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10 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

10 Weeks Pregnant

10 Weeks Pregnant
10 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is a Baby at 10 Weeks?

Welcome to week 10! Your quickly growing baby probably measures about 1.2 inches long and weighs .14 ounce this week. That’s about the size of the original Polly Pocket. Need it broken down in fruit? A single green olive is about the size of baby at 10 weeks—small, but not insignificant!

Your Baby at 10 Weeks Pregnant

At 10 weeks pregnant, you’ll celebrate a pretty big milestone—call it the first of many. This week, your baby is officially a fetus and no longer an embryo! That means all the organs are formed in your ten week fetus, and everything’s starting to kick into gear. From here on out, baby will be growing and developing even more. Here’s what else is going on with 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 teeny stomach is now creating digestive juices, and the kidneys have ramped up urine flow.

10 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

This early in pregnancy, your baby will be very small on an ultrasound, but an ultrasound is a great time to get an accurate reading of the baby’s heart rate.

In a 10 week ultrasound twins, two sacs will clearly be visible and two beating heartrates can be heard.

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. Is it flying by or does every day feel like an eternity? Either way, you’ve got a little more than 6 months left to go.

10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Pregnancy can be quite the fickle beast. When you’re 10 weeks pregnant, symptoms could be in full swing or you could be 10 weeks pregnant with no symptoms. Both are totally normal. But for the most part, when you’re 10 weeks pregnant, you definitely know it!

Symptoms like sore boobs, fatigue and morning sickness are probably making it pretty tough to get through the day. But rest assured that within a few weeks, you’ll probably start feeling some much-deserved relief as the second trimester begins. 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, that certainly doesn’t help, since 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 boobs 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 stay well hydrated, too, since the fiber doesn’t work without plenty of water 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 as your pregnant belly bump gets bigger.
  • Mood swings: You’re still probably feeling a bit crankier or a bit weepier than the norm. While your body continues to adjust to first 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.

The Deal With Discharge

Let us tell it to you straight: There may be some…er…surprising vaginal 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.

What’s normal vaginal discharge?

As your body produces more estrogen and blood flow increases, your lady parts may create more discharge. This is the normal, everyday discharge that you had pre-pregnancy, but there can be noticeably more of it, especially as you get closer to your due date. (Hello pantiliners!)

Normal vaginal discharge is clear or milky white, may be thin or a bit thicker like mucus and has little or no odor.

What’s abnormal vaginal discharge?

Signs the vaginal discharge are abnormal are:

  • It’s whitish and accompanied by itching, burning or inflammation. This could mean you have a yeast infection.
  • It’s thin and white or gray with a fishy smell. Could be another vaginal infection called bacterial vaginosis.
  • It’s yellow or green, has a strong smell and/or you also have redness or itchiness. That could signal an STD called trichomoniasis.
  • There’s a sudden change, such as in thickness (either really thin or super thick), color or quantity of discharge. This could be a sign of preterm labor.

All of the above should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor during pregnancy, so don’t hesitate to call if you’re unsure.

Top Tip for 10 Weeks Pregnant

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

Your 10 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Pre-pregnancy, your uterus was about the size of a small pear. Now, at 10 weeks, it’s almost the size of a grapefruit. And it’ll grow to be the size of a watermelon before you give birth!

Every pregnant woman is different but your pregnant belly might start to get a little baby bump soon. Get ready for anyone and everyone (even strangers) to know you’re expecting.

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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Partner Tip

If work offers paid time off for the birth of a child, take the maximum amount. Your kid is only born once. (And check out this primer to the FMLA for partners.)

How to Tell Work You’re Pregnant

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Telling your mom and BFFs you’re pregnant is the easy part. Telling people at work is harder. Because maternity leave. You’re not alone, sister. How do you handle it? What about state-specific considerations and changing jobs while pregnant? Find out more about how to tell work you’re pregnant.

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 got knocked up.


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