10 weeks pregnant: advice, symptoms and baby development

10 week bump

by Deborah Cicurel |

Medically reviewed by Dr Helena Watson on 6th June 2020

You are now ten weeks pregnant and might be starting to notice signs of a baby bump. Here’s what’s happening to you and your baby and what symptoms to expect at ten weeks pregnant.

How big is my baby at ten weeks pregnant?

Your baby is now one and a quarter inches (about the size of a prune) and can officially be referred to as a foetus! 

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What is my baby doing at 10 weeks pregnant?

This week, you’ll notice your baby is starting to look more and more like a human, although they will still have a huge bulge on their forehead as their brain develops.

Bones and cartilage are forming and your baby is starting to get knees and ankles (cute!). Their arms can now flex, but are still so small you wouldn’t feel any little punches just yet!

Although your little one won’t get pearly whites till they're nearly six months old, this week the teeth will start to form under the gums.

Your baby is also starting to function like they will in the outside world – the kidneys are producing urine and if you’ve got a little boy in there, he’ll already be producing testosterone!

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What is my body doing at 10 weeks pregnant?

The surge of pregnancy hormones is really starting to affect your body – the muscles in your bowel have relaxed and this can often cause constipation. Eating lots of fibre, drinking lots of water and keeping up the exercise can help.

Time to take a look in the mirror as you might notice the first signs of that growing baby bump this week! Look out for a slight roundness in the lower abdomen as your uterus starts to grow (at the moment it’s about the size of an orange). That said, this totally varies from person to person, so don’t worry if you’re not seeing signs yet – you will do in a couple of weeks.

The next physical change you might be noticing is your veins looking more prominent than they were before. These will be more obvious if you have fair skin but can appear on the breasts and abdomen. Again, this is normal and nothing to worry about – it’s your body’s way of getting all that extra blood to your growing foetus.

Other physical changes to look out for are spidery red lines (medically referred to as spider naevi) in your upper arm and chest. These are caused by the pregnancy hormone oestrogen, which is working to dilate your blood vessels. They usually disappear post-pregnancy, so try not to worry about them just now. Whilst we’re talking about pregnancy hormones, it’s very common for higher levels of progesterone to cause dry skin or spots, so look out for this too!

It's not all bad as pregnancy can have surprising benefits to the skin! Find out more about pregnancy skin and what you can do to help.

Common symptoms to look out for

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Constipation

This unpleasant side effect is a common one during the first trimester.

Steer clear of foods that will make it worse like bread, rice and pasta and focus on packing your diet full of whole grains and fruit.

What to do this week

Your first scan

All pregnant women will be booked in for a dating scan between 10-14 weeks pregnant, often referred to as the '12-week scan'. If you haven't got a date already, make sure to get in touch with the hospital to confirm yours is booked in. This scan is the first in-depth look at your growing baby and assesses the early development in the womb.

Get more vitamin D

As we mentioned above, your baby is growing their teeth this week! If your diet is low in Vitamin D, now’s the time to talk to your doctor about a pregnancy-safe supplement.

Keep calm

What with keeping your mum-to-be status a secret for the next few weeks, battling morning sickness, tiredness and all the hormonal changes happening right now, it’s a good time to learn to relax.

Exercise is a good way to release those feel-good endorphins, so unless your doctor has told you otherwise, joining a pregnancy yoga class this week could be a good idea.

That said, if those overwhelmed feelings are creeping in when you’re not on the mat, try this simple yoga-style breathing exercise to help keep you stress-free. Repeat the following a few times, then breathe as normal. It will 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.

Shopping time!

You're getting bigger now so find yourself some pregnancy trousers with elastic waistbands, leggings, or dresses or skirts in the summer to keep cool. You may find your growing boobs could do with a maternity bra too.

Baby names

A nice thing to tick off your list this week is to start to come up with some potential baby names! It's never too early. Check out the most popular baby names of 2022 so far.

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