Week Ten of Your Pregnancy

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Week 10 Info

WEEK 10

Baby- This is the beginning of the fetal period, the time when your baby's tissues and organs are rapidly growing and maturing. We begin measuring your baby with a crown-rump length as soon as we can see her on ultrasound. At this point your baby is a little over an inch long from head to bottom - barely the size of a kumquat- and about half that measurement is the baby's head. The kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver are in place and starting to function, though they will continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

Your baby is kicking up a storm. Her joints are fully formed, as are tiny hands, feet, fingers and toes. At this age, she would be able to grab an object, if it were placed in her hand. Her limbs can bend now and may be long enough to meet in front of her body. This spine is clearly visible through thin, translucent skin.

Body- Before you got pregnant your uterus was the size of a pear. By this week it's as big as a grapefruit. Pregnancy hormones have caused your digestive system to which makes you feel bloated with constipation and gas. You may not be ready for maternity wear as yet but this bloating will make your regular clothes feel tight and uncomfortable. You may want to wear pants and skirts that have stretchy elastic waistbands or that have low-rise waistlines to allow for this change. If you breasts are sore you may want to try a few maternity bras as they often have more support. Your bra size may increase one or two more sizes so you may want the help of a knowledgeable salesperson when making your purchase.

Recommend- You can continue light to moderate exercise including swimming and walking which will promote muscle tone, strength and endurance. This will help you carry the weight gain of pregnancy.

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