10th Week Pregnancy - Symptoms, Baby Development, Tips And Body Changes

10th Week Pregnancy

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You are now sailing in your 10th week of pregnancy-congratulations!

In 10th week pregnancy, there is no doubt whether your baby should be referred to as embryo or a fetus, seeing that she has completed most of the development of her vital organs and tissues. From week ten onwards there is no major new growth taking place but your baby will continue to mature to be ready for world outside the uterus.

She is almost out of the risk range of developing any kind of congenital abnormalities or deformities from now onwards. You can sigh in relief since the most critical weeks in the development of your baby is left behind and all the major organs of her body like the liver, brain, kidneys, heart, lungs are functioning now.

Follow the rules of living on a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, alcohol, OTC drugs, radiations and stress, and soon you will be holding a healthy baby in your arms.

Changes In Your Body:

The bump is still acting elusive and you are just wasting your time in fr

ont of the mirror looking for it. Your maternity shopping needs to be put on hold for time being. Soon your regular clothes and bra will be uncomfortable on you, and you will have a valid reason to go on shopping spree. Yay!

You may have gained a kg or two in weight by week 10, but somehow the bloating and other symptoms make you feel much heavier.

To feel better, you can start on low impact exercises to lift your mood during your pregnancy; but, only after consulting and taking guidance from your doctor. Walking and swimming are considered to be two of the best exercises for you during this period. If you remain physically active throughout your pregnancy you will have toned muscles with increased strength and endurance. This would help you carry the extra weight you will gain as your 10th week pregnancy progresses, especially in the third trimester.

Hearing Your Baby’s Heartbeat:

If you have gone for the Doppler test; hearing your baby’s heartbeats must have come as a soothing music to ease your emotional stress. It is believed that hearing the baby’s heartbeat can actually cut off the negative emotions and stress, because there are heightened levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body following the scan.

If you haven’t been for the Doppler stethoscope test, which a simple handheld ultrasound device through which you will able to hear your baby’s heartbeat, then it is about time you do it this week. This is one of the very exciting and touching moments you will remember about your pregnancy; moreover it has no side-effects on the baby.

10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms And Signs:

Some of the early pregnancy symptoms may be toning down in their severity from this week, but some new ones may develop as well.

a. Indigestion And Constipation:

  • The major problem at this stage would indigestion, bloating and constipation. Your muscles are more relaxed during pregnancy; hence the intestines will not be doing their job as perfectly now as they were doing before you got pregnant. Their sluggishness will lead to constipation in you, making you feel bloated and clogged up. Take a lot of fibrous food and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.

b. Pregnancy Glow:

  • If you are the lucky one then you will be having your new amazing look of pregnancy glow during this period. The increased levels of hormones HCG and progesterone increase the secretion of oil on your face, giving you healthier, shinier and smooth skin with a glow. The increased blood volume will add to shine by making your skin appear plump, supple and flushed. With the glowing skin and more prominent cleavage to go with it, you may acquire and enjoy your new hot and sexy look for now.

c. Pregnancy Acne:

  • On the other hand, the increased oil in the skin may trigger outbreaks of acne or pimples on your skin. If you already had acne, it may go on to worsen the condition. Apart from your oily skin, the hormone called androgen is also partially to be blamed for this onslaught from acnes and pimples on face.
  • Androgens are known to stimulate the sebaceous gland in your skin, so that there will be increased production of an oily substance called sebum. The increased secretion of sebum combines with the dead skin cells blocking the open pores on your skin, making it a fertile ground for bacteria to breed and multiply. The result is inflamed skin prone to acne breakouts.

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