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7 Weeks Pregnant

During you are 7 weeks pregnant, your uterus has doubled in size in the past five weeks, and eating may feel like a chore — or worse — thanks to morning sickness, which by now may be in full swing. (If you’re feeling fine, don’t worry — you’re lucky!)

You may need to pee more than usual, too, thanks to your increasing blood volume and the extra fluid being processed through your kidneys. (By now, you already have about 10 percent more blood than you did before you were pregnant. And by the end of your pregnancy, you’ll have 40 to 45 percent more blood running through your veins to meet the demands of your full-term baby.) As your uterus grows, pressure on your bladder will send you to the bathroom as well.

About half of the women who feel nauseated during the first trimester will find complete relief by about 14 weeks. For most of the rest, it’ll take another month or so for the queasiness to ease up. It’s unlikely, though, that the need to pee more than usual will ease up. In fact, research shows that both the frequency and volume of urine tends to increase over the course of pregnancy.

During 7 weeks pregnancy, your baby will grow tremendously, up to 13 mm in length! Your baby is much closer to the size of a large blueberry or small grape than a pea.

At 7 weeks pregnant, facial features become more prominent in your baby. Upon close investigation, you may be able to discern a mouth and even a tongue (you actually can’t see the tongue, but it is forming inside your baby!). While you are 7 weeks pregnant, your baby’s eyes will also start to become more fully formed, and the eyes now have a retina and lens attached. The major muscle systems in your baby’s body also continue to develop during pregnancy week 7, and your baby begins to produce his own blood. Your baby’s movements will be uncoordinated at best at this point during pregnancy, but rest assured your little one is squirming about his new home.

If you were to look directly at your baby, you would still be able to see slight webbing in the fingers and toes. Teeth are also starting to form on the inside of your baby’s mouth, and thin veins start to peer out from beneath your baby’s skin. Your baby’s intestines and appendix should be formed by now. By 7 weeks pregnant, your baby’s liver is working diligently to start producing red blood cells. Your baby should be bouncing right along in his comfy and warm home!

You still aren’t showing much if at all by 7 weeks pregnant, though you might start noticing a small pooch in your lower abdomen. You may find that your favorite pair of jeans is much less comfortable during pregnancy at 7 weeks than your worn pair of baggy sweatpants. You might start thinking about maternity clothes. Still, by and large, most people will not be able to detect your pregnancy yet, as you won’t start really showing until many weeks in the future.

Though it may seem like an eternity waiting for changes to come, know that they will come with time! Before you know it, your belly will be as big as a watermelon, so enjoy the last few weeks that you can still see your toes! They won’t last very long.

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