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7 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and what to expect

Your baby at 7 weeks

At 7 weeks pregnant your belly might not be showing but you’ll start to get some different symptoms and the beginning of that pregnancy glow (get ready for the compliments). 

How big is my baby at seven weeks pregnant?

Your baby now measures about 1cm (or half an inch), which is about the size of a blueberry and will start making his or her first movements this week.

8 common symptoms to look out for:

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1) Frequent urination

You’re still needing to pee every five minutes thanks to that pregnancy hormone hCG increasing the blood flow to your pelvic area.

Remember to keep drinking despite those constant toilet trips – your body and your baby needs it!
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2) Fatigue

Growing a baby is an exhausting task, especially as your body is still making the placenta, so listen to your body and rest up.

One way to keep your energy up is to keep snacking throughout the day – mini-meals will keep your blood sugar up.
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3) Breast tenderness and changes

Despite looking bigger than they’ve ever done, your boobs might not look their best! Noticing loads of blue veins?

These will transport all the nutrients and fluids to your baby when you begin breastfeeding.

For now, invest in a good stretch mark cream and maternity bra to minimise sagging.
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4) Excessive saliva

Feel like you’re dribbling? Just when you thought the morning sickness was bad enough, pair it with excessive saliva and you’re in for a treat.

Another one that will disappear at the end of your first trimester, but for now, try chewing sugarless gum.
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5) Food cravings

If you find you’ve narrowed down your menu of meals thanks to those pregnancy food aversions, try not to worry.

Eating the same healthy meal every day will still give your growing babe all the nutrients it needs.

What’s more, if you find your cravings are driving you mad, give in to them once in a while.
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6) Heartburn

Another totally normal, but totally unpleasant side effect. Avoid spicy or fatty foods, caffeinated drinks as these will make it worse, also try drinking either before or after you eat.
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7) Gaining a few pounds

You might not look like you’re carrying a baby, but you might have gained a few pounds already. This is totally normal – most women will gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy.
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8) Cramping

This is normal during the first trimester, but if it occurs with shoulder or neck pain, or you have any unusual discharge, contact your GP.

What’s my baby doing?

Let’s take a look at your little blueberry-sized-babe at week seven.

They have a more defined face, with a mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes, and brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute.

The mouth, tongue, tooth buds will also develop this week.

This week your baby’s arms and legs will start developing, dividing into the hand, arm and shoulder segments and leg, knee and foot segments.

Yet right now, they’ll still look like paddles more than hands and feet, as fingers and toes will be webbed.

Your baby now has kidneys that are ready to start work, as pretty soon your baby will start producing urine.

Your baby is also starting to make little jerky movements this week. You won’t be able to feel a thing, but an ultrasound would pick it up.

What's happening in my body?

Your pregnancy bump won’t be showing yet, because your womb still hasn’t risen (it won’t do until the end of the first trimester), but that doesn’t mean you’re not feeling the full effects of being pregnant.

From nausea to the swollen breasts, your body is getting ready to grow your little one!

Swollen breasts

Some women have gone up a full cup size by seven weeks pregnant, which would be great if they weren’t so uncomfortably tender and achy.

Of course, you can thank those pesky pregnancy hormones for that. It is also building up in your breasts and more blood flowing towards them.

You might also notice the areola (the dark area around the nipple) has got darker and larger and has little goose-bump-like spots.

These are sweat glands that supply lubrication – all-important changes for when you start breastfeeding.

An extra glowy complexion

You might notice your skin is looking better than ever, and your hair is more lustrous than that time you spent a fortune on Moroccan oil.

These are both down to the extra oestrogen you’re producing right now.  

What should I be doing?

One thing you must look out for is bleeding, whether this is in the form of light dotting or spotting or lots of blood. 

Bleeding in the first trimester is very common (it affects around one in three women) and doesn’t always indicate a miscarriage.

If you do notice bleeding, you must see your doctor right away. Your GP or midwife will be able to examine you both vaginally and probably via an ultrasound.

In most cases, the bleeding goes away and the doctor is unable to explain it unless it’s caused by infection.

What to do now...

Let them take care of you...

You’re going to be feeling fatigued, bloated and sick so this is the time to be selfish. 

Let your friends, family, and your partner aware that you need some support about now.

Treat any skin problems: 

Now you're pregnant, you might begin to see your skin is more oily or dry than usual. Acne and blotchiness is completely normal. 

Here are the best skincare products to use during pregnancy.

It's time to know your exercise don'ts:

  1. Don't exercise on your back.
  2. Don't hold your breath while you exercise.
  3. Don't use twisting motions.
  4. Don't challenge your sense of balance or risk any sort of trauma to your abdomen.

Here is everything you need to know about exercise during pregnancy, from the benefits to the best exercises to do. 

Get your mouth checked!

Many people don't realise that the health of your mouth is important to keep checking while you’re pregnant.

Go to the dentist so your oral hygiene and routine can be looked at. 

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