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10 Weeks Pregnant: Development, Symptoms, and Tips

10 Weeks Pregnant: Development, Symptoms, and Tips

It has been a long journey since the first trimester began. However, you have made it to the 10 weeks pregnant mark. 

You have likely seen your baby’s ultrasound and had your first prenatal appointment, yet, everything still feels so scary and exciting.

As your baby continues to grow, you may still experience pregnancy symptoms. It’s essential to consider all aspects of your pregnancy journey.

This guide will run through your baby’s appearance and the changes you will experience now that you are 10 weeks pregnant.

Your Baby at 10 Weeks

Your Baby at 10 Weeks

Your stomach bump will be bigger during this period than your 9 weeks pregnant phase. All the aches, pains, and veins should be second nature to you now.

Your baby would have developed almost all their appendages and major organs. The rest of the body parts will slowly grow over time.

By this stage, your baby’s arm joints, spine, cartilage, and bones will have developed, and their hair and fingernails will become more noticeable.

While in the womb, your baby will start practicing swallowing and kicking, though you won’t feel these movements until several weeks later.

Each development will continue from 11 weeks pregnant until the start of the second trimester by the thirteenth week.

Start of the Fetal Period

After nearly three months of development, your baby has officially graduated from a tiny embryo to a fetus

At this stage, your fetus starts taking on a more human shape as their major organs continue to develop.

Your baby’s facial features develop further as its nose, mouth, and eyes take a more defined shape. The baby now has eyelids that can close, and its outer ears are almost in place.

The baby’s stomach should now be able to produce its digestive juices. Their kidneys are now also producing a lot of urine.

With more of your baby’s organs developing, consider writing a pregnancy journal to memorialize the journey.

Baby’s First Teeth

Your baby’s first set of teeth is also developing, hidden beneath the gums. However, this set of teeth won’t appear until your baby is six months old.

Their bones and cartilage are now more defined and formed. At the same time, the indentions on their legs develop into proper knees and ankles. 

Their arms now have elbows that can flex and are getting stronger. Their fingers and toes are not webbed anymore but are getting longer.

How Big Is My 10-Week Old Baby?

A fetus during a 10-week pregnancy would be as large as a strawberry or 1.2 inches long. They would weigh around 1.4 ounces and will continue growing.  

You may not look exactly pregnant to others, but there will be an extra curve around your tummy. Doctors recommend gaining 1-5 pounds for women of typical body mass index (BMI).

This additional weight is more crucial if you are carrying twins. Doctors recommend that you gain a pound per week during the first half of the pregnancy.

 You can, however, easily gain that weight during the second trimester.

NOTE: Doctors measure pregnancies by week; the average pregnancy is 40 weeks or nine months.

Symptoms to Look Out for at 10 Weeks

Symptoms to Look Out for at 10 Weeks

At 10 weeks pregnant, it’s not just your baby that’s growing larger. Your ligaments, muscles, and breasts will also expand to accommodate your growing baby.

Feeling tired and hormonal from two and a half months of pregnancy is normal. You will feel both extremely excited and frustrated with the changes in your body.

Week 10 pregnancy symptoms include;

1. Visible Veins

Seeing your blue veins is important for the average pregnant woman to see. The visible veins indicate the extra blood is circulating into your developing baby.

As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice the appearance of spider veins all over your body, which is a result of the increased blood volume. These veins are especially visible on the skin of your breasts and abdomen, forming a criss-cross pattern.

Additionally, the veins on your hands and feet may appear larger. However, rest assured that these typically disappear after giving birth and once you stop breastfeeding.

It’s important to note that these veins are noticeable across all skin tones. If you have concerns about their appearance, consider using pregnancy-safe skincare products to cover up more noticeable spots.

2. Round Ligament Pain

Naturally, your abdomen will feel aches and pains as it expands with your growing baby. These growing pains are known as “round ligament pain.”

Round ligament pain is especially noticeable when you are pregnant with twins. You must call your doctor or gynecologist if the pain gets too much.

I recommend getting some maternity pants, comfortably stretchy yet supportive enough for your aching midsection.

3. Increased Vaginal Discharge

Your vagina will produce more leukorrhea, or discharge, due to increased blood flow and estrogen production. The discharge is simply bodily waste disposal.

However, should the discharge be colored in any way, tinged with blood, or have a very bad odor, please call a doctor immediately; these could be the signs of something else.

4. Fatigue

Naturally, you will have pregnancy fatigue from how much energy your body uses for the baby’s development. The hormones will also cut into your sleep patterns.

Consider using pregnancy pillows to support your spine and ease any remaining tension. They come in different shapes for your back, belly, and knees.

The roller coaster of hormones will also have many mood swing episodes. The source of the mood swings starts to blur between how tired you are and how much pain you feel.

5. Morning Sickness

Nausea is common during the 10th week of pregnancy. The symptoms begin during the early morning and persist until the start of the second trimester, the 13th week.

The best way to ease it would be eating foods rich in folate and getting extra sleep.

