You are already forming the placenta, but this week you’re welcoming the umbilical cord to the party. It’s the lifeline that will connect your baby to the placenta, so it can deliver the valuable nutrients your baby needs. Not only that, but it will help your baby eliminate waste through your bloodstream.
You’re also developing your mucous plug, which will act as a cork at the opening of your cervix, to seal your baby into the womb and help protect him from bacteria. Your baby now has webbed hands and feet, but soon they’ll separate into individual fingers and toes.
7 weeks pregnant is how many months?
You’re almost two months pregnant! Just one more week to go and you’ll only have 7 months left! Hang in there.
Your Baby at 7 Weeks
Your baby’s arms and legs are getting longer and working hard at dividing into hands, arms, shoulders, feet, legs, and knees. He’s also forming his mouth and tongue while his fully developed kidneys perform their important waste management duties. Soon, he’ll produce his own urine that you’ll eliminate for him via the umbilical cord.
How big is a baby at 7 weeks?
Your baby is the size of a blueberry. At 0.6 centimetres long, your baby is minuscule, but still 10,000 times larger than he was just one month ago. His head is the biggest part of his body right now, and his brain cells are multiplying at about 100 cells per minute.
Your Body at 7 Weeks
You may not have decided a way to tell your partner you’re pregnant yet, but you surely know it from all the symptoms and they may have guessed. You may be nauseated, feeling the need to head to the bathroom often, or producing more saliva than a drooling, teething baby.
Your breasts may be swelling by now to get ready for breastfeeding. In fact, some women have already grown a full cup size. If they weren’t so tender and achy, you might be grateful for the enhancement.
Your nipples are probably very tender and will continue to get bigger and darker in colour.
If you have aversions to food, rest assured that most other pregnant women do, too. The best thing you can do is listen to your body. Bland foods will upset your stomach less than anything with a lot of spice, but you can find substitutes for your favourite foods that are healthier and more tolerable, if necessary.
Spending a lot of time in the bathroom will continue for a while because of the increased blood flow to your pelvis and the hCG pregnancy hormone. If you’re up for bedroom activities, this increased blood flow will work in your favour.
If you’re noticing bumps on your nipples or blue veins in your breasts, that’s normal. The bumps are glands that help supply lubrication, which will come in handy when you start breastfeeding. The blue veins are working to supply nutrients.
You’re still tired this week because your body is working hard on that placenta, and your emotions are playing games with you, which can make you feel consistently exhausted. Eat smaller meals more often to keep your energy up and to help quell the cravings.
Many women are struggling with heartburn and indigestion by now, so if you’re one of them, try to avoid spicy foods, caffeine, or anything else that makes it worse. Drink water, either before or after a meal, to aid in digestion, but limit the amount of fluid you consume with your meals. Too much fluid will distend your stomach and make the heartburn worse.
If you have excess saliva, you’re not alone, but it doesn’t make the queasy feeling any better. It should go away by the beginning of your second trimester. To help you in the meantime, chew some sugarless gum.
Tips/Things to do
You may not look pregnant yet, but it’s possible you’ve gained a few pounds because of the extra fluids you’re producing, the increased blood flow, and the times you may have given in to cravings. You’ll likely gain up to 15 kilograms throughout your pregnancy.
Knowing how much you’re supposed to gain, however, is the first step in making sure you have a healthy pregnancy.
Cramping is normal but pay attention to other pain, like neck or shoulder pain. Accompanied by dizziness, discharge, or contractions, it could be a sign of something more serious and you should contact your doctor.
Pregnancy can change your complexion in many ways, including acne, blotches, and dryness. You may choose to take care of your pregnancy skin with a facial. Make sure your aesthetician knows you’re having a baby so they can skip treatments that may be damaging.
When working out, jerky and twisting motions are bad for you. Low impact exercises are best, but you can continue your normal workout routine if you don’t feel any pain. Be aware of your balance because it can change as you grow, affecting the workouts you’ll be able to do.
Indulge in healthy cravings as much as you can. The fruit is an essential source of vitamins and it can help keep you regular. Select a fruit that is vibrant in colour for the best nutrients.
If your cravings are steering you in a different direction, try your best to substitute that sugary cereal with Cheerios and fruit, with just a drizzle of honey. If you crave something you can’t have, like sushi, substitute teriyaki salmon.
Pass up the things you can’t seem to stand right now. If you have aversions to certain foods, keep your foods bland to help with nausea. You can always substitute veggies for fruits if you can’t stand the sight of broccoli.
You’re just now starting to get in the groove of pregnancy and getting the hang of good habits now will set you up for success. It will get through your pregnancy as healthily as possible. It’s tough to balance your cravings, your emotions, and your energies right now, but you’re doing a fantastic job, mom!
About The Author
Kids, chai latte’s, blueberry muffins, and reading way too many books… That pretty much sums up Louise. She’s also passionate about giving back to the community, in this case through this site, finding and answering questions about parenting.