7 Weeks Pregnant
How Big Is My Baby At 7 Weeks Pregnant?
Your baby is developing fast and is about the size of a blueberry. Your baby is about 0.5 inches long and weighs about 0.05 ounces.
Baby Development At 7 Weeks Pregnant:
- Brain is developing fast with around 100 new brain cells forming every minute.
- Facial features become more defined with distinct appearance of eyes, ears, mouth, and nose.
- Lenses in the eyes start to form and the color of iris is visible.
- The umbilical cord has formed and is fully functional.
- Arms, shoulders, hands, legs, and feet begin to take shape.
- Skin is thin and translucent.
- The lungs and digestive tract are taking shape.
7 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms
Morning Sickness: Hormone changes in the first trimester can cause morning sickness (nausea and vomiting). Although it is called as "morning sickness", it can occur at any time of day. Morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester.
Weight Loss: You may lose some weight because of eating less due to morning sickness. Vomiting will also lead to weight loss.
Fatigue: Fatigue and tiredness continue to occur due to hormonal changes and extra work your body is doing to develop the placenta. This happens despite having a good night’s sleep. This is normal and is not a cause of worry at all. This is your body's way of telling you that you need more rest.
Urinary Frequency: Urge to urinate frequently continues and is a constant problem during the entire pregnancy. Pregnant women commonly experience temporary bladder control problems in pregnancy. Baby in your womb baby pushes down on the bladder, urethra, and pelvic floor muscles. This pressure can lead to more frequent need to urinate, as well as leaking of urine when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Excessive Saliva: You will continue to have excessive saliva in your mouth to neutralize acidity in your mouth caused by morning sickness and heartburn.
Food Cravings And Aversion: You will continue to have a strong urge to eat certain foods which you never liked earlier. You will also develop an aversion to once your favorite foods. It is normal during pregnancy.
Cramping & Spotting: You may experience abdominal cramping and spotting as a result of hectic activity in your uterus and cervix. This is normal in early pregnancy.
Skin Changes: Acne and other skin changes occur due to hormonal changes in your body. The appearance of patches of darker skin over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip is also common. The same type of patches often appears on both sides of the face. These spots are more common in dark-skinned women and are called melasma or chloasma.
Mood Swings: Mood swings occur due to hormonal changes as well as your changing emotions caused by pregnancy.
7 Weeks Pregnant: Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Read as much as you can about pregnancy, labor, and birth.
- Continue to follow good prenatal habits like eating healthy food and taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins daily.
- Never keep your stomach empty to prevent feeling queasy.
- Eat small meals or snacks at regular intervals to cope with morning sickness.
- Be physically active and do moderate exercises to keep fit and good health.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Quit smoking, drinking alcohol, and using illicit drugs if you haven’t stopped already.
- Limit caffeine consumption.
- Wear a supportive bra to help relieve breast tenderness.
- Avoid unpasteurized, salty, spicy, fried, and fatty foods.
- Take plenty of rest to fight off the fatigue.
- Enroll in a pregnancy yoga class.