Week Seven of Your Pregnancy

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Week 7 Info

WEEK 7

Baby - Your baby's hand and feet are beginning to emerge from the developing arms and legs although they will still look like stubby paddles.  He has doubled in size since last week and now measures " long, about the size of a blueberry.

The eyes are beginning to get some color and are partially covered by eyelid folds.  Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are developing and he has an appendix and a pancreas  You can see tiny veins beneath the thin skin and the liver is producing red blood cells for those veins until the bone marrow develops and can take over.

Body - Uterus is growing larger and has doubled in size in the past five weeks but you cannot feel it.  At this point you have about 10% more blood than you did before you were pregnant.  This extra fluid is being processed through your kidneys and you find that you need to pee more than usual.  Also, pressure from your growing uterus will cause you to need to empty your bladder more.

If you have morning sickness you may find just the thought of food sends you running for the bathroom.  Don't force yourself to eat, although many women feel small frequent snacks help keep the nausea at bay.  Concentrate mainly on small sips of liquids throughout the day so that you don't get dehydrated.  About half of the women with morning sickness find that it begins to ease by about 14-16 weeks.

Recommend -Sometime in the next few weeks is the perfect time to see your healthcare provider for your first prenatal visit.  You may want to start writing down questions that you have as pregnancy often makes you forget things easily.

Get plenty of rest, plenty of fluids and make your prenatal appointment.

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