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Week 7 of Pregnancy

These early months are very crucial as this is the time when your baby is growing very rapidly, and all the major organs are developing. Therefore, you need to be careful about what you eat and what to avoid so as to protect your baby. You must consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medications, especially, cough and cold ones.

Early pregnancy can be a time of joy, but also anxiety. You may be on an emotional rollercoaster with mood swings. You may be easily irritable and start to feel moody and stressed. However much you may want a baby, it’s natural to be anxious about how things will turn out. You may be worried about how your baby is growing or how you’ll cope financially. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself. If you feel the need to talk it all out, find friends or relatives you can confide. You can join our due date club and you will find that you are not alone.



Your body

This week the symptoms will be somewhat same as the previous week. These symptoms will be very similar during the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy, also known as the first trimester. Refer to our section on symptoms of first trimester to read more.   You could be feeling tired and sick.  Take naps during the day if you can. If you have not been feeling well, you may have lost some weight. This is quite common and not something to worry about. Once your morning sickness is gone, you will see that your appetite has returned. Pregnancy will continue to cause many changes in your body. Your body would have developed a mucous plug in your cervical canal that effectively seals off the uterus for protection of your growing baby. Chances are good that you will see this plug later when the cervix dilates in labour.



Your baby
















Your baby is about the size of a blueberry and growing surrounded by amniotic fluid. He has a tiny tail which will soon disappear. He makes his first movements this week; although you won’t feel your baby move until sometime during the second trimester. Up until this point, your baby will have been attached to a yolk sac which has provided him with the nutrients. From this point on the sac will get absorbed and the role of supplying the baby with nutrients will fall on the placenta. The umbilical cord has now formed and will be your baby’s connection to you providing oxygen and nutrients and disposing off your baby’s wastes. Your baby’s face is starting to take shape. The little arm buds have distinguishable hands. His digestive tract and lungs continue to develop.  His nasal pits are forming. Most importantly, in this particular week, the baby begins to develop his own blood type. The red blood cells are produced as the liver of the baby starts to function properly this week. Teeth will be beginning to form in the baby’s gums and taste buds on the tongue. The beginning of your baby’s sexual and reproductive organs will also be starting now.


Remember

Start doing kegel exercises to help prevent bladder incontinence later on. Start a regular exercise routine. Talk to your doctor about what exercises are safe during pregnancy. Try to eat a healthy diet that contains whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Don’t be afraid to call your doctor if something doesn’t feel right.



FAQs

1) Why is my mouth watering so much?

Excessive salivation is a rare but harmless symptom. It usually affects women who are experiencing severe morning sickness. There is not much you can do about it except wait for it to pass off. Make sure you drink plenty of water.

 

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