10 weeks! Can you believe it? Just the other day, the 10th week seemed so far away. You were dealing with nasty symptoms, worried sick about the safety of your pregnancy, and had fears about how the rest of your pregnancy will pun out. Every passing week was a moment for celebration, a milestone of sorts, and one more week closer to the due date. You started buying into the narrative that it isn’t that bad – that if others had gone through it successfully, you could also do it.
The 10th week is here and you can’t help but be happy for how far you’ve come. You’ve began forming a bond between you and your baby. You can visualize it 9 months from now, all cute, lovely, and with tender adorable eyes. Oh, how you long for that day! You literally get goosebumps thinking about it. Before then, you need to stop the fantasies and live in the now. After all, getting to that 40th week is dependent on how well you take care of yourself at 10 weeks pregnant and the subsequent weeks.
Your Baby at 10 Weeks Pregnant
You are curious, right? How does your baby look like at 10 weeks? What is its size? What is happening to it? Don’t fret. Your baby is indeed developing rapidly. Right about now, the baby is the size of a prune, measures approximately 1.2 inches long, and weighs somewhere along 0.14 ounces.
That is progress, right? At this point, if you were to see your baby’s face (nothing wrong with imagining), you would catch a glimpse of their upper lip, their two microscopic nostrils, and half closed eyelids which in only a few days, will shut completely.
Other important developments to your baby at week 10
- Heart is fully developed
- Jawbone developing
- Baby can now move the limbs
- Baby’s head is upright and more rounded
- The kidneys at week 10 are producing urine in large quantities compared to week 9
10 Weeks Pregnant Is How Many Months?
At 10 weeks pregnant, you are in your third month of pregnancy. At this point, you’ve been pregnant for a period of 2 months and 1 week. Completion of this week successfully will mean that you have 28 more weeks before you can welcome your bundle of joy into the world.
10 Weeks Pregnant Belly
Have you been trying to hide your baby bump? I have bad news for you. Right about now, your baby bump will begin to show. Your best kept secret will now be revealed. If you’ve not let out the cat out of the bag regarding your pregnancy, this is the time to let close family members and colleagues in on your small secret.
The rapid growth of your baby means your belly has started to increase in size. You might conceal this by wearing loose fitting tops and free dresses but this won’t last for long. You might also realize that you are gaining a few pounds which is quite normal in the first trimester of pregnancy.
10 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound
Mulling over whether to go for that ultrasound or not? This is the perfect time if you didn’t go for one in your 9th week of pregnancy. Your baby’s important organs are in place and some like the heart and kidney are fully functional.
An ultrasound will bring to the fore critical information such as whether you are carrying a set of twins or not and any defects or abnormalities with your baby. For instance, is the heart beat of the baby normal? Do you have a medical history that might be detrimental to the well-being of your pregnancy or baby if not addressed soon enough?
This is also the best time for genetic testing if you so wish to have one. You can also choose to go for cell free fetal DNA test. This test is instrumental in determining whether you have any signs or risk for chromosomal abnormalities, Down syndrome, Patau syndrome, and Edward syndrome.
10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
You most likely are experiencing a number of early pregnancy symptoms in your 10th week of pregnancy. Granted, early pregnancy symptoms are not universal. What this means is that different women experience different symptoms. It actually varies from one woman to the other. That said, here are the most common pregnancy symptoms at week 10.
Heartburn and Indigestion
Now that you are pregnant, your digestive system is not as efficient as it used to be before you got pregnant. You may have noticed that you are bloated most of the time and grappling with indigestion and heartburn. This is primarily so because of the slowing down of your digestive system.
Your body will definitely surprise you every once in a while. Some of the surprises might be embarrassing to say the least but hey, it’s normal! You may have noticed a slight increase in vaginal discharge. This is quite normal and shouldn’t give you sleepless nights. The discharge is milky fluid and has a mild smell.
What happens is that when you are pregnant, your body creates discharges whose primarily role is to prevent infections from travelling up to the womb and harming your baby. That said, if the discharge is not milky fluid and appears brownish, yellowish, or greenish, contact your health provider immediately. It could be an indication of a serious health problem which could potentially harm your baby.
Still grappling with this annoying early pregnancy symptom? You are not alone. The good news is, you are just in your final weeks of the first trimester and you will soon get better with the onset of the second trimester. Hang in there. It has to get worse before it gets better.
Oh boy, this one really irritates people around you especially your partner. One moment you are having a good time, laughing, watching a nice movie and reminiscing on the good moments of the past and the other minute, you do a complete 180 degrees flip. All of a sudden you are mad for no particular reason. Blame it on the pesky pregnancy hormones responsible for the flips in your moods. It will get better with time though.
Your body is working overtime and many a time, you may feel tired and exhausted. It is completely normal and need not be a cause for alarm. Talk to your health provider on how to deal with your exhaustion. Above all, try to get as much rest as possible.