6. Sore Breasts

Your breasts will get especially heavy by week 10, since your body has been changing in preparation for the second trimester.

This change is meant to prepare your body to begin breastfeeding when your baby is born.

Tips for Week 10

Tips for Week 10

Despite the many pregnancy symptoms to endure, there are just as many techniques to counter them.

1. Avoid Triggering Smells

Your sense of smell is especially heightened during the first trimester, among the other bodily changes. 

Your heightened sense of smell during pregnancy can make you more sensitive to strong odors, potentially leading to nausea. To avoid discomfort, it’s best to stay away from anything with a strong smell or anything that grosses you out.

To avoid a terrible day, it’s best to steer clear of certain foods that trigger discomfort or nausea during pregnancy. Additionally, be mindful of certain areas or environments that may worsen your symptoms.

2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

A hearty breakfast is the best way to counter nausea in the morning. The food will numb the pain, even with something as simple as granola bars or saltine crackers.

Eat food rich in vitamins from folate, iron, magnesium, etc. 

Foods that you should eat in the first trimester include yogurt, lean meat, and green leafy vegetables.

After all, the body uses energy and nutrients to care for your growing baby. Therefore, a healthy mommy leads to a healthy baby.

However, there are also various foods to avoid during pregnancy

These include:

  • Raw fish
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Dairy milk
  • Overly caffeinated drinks

3. Snack Well

Everything from the above tip applies, but always keep food on you at all times. Nausea may be known as “morning sickness,” but it can happen anytime.

Keep small snacks high in potassium, such as mangoes or bananas, to fight off sudden nausea. In comparison, eggs and nuts provide proteins and nutrients to keep your energy going.

4. Manage Sleep Issues

Sleep is essential in managing energy levels anywhere and will be used to combat any form of nausea and fatigue. 

To avoid dopamine rushes before bedtime, give yourself at least two hours after a meal to digest properly, or consider cutting off electronic devices to promote better sleep.

Finding the right sleeping positions is also crucial in minimizing stress and discomfort while sleeping.

For added comfort, consider using larger pregnancy body pillows designed to support your entire body throughout the night and lull you to sleep.

5. Learn to Deal With Headaches

The headaches are often caused by a 50% increase in blood volume, leading to various aches and pains during pregnancy.

To alleviate such migraines, try drinking more water and getting plenty of rest, as it can be the best approach.

For more severe cases, your healthcare professional may recommend medication like acetaminophen or aspirin, so it’s essential to consult them for a prescription.

Applying a warm or hot compress on your neck and back can help release tension and provide relief. Consider practicing yoga and meditation, as they can also achieve similar results with enough practice and technique.

Tests Your Doctor May Offer You When 10 Weeks Pregnant

Tests Your Doctor May Offer You When 10 Weeks Pregnant

First trimester genetic testing is optional but can help you by providing insight into your family history and risk factors.

Genetic counselors may present several types of tests.

Nuchal Translucency Screening

The Nuchal Translucency screening or NT Scan is done around weeks 10-14. The NT Scan tests your fetus for risk of Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.

The test will involve a painless ultrasound to measure your baby’s nuchal fold, which is the back of the neck, for any abnormalities. Additionally, a blood test will be conducted as part of the NT scan.

The NT Scan is typically part of the “First Trimester Screen.” for risk assessment based on the ultrasound and blood test.

Cell-Free DNA Testing

The cell-free fetal DNA test or the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) is a blood test done during week 10 or later. 

Your blood will be tested for any risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

Chorionic Villus Sampling

The Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) is performed around weeks 10-13 with an ultrasound to determine a placenta’s location.

Using the ultrasound as a guide, the doctor would insert a needle through your belly or vagina. The doctor does a speculum exam to collect cells from the placenta for genetic testing.

On the other hand, amniocentesis is a test where you extract the amniotic fluid around your baby in the womb. This test is conducted during weeks 15 and 20.

CVS and amniocentesis are tests used on mothers with a higher risk of having a child with chromosomal abnormalities.  The tests are based on family history, risk factors, or NIPT results.

Conclusion

Congratulations on making it this far into your pregnancy! The end of the first trimester is almost within sight!

Your baby has developed enough to no longer be considered an embryo. It is now a fetus with a small but still human-looking shape as its body develops further.

Despite experiencing annoying symptoms like constant fatigue, nausea, and changing hormones, you have a variety of tips and tricks to counter them.

With 30+ weeks to go, prioritizing your comfort, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting sufficient rest will ensure you are fine throughout your pregnancy journey.

Nayna Llenos
Nayna Llenos

Hi, I’m Nayna!
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, and I’m lucky and blessed to have two wonderful children to care for and love.
Despite this blessing, there are times wherein I do wonder if I truly am the mother my children need. Am I giving them the right food, care, and discipline to them?
But that is the beauty of parenting — you grow along with your children as they flourish to be their wonderful selves!
I wish to share my experiences with motherhood and how these tips can help you in your parenting journey.
I hope my advices and experiences will prove useful to you and that you have a smooth and wonderful journey as a mother!