Congratulations! Your baby has graduated from being an embryo to a fetus. That’s a major development milestone. As your baby continues to grow, you are starting to show a little bit of that cute baby bump at week 10. Get ready for some shopping this week. Eat healthily, stay active, and hydrated.

Week 10 – Pregnancy Development, Symptoms, and More

Congratulations! Your baby has graduated from being an embryo to a fetus. That’s a major development milestone. As your baby continues to grow, you are starting to show a little bit of that cute baby bump at week 10. Get ready for some shopping this week. Eat healthily, stay active, and hydrated.

How many months are 10 weeks?

At week 10, you are in your 3rd month of pregnancy. In just a few weeks you will be starting your second trimester. Only 6 months or 30 weeks to go.

Baby Development

Your baby has achieved a developmental milestone that ends the journey as an embryo and starts a new phase as a Fetus. Your baby is done forming all the essential organs and parts during the embryonic phase. As a fetus, all these organs and parts will develop and grow. Your miniature baby will begin to take a more human shape from now onwards.

How big is the baby at week 10?

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At 10 weeks, your baby is about the size of a strawberry. The baby has grown half an inch in size since last week. Your baby measures around 1.5 inches long and weighs 0.14 ounces approximately.

The baby has also reached a major milestone and is now called a fetus. Your little human being is beginning to look more like a human than a tadpole. Most of the basic organs and systems are now in place. All the baby has to do now is grow and get stronger.

Facial feature

The eyelids and retina are developing and your baby will be able to close the eyelids by now. The other facial features are becoming sharper and distinct. A major surprise will be your baby’s teeth. The first tooth will begin to develop under the gums from this week.

Elbows and knees

The elbows formed last week can flex now. The tiny indentations on the legs of your baby are developing into knees and ankles. The fingers and toes begin to separate from to webbed form to the human hand-like individual digits. The baby is getting more experienced in moving those tiny hands and legs around.

Essential organ functioning

The kidneys are producing a large amount of urine. The digestive system is developing and the stomach is producing the digestive juices which means that your baby has started practicing swallowing. The heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain, face, hands, and arms continue to develop and grow.

Baby boys

Although you can’t find out about the gender of the baby if it’s a boy, the little master has already started producing testosterone.

Your belly at 10 weeks

The baby bump is here. Although tiny you will be able to notice some sort of roundness in your lower abdomen area. If you wear a tight dress, your baby bump will be somewhat visible. It might look like you are bloated.  Your uterus is growing and is about the size of a grapefruit this week.

Get ready for shopping and get some maternity clothes. But don’t go overboard with the shopping as you will continue to grow in size – in every direction!

Pregnancy Symptoms

Some lucky ones will get relief from morning sickness from week 10. If you are not from the fortunate ones don’t worry, morning sickness will end by the end of the first trimester (3rd month or week 12).

If you can’t keep up with the vomiting and nausea, then consult your doctor. Some medications will ease nausea and vomiting for you. Severe vomiting and nausea can cause weight loss and dehydration which can be very harmful to you and your baby. Therefore, listen to your body and let your doctor know about how you are feeling with all nausea and vomiting still sticking around.

You may also experience some new symptoms this week:

Leukorrhea (Vaginal discharge)

Increased estrogen hormonal levels and an increased blood flow to your pelvic area cause vaginal discharge called leukorrhea. This discharge is usually thin, with a mild odor and milky in color. Wear a panty liner and avoid using a douche or tampons.  Look out for signs like:

  • Painful urination with vaginal discharge
  • Foul smell
  • Hints of blood in the discharge
  • Itchy rash around the vagina
  • Green, yellow, or brown in color

If you experience any of these signs with the vaginal discharge, let your doctor know as it may be because of an infection.

Visible veins

Blue veins start to appear on your breasts and abdomen. These veins are supplying more blood flow to your breast and the uterus. You will be able to see clearly that the veins in the breast are directed towards the areola and the veins in the abdomen area are directed towards the belly button. These veins around the abdomen will disappear after the baby is delivered. The network of veins around your breasts will continue to circulate blood till you breastfeed your baby.

Abdominal or ligament pains

As the uterus continues to grow it stretches the ligaments around it which results in abdominal pains or round ligament pains. Some women do not experience any pain at all while others may experience dull pain. Moving slowly will help you ease that pain. Avoid activities like lifting which puts pressure on your abdomen or pelvic area. Let your doctor know if you experience fever, chills, painful urination, and vaginal bleeding along with ligament pain.

You are so close to completing the 1st trimester. It is very important to keep a healthy and active lifestyle even during your pregnancy. Exercise will lift your mood, decrease fatigue, increase blood flow, maintain flexibility and so much more…

When to call your doctor

Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • severe vaginal bleeding
  • severe pelvic cramps
  • fever
  • light-headedness
  • low blood pressure
  • severe body pains
  • Sudden facial and body swelling may be a sign of preeclampsia.

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