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10 Weeks Pregnant

August 15, 2019

10 Weeks Pregnant

10 Weeks Pregnant
10 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 10 Weeks?

Your baby measures about 1.2 inches long and weighs .14 ounce this week. That’s about the size of the original Polly Pocket.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 10 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 10 Weeks

This week, your baby is officially a fetus and no longer an embryo. That means all the organs are formed, and everything’s starting to kick into gear. Here’s what else is going on with your baby at 10 weeks.

  • Big head: Right now, your baby’s head is roughly half the length of their entire body. They’ll become more proportional later. Inside that noggin, baby’s brain continues to develop.
  • Beating heart: The heart is fully developed and beating two to three times faster than yours to get all that blood to flow.
  • Bones and cartilage: As your baby is starting to form bones and cartilage, joints are developing, and the elbows and knees are able to bend.
  • Digestive progress: Baby’s tiny stomach is now creating digestive juices, and the kidneys have ramped up urine flow.

10 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

10 week ultrasound

Photo by Tommy’s

10 Weeks Pregnant is How Many Months?

Believe it or not, at 10 weeks pregnant, you are already two-and-a-half months pregnant, and have a little more than 6 months left to go.

Your Body: 10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, symptoms could be in full swing or you may not be experiencing much of anything. Both are totally normal. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most common 10 weeks pregnant symptoms.

  • Nausea and vomiting: Morning sickness may still be your reality. If you’re having food aversions, the sight, smell or even thought of certain foods may totally sicken you. Can’t look at anything except a grilled cheese sandwich? It’s OK if that’s your dinner every night for now. The most important thing is that you’re keeping food down and staying well hydrated.
  • Sore, swollen boobs: Progesterone is kicking your milk ducts into high gear, which is probably making your breasts tender and your bras tight. This will calm down a bit in the second trimester, then pick up again right before birth.
  • Constipation: Feeling blocked up? Constipation is very common in the first trimester. Find your favorite fiberful foods (raspberries, dried apricots or almonds?) and snack on them often. Remember to drink lots of water, too, since the fiber doesn’t work without plenty of H20 in your system. Preventing constipation also can prevent hemorrhoids, which can happen due to all the straining to go, and are common in pregnancy. Also, talk to your doctor about switching your prenatal vitamin; sometimes one that’s high in iron can contribute to constipation.
  • Lower back pain: Back pain at 10 weeks pregnant? Very common. Between hormones and an expanding uterus, your back muscles may be having trouble adjusting. Try to sleep on your side and remember that flats can give your back a break.
  • Mood swings: You still may be feeling a bit crankier or a bit weepier than the norm. While your body continues to adjust to irst trimester hormones, mood swings are par for the course. You can try to head them off by getting enough rest, eating healthily and often and avoiding stressful situations (if possible). But sometimes there’s not much you can do but cry at a Hallmark Channel movie and look forward to the second trimester, when hormones level out more.
  • Visible veins: As blood flow increases—to deliver nutrients to your baby—your skin might start to look a bit like a road map, especially on your chest and belly. Those veins are more visible simply because they’re filled with a higher volume of blood, and they’ll go back to normal after you deliver.
  • Vaginal discharge: Let us tell it to you straight: There may be some…er…surprising discharge when you’re 10 weeks pregnant, or anytime during your pregnancy. What’s important is knowing what vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and what is worth a call to your healthcare provider.

Top Tip for 10 Weeks Pregnant

Don’t look at baby stuff on your work computer unless you’re in incognito mode. You probably don’t want to get retargeted ads for that Babyletto crib during a presentation or when your boss is looking at your screen.

Your Life at 10 Weeks Pregnant

Is the first trimester dragging or are you enjoying? You can’t fast forward or stop time, but you can turn your attention to things within your control, like comfy bras, cute photos and the best way to tell your boss your big news.

  • Top tip: Even if you don’t have a bump yet—which is completely normal, btw—you may soon. So this can be a fun time to start snapping those belly pics. Letter boards with clever sayings are cute but certainly not required. All you really need is a mirror and a growing baby. Even if selfies aren’t your thing, it can be fun to privately look back on these photos to see how things change week by week.
  • Telling work: As you near the end of the first trimester, you’ll soon need to share your news with work. It’s natural to feel nervous. How do you handle it? How will your coworkers react? How does maternity leave work? We have you covered: Learn the facts about telling work you’re pregnant and how parental leave works. (And check out this primer to the FMLA for partners.)
  • Gear to consider: It’s never too early to invest in a good maternity or nursing bra. Although sore boobs will most likely wane as you enter the second trimester, you’ll be grateful for extra support as they continue to grow along with your belly.
  • Recipes to try: Some people are hungrier than ever during their first trimester, while others find it hard to get anything down. Regardless of which camp you fall, no-bake energy balls, like these or these, are a super-easy snack to make and full of baby-building protein.

Your 10 Weeks Pregnant Belly

You’ve may have gained around 1 to 4 pounds already, which is right on track for the first trimester. In the second trimester and beyond, you’ll likely gain about a pound per week. (Of course, you’ll want to get personalized weight gain recommendations from your doctor.)

10 Weeks Baby Bumps from Real Moms

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Fun Fact

Thanks to the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, you can’t be fired for getting pregnant. Forty percent of employers used to fire women when they were pregnant.


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10 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Review your employer’s maternity leave policy and plan how to tell work you’re pregnant.
  • Start thinking about your budget and savings plan for pregnancy and the first year of baby’s life.
  • Schedule your appointment for your 12-week prenatal visit, if you haven’t already.
  • Buy a couple of reliable maternity bras. Bonus points if they can double as nursing bras when the time comes (in case you decide to breastfeed).
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