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10 Weeks Pregnant – What You Need to Know

10 weeks pregnant

At a glance:

  • Tiny fingers and toes 
  • Complexion changes
  • And relax…

What’s happening to your baby

Your one-and-a-quarter-inch bub is having the time of his life, swimming around in the amniotic sac – his muscles have grown so he can move around a lot more. He’s also getting tiny fingernails and toenails and there’ll be soft, downy hair starting to grow on his skin. He can bend his limbs, and is developing sucking skills too.

What’s happening to you

Your womb is still getting bigger – at this stage it’s orange-sized.

You might notice your skin is becoming drier or spottier (because of higher levels of the hormone, progesterone). Veins under your skin could also become more prominent due to the increased blood supply rushing around your body.

And you might notice spider naevi (spidery red lines) in your upper arms and chest due to the oestrogen dilating your blood vessels. They usually disappear post pregnancy.

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What you may consider doing 

What with keeping your mum-to-be status secret until at least the 12-week stage, battling nausea, tiredness and hormonal changes to name a few, it’s a good time to learn to chill. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins which relax you. Unless your doctor has specifically told you not to exercise, joining a pregnancy yoga class is a great first step. 

And, day to day if you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a minute out to do some simple yoga-style breathing exercises (even if it’s in the loo at work).  Repeat the below a few times, then breathe as normal. It’ll help regulate the oxygen flow in your blood:

Inhale to the count of two; exhale to the count of two Inhale to the count of two; exhale to the count of three Inhale to the count of two; exhale to the count of four Inhale to the count of two; exhale to the count of five.

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Image courtesy of Your Pregnancy Day-By-Day by Professor Stuart Campbell, published by Carroll & Brown, £9.99

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