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10 Weeks Pregnant

Before you got pregnant, your uterus was the size of a small pear. By 10 weeks pregnant, it’s as big as a grapefruit. You may or may not be ready for maternity wear now. Even if you’re not there yet, your regular clothes are probably feeling uncomfortably tight and your blossoming breasts are straining the seams of your bra. The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating. If you’re between regular and maternity clothes, pants and skirts with forgiving elastic waistbands (or low-rise waistlines that sit below your belly) will provide some much-needed comfort.

Depending on your level of fitness, you can most likely participate in a wide range of activities during pregnancy. Swimming and walking are excellent choices for the whole nine months. Exercise promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance — three qualities that can help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labor, and make it easier to get back into shape after your baby is born.

Your baby is getting big. In fact, by pregnancy week 10, your baby is big enough to start being weighed! Your baby now measures between 31 and 42 mm or a little more than an inch long! Your baby is about the size of a lime, maybe slightly larger. You may be also able to hear your baby’s rapid heartbeat with the help of a Doppler stethoscope, a handheld ultrasound device that your practitioner places on your belly. Many women say that the beating of their baby’s tiny heart sounded like the thunder of galloping horses and hearing it for the first time was very moving.

By the end of pregnancy week 10, your baby’s organ systems are growing quickly. Internal organs are starting to form, and vital organs including the liver, kidney, intestines, and brain will start functioning. In the next three weeks, your baby’s length will grow exponentially. Tiny details will start appearing on your baby’s body, including items such as toenails. If you were to look really closely you might even notice some peach fuzz growing on your baby’s skin! By now, your baby will be consumed with swallowing and kicking. That’s right, your baby will swallow amniotic fluid during your pregnancy. Consider it a practice run for breathing once he or she is born! Spinal nerves are also visible at this point in pregnancy, and your baby’s liver is busy making blood cells.

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