Learn what’s happening in week 10 of pregnancy and find out how your baby is developing.
At 10 weeks pregnant, you’re near the end of your first trimester and probably already accustomed to the idea of being pregnant.
Your baby is now the size of a prune and its bones and cartilage are forming. In the tenth week of pregnancy, you may be getting some crazy mood changes.
Mood swings are one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy that happens as a result of the increasing hormones in your body.
Make sure to increase your fiber intake this week if you want to avoid constipation.
What Happens in Your Body in Pregnancy Week 10?
Many women begin feeling relief from morning sickness this week. However, if you’re not one of those fortunate women, keep in mind that nausea will disappear by the end of the first trimester.
Other pregnancy symptoms at 10 weeks such as:
- food cravings;
- and aversions will probably continue.
At week 10 you may notice increased vaginal discharge which is a result of the increased estrogen levels of pregnancy. This pregnancy discharge is normal and is usually milky white and thin with a mild odor.
However, if your discharge is green or yellow in color and has a foul odor, call your doctor immediately because this indicates an infection.
The round ligaments surrounding your uterus are stretching, so it’s common to have abdominal pain that may be sharp or dull. Contact your doctor if your pain is severe or accompanied by vaginal bleeding, burning urination, chills, and fever.
Constipation is also one of the most unpleasant symptoms of pregnancy at 10 weeks. This happens due to the increase of progesterone hormone levels which relaxes the bowel and intestines. Drink plenty of water and avoid processed foods. A high fiber diet will help your digestive system.
Changes in Your Body at 10 Week Pregnant
You can still hide your pregnancy from others, but not for much longer because your belly is growing rounder as your uterus expands. Your shape is definitely changing and you may gain a pound or two this week. Breasts are larger and veins in your breasts are getting darker.
Your Baby at 10 Week of Pregnancy
This week your baby has finally become a fetus. Your little one is now swallowing, kicking, moving, and all his/her major organs are fully developed.
Your baby is now an inch and a half long and the size of a prune and is finally taking human shape.
Bones and cartilage are also forming and the arms are taking shape and getting stronger. The eyelids begin to close and tooth buds appear.
Baby’s kidneys are now producing large quantities of urine and the skin is starting to become less translucent. Genitals begin to form and if you’re expecting a baby boy, he’s already producing testosterone.
Pregnancy Week 10 Tips
You’ve probably already had your first prenatal appointment, so make sure to follow your doctor’s advice. This week is the right time to invest in some good maternity clothes including:
- loose shirts;
- elastic waistband pants;
- and bras in a larger size.
If you’re still suffering from morning sickness, try to eat a healthy diet that is nutritious for you and your developing baby.
If you have outdoor cats, stop cleaning their litter box to reduce the risk of contracting toxoplasmosis, which is a serious parasitic infection transmitted by cats.
Wash your hands frequently to avoid getting a cold.