10weeks – Baby Care

10weeks

10weeks

You are now ten weeks pregnant (or in your eleventh week if that’s how you prefer to count it).

How your baby is growing

Your baby will more than double in size in the next three weeks. He or she is now swallowing and kicking, and all the major organs are fully developed. More minute details are appearing too, like fingernails and peach-fuzz hair. The external sex organs are beginning to show and in a few weeks they will be developed enough to tell whether you’re going to have a boy or a girl. Read more information on your baby’s development this week

How your life’s changing

You’re nearing the end of the first three months of pregnancy — your first trimester — and your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit, almost big enough to fill your pelvis (see our fetal development illustrations). You may even be able to feel your uterus above the middle of your pubic bone. Though you probably won’t need to go up a dress size for several more weeks yet, you may notice that your waist is thickening.

If you want to cut down on caffeine, you could swap to herbal teas. Make sure that the herbal teas you choose are safe to drink in pregnancy. You may find lemon and honey steeped in hot water appealing as an alternative. Try to drink eight glasses of liquid every day (tea, coffee and pop don’t count) but limit your fluid intake before bedtime so you won’t have to get up to go to the washroom in the night.

If your sleep is disrupted for other reasons then you may be tempted to take a remedy but medication shouldn’t be your first course of action during pregnancy. Try our self-help suggestions for insomnia first, and avoid exercising just before you go to bed. Strange dreams are common during pregnancy and could also contribute to disturbed sleep.

Parent tip: Dealing with evening sickness

“My version of morning sickness developed every evening around dinner time. I couldn’t eat anything, but I was starving (and irritable) anyway. Things improved after I changed my routine, eating my big meal in the morning and something light — usually crackers and cheese — for supper.” — Susan E.

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