If you are ten weeks pregnant, you should know one thing that the little heart of your baby is now fully formed!! Excited?? You must be.
When you are ten weeks into your pregnancy, lots of things are moving along at a healthy pace.
The baby in your womb continues to grow into a real little person. The most important stage of their growth is now complete, and they are beginning to enter the ‘foetal period’. During this period, their tissues and organs develop rapidly and start to mature.
Their jawbones are starting to form, and they hold their future milk teeth already, although they won’t tear through the gums till your little one is about six months old. The little heart of your baby is now formed fully and will be beating two to three times faster than our hearts. From the ten week stage, your baby begins to swallow fluid, produce digestive fluids and kick their limbs. If you view your baby on an ultrasound scan at ten weeks, they will be producing jerky movements and will be bouncing about.
The baby’s fingers and toes will be no longer webbed when you reach ten weeks. They will also be able to bend their arms at the wrist, and their nails will begin to form. In the meantime, they have grown a peachy fuzzy hair on their skin and their spinal nerves are starting to spread out from the spinal cord, and if the baby is a boy, he must have begun producing testosterone already.
Size wise they will be nearly 3.8cm long and to cater for your growing baby’s size, your uterus has now expanded to the size of a grapefruit and you may also be able to sense it above the middle of your pubic bone.
By week ten you might be beginning to think about where you want to have your baby, and would be reading up on all your options –birth centre, home birth or perhaps your local hospital. You can do as much research since it enables you and your partner to make a well-informed decision.
You might notice the immensity of what is happening to start hitting you now. But you don’t have to worry because these are all normal and it is meant to happen. Most of the mums-to-be feel a bit of anxiety or worry early in the pregnancy. It might sometimes be the concerns related to your growing baby or perhaps about how life is going to change. Most of them experience these things, and if it tends to bother you, then you can probably speak it out with your midwife.
The baby will now be just the size of a kumquat – a bit above an inch or long, top to bottom – and it will weigh less than a quarter of an ounce. Your baby would have now completed the most crucial portion of its development. This is the starting of the so-called foetal period, a time when the organs and tissues in its body quickly grow and mature.
The baby will be swallowing and kicking up a storm. Vital organs – which includes the kidneys, brain, intestines and liver (now producing Red Blood Cells (RBC) in place of the disappearing yolk sac) – are in place and beginning to function, though they’ll proceed to develop throughout the pregnancy.
You are likely to spot minute details when you take a peek into the womb. Such details will include tiny nails emerging on fingers and toes (without any webbing) and peach-fuzz hair starting to grow on the tender skin.
And the other developments include: Your baby will now be able to bend its limb. Its hands will be flexed at the wrist and will meet over his heart, and its feet may be quite extended so as to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is distinct through the translucent skin, and even the spinal nerves begin to stretch out from its spinal cord. The forehead of the baby will have temporarily bulged with his developing brain, and it sits high on the baby’s head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, the baby will be nearly 1 1/4 inches long. In the weeks to follow your baby will again double in his/her size – to almost 3 inches.
Your baby must be around the size of a kumquat and can extend his spine. The baby’s eyes and eyelids are more developed, and her eyebrows are starting to grow.
Baby’s Length: The baby will be around 1.22 inches in length.
Baby’s Weight: It will weigh about 0.14 ounce.
Brain: The forehead of the baby will bulge with the developing brain and will sit high on her head.
Fingers: The fingers of the baby are now totally separated, and tiny fingernails are beginning to grow in.
Uterus: Your uterus must have doubled by now. It would have grown from the size of a pear (when you were not pregnant) to the size of a grapefruit.
Yolk sac: The baby’s liver is now generating blood cells; the yolk sac is no longer required and starts to disappear.
At your next prenatal appointment, you may be able to listen to your baby’s rapid heartbeat with the aid of a Doppler, which is a handheld ultrasound device that your physician or midwife places on your stomach. The heart beat of your baby may sound just like the thunder of galloping horses.
You may or may not be set for using a maternity wear now. Even if you’re not there yet, your normal clothes are probably feeling awkwardly tight, and your breasts may be tightening the seams of your bra. The thickening in your middle section is most likely due to bloating and slight weight gain. If you’re between the regular and maternity clothes, it is better to use pants and skirts with elastic waistbands. Otherwise, you could go for low-rise waistlines that will sit below your tummy. All these will give you the comfort that you need.
As per your fitness level, you can most likely take part in a wide range of exercises during pregnancy. Walking and Swimming are excellent choices for the entire nine months. Exercise improves muscle strength, tone, and endurance – three qualities that can aid you to carry the weight you increase during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labour, and make it easier for you to get back into the previous shape after you deliver your baby.