You can spare an hour or two in the afternoons to nap or simply engage in simple exercises such as going for a 30 minute walk. It might seem counterproductive especially if all you want to do is crawl into your bed but trust me, it’s very instrumental in boosting your energy levels.
Food Cravings and Aversions
Notice a certain appetite for foods you disliked before? Do you all of a sudden have a strange liking for pickles and porridge? Do you find yourself unable to stand your favorite cologne? Strange, right? Well, blame it on the pesky hormones. You don’t want to act on all your food cravings. After all, I want to believe you are determined to keep your weight in check during pregnancy. Right?
What I need you to understand is that the cravings and aversions are pretty much normal. Indulging every once in a while on that ice cream or chocolate bar is not bad. However, you need to keep it in check. Find ways of distracting yourself from unwarranted eating. Better still, how about a distraction? Go for a walk, visit a friend, hit the gym, or engage in any of your favorite past time activities!
You are probably wondering, why the occasional headaches? It is easy to lay the blame as usual on the pesky HCG hormones. What you fail to realize is that the occasional headaches are also informed by fatigue, stress, and even hunger. Relax, drink lots of water, lie in a dark room, and take medication recommended by your doctor.
While the aforementioned symptoms might feel like all there is as regards pregnancy symptoms at week 10, the reality is that they are not. In fact, different women experience different symptoms. Different strokes for different people, right? Some of the other common pregnancy symptoms at week 10 include:
- Tender/soar breasts
- Visible veins
10 weeks pregnant no symptoms? Don’t fret. Like seriously, don’t lose sleep over it. It’s perfectly normal. Some women are that lucky. The pregnancy experience for them is such a joy ride. Simply sit back, enjoy your pregnancy, and thank your lucky stars. You are a rare breed!
Should You Make Any Lifestyle Changes?
Unfortunately, yes. Life is no longer about you. This is not the time to have the “fuck what everyone else says” attitude. Your actions or lack of it thereof directly impacts the well-being of your pregnancy and that of your baby.
Your Health in General
Believe it or not, your general health needs to be sound. Good health for you means your baby’s health would be sound too. What am I driving at? Quit drinking, quit smoking, quit using meth, cocaine, heroin or any other toxic drugs.
All these toxic substances put your pregnancy in danger and a high likelihood of your baby being born with birth defects. You are at a higher risk of having still birth, preterm labor, and miscarriages just to mention but a few if you continue abusing drugs during pregnancy.
Were you the kind of person that loathed any form of exercises pre-pregnancy? Now that you are pregnant, you need to get your priorities right. Exercise is important for the well-being of your pregnancy. Endeavor to take a 30 minute walk daily, do yoga, or swim based on the recommendations of your health provider.
Do you crave your favorite junk food or that chocolate bar you simply couldn’t go a week without? I’ve got bad news for you. Now that you are pregnant, it’s time to eat healthy. Your baby requires nourishment and unfortunately, this means that you need to adopt a healthy diet. Take prenatal vitamins and eat foods rich in essential nutrients. In other words, be mindful of what you eat.
Circumstances under Which You Should Visit or Call Your Doctor Immediately
Now that you are pregnant, it goes without say that you need to have your doctor’s number on speed dial. Anything can happen at any time and having your doctor on call can help avert dangerous situations. You need to call your doctor immediately if you are experiencing the following:
- Low or high blood pressure
- Vaginal bleeding
- Difficulty in breathing
- Severe pelvic pain
- Rectal pressure
- Shoulder pain
The aforementioned could be signs of something dangerous such as ectopic pregnancy or even a miscarriage. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
10 Weeks Pregnant Checklist
- Start shopping for free or loose fitting tops and stretchy pants
- Schedule your first prenatal and ultrasound scan if you haven’t
- Schedule genetic testing
- Start saving for your baby’s birth if you don’t have health insurance. Better still, apply for one
Questions To Ask Your Doctor at Week 10
No doubt, at 10 weeks pregnant, you have questions you need to ask your doctor. Some of these questions include:
- Is it okay to use a safety belt while commuting to work on a daily basis?
- Is it okay to drink alcohol in moderation?
- What medications should I avoid using?
- I’m salivating more than usual. Is that normal?
- What color of my vaginal discharge is normal?
Of course, the above are just an example of the kinds of question you can ask your health provider. Feel free to ask teething questions or raise any concerns regarding your pregnancy with your health provider.
The final Take
While you are not there yet, you are most probably happy with the progress you’ve made so far. You are 10 weeks pregnant! You need to pat yourself on the back. You are on the final stretch of your first trimester. Your baby is growing at a very rapid rate and its ultimate survival is dependent on how well you take care of yourself.
Just the other day, you were happy when you found out that you were pregnant. 10 weeks pregnant should therefore be a milestone. Eat well, exercise right, get sufficient rest, consult your doctor on matters unclear to you, and all should be well. What does week 11 have in store for you? Excited? Worried? Don’t be. My advice is to take it one week at a time!