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.
What’s my baby doing at seven weeks pregnant?
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.
8 common symptoms to look out for at seven weeks pregnant:
What is my body doing at seven weeks pregnant?
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 when I’m seven weeks pregnant?
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.
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