find that fruit juices, foods with high fat content, spicy foods and chocolate are often indigestion culprits. It might help to make a note of when your indigestion flares up – then you may begin to notice problem foods.
  • Avoid alcoholic or caffeine-filled drinks – you’ll need to for the health of your baby anyway.
  • Don’t smoke. On top of it being very dangerous for your baby, smoking can relax the valve that runs between your food pipe and your tummy, making you more likely to experience indigestion.
  • If you experience indigestion in the evenings, make an effort to eat supper three hours or more before you head to bed. You might also find it helpful to sleep with your upper body propped up with a few pillows.
  • Avoid putting extra pressure on your stomach while you’re digesting. After a meal try to sit up straight, avoid tight clothing and wait an hour or more before lying down after a meal. Also take care to bend from your knees rather than from your waist.

Possible Scan at Week 10
An Early Pregnancy Viability Scan can be helpful if you feel a bit worried or just want to make sure that all is well with your baby.

This scan is advised for women over 35, and strongly recommended for women over 40. It’s especially important to have this scan if you’ve had vaginal bleeding or suspect an ectopic pregnancy.

Early Pregnancy Scan

Early Pregnancy Scan Picture (Click image to enlarge)

Viability scans are easily performed trans-abdominally (through the tummy) at 7-11 weeks of pregnancy as long as you are not overweight or have a womb that is tilted backwards.

If you’re having the scan because of a concern about a possible ectopic pregnancy, this scan can be conducted at 6-7 weeks, though at this time it would need to be performed trans-vaginally.