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7 Weeks Pregnant

August 5, 2019

7 Weeks Pregnant

7 Weeks Pregnant
7 Weeks Pregnant

How Big is Your Baby at 7 Weeks?

Your baby is 0.31 inches long and weighs 0.04 ounces this week. That’s about the size of a Sweethearts candy.

Here’s what else to know when you’re 7 weeks pregnant:

Your Baby’s Development at 7 Weeks

You may not have much of a baby bump, you can’t feel a kick or a jab, and you probably haven’t even seen the doctor yet. But you’re probably eager to know what’s going on with your baby in there. It’s actually quite a lot.

Baby’s major organs start developing—heart, brain, liver, stomach and kidneys—at 5 weeks, and by 8 weeks, you should be able to hear their heartbeat at your prenatal appointment.

  • Major growth: Your baby is growing really quickly, having doubled in size since last week!
  • Arm and leg joints: The tiny little embryo has sprouted arms and legs, and is starting to form joints.
  • More complex brain: The brain is also going through a growth spurt this week. It already has two hemispheres and is becoming more complex by the minute (growing 100,000 new cells per minute to be exact).
  • Growing digestive system: The intestines are getting bigger and extending a bit into the umbilical cord. They’ll find their way to their rightful space later.

7 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 7

Photo by Tommy’s

Your Body: 7 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Feeling not-so-hot right about now? Know you’re not alone! Pregnancy symptoms tend to kick into high gear around now. Here’s some of what you may be experiencing.

  • Morning sickness: More than 80% of women experience some kind of nausea in early pregnancy, and more than half have some vomiting too. This morning sickness usually goes away by the second trimester. And it’s not just morning sickness. It can–and does–strike at any time of day, usually throughout the first trimester. Try to keep your symptoms manageable by eating smaller, more frequent meals; drinking lots of water in small sips throughout the day; and avoiding lying down right after eating.
  • Exhaustion: Fatigue can hit hard in these early weeks of pregnancy, and there’s not much you can do about it. Try to keep your energy up by eating healthfully and often (every few hours), drinking plenty of water and exercising (if you’re up to it). And give yourself permission to sleep in on the weekends and/or take a little nap when you can.
  • Bloating: The pregnancy hormone progesterone slows down certain functions in the body, including your digestion. Extra digestion time allows for extra gas to build up, making you more likely to get bloated. (It also makes you more likely to pass gas when you don’t exactly want to.) Limiting carbonated drinks, avoiding fatty or fried foods, eating smaller meals (but eating more often), drinking plenty of water, eating slowly and chewing your food well can help prevent excess gas.
  • Diarrhea: When your hormones change and digestion slows, it can also set off the runs. Or maybe you’re sensitive to changes to your diet—or maybe it’s a stomach bug. The most crucial thing is to stay hydrated if you have diarrhea. So drink lots of water and juice, and eat brothy soups. If the diarrhea doesn’t clear up on its own within two days, call your doctor.
  • Excess saliva: Notice your mouth watering more these days? Excess saliva is a real pregnancy symptom that not everyone gets or notices. Doctors say it the extra saliva protects the mouth and throat from irritating stomach acids that can strike during the first trimester. Drinking lots of water, using mouthwash, brushing your teeth often and chewing gum could help tame the drool.
  • Frequent urination: Your uterus is already expanding and crowding your bladder, with means a more frequent urge to pee. The uterus will get a little higher in the second tri and hopefully give you a (temporary) break until late pregnancy, when you’ll be very well acquainted with the ladies’ room again.
  • No symptoms: If, at 7 weeks pregnant, no symptoms are bothering you, you might be wondering what’s up. Not having symptoms doesn’t mean anything’s wrong or that your pregnancy isn’t normal. You just might get them a little later than some other moms-to-be, or you may be one of the few who doesn’t have a rough first trimester.

Top Tip for 7 Weeks Pregnant

If you’re having trouble keeping down your prenatal vitamins, try a gummy or a mini-pill.

Your Life at 7 Weeks Pregnant

Even though it might not look different, your body is undergoing all sorts of major changes, and some might be affecting your everyday. (Morning sickness, anyone?) Here are a few ways to be gentle with yourself this week.

  • Top tip: Water plays a big role in your baby’s development (think the placenta and the amniotic sac). It can also help alleviate some early pregnancy symptoms, like fatigue, headaches and nausea. Carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go will remind you to stay hydrated. Opt for a cool design, like the Simple Modern Wave or the purifyou, or go big with the 40 oz Hydroflask. For additional motivation, bottles with goal markers, like this one, can be a fun way to help keep you on track all day long. (Don’t forget: more water means more bathroom trips. Plan accordingly!)
  • Treat yourself: You’re growing a human, and that’s no easy feat. Reward yourself with a pedicure (while you can still see your toes), a new style at the salon or a luxurious (but gentle) facial. Curious which beauty treatments and products are OK for baby? Here are some tips.
  • Good for your bod: Fatigue and nausea can make exercise feel out of the question. But a little movement really can boost your energy and your mood while stretching weary muscles. If you’re up for it, check out a prenatal yoga class in your area. If that’s too much right now, sink into child’s pose or take a 10-minute stroll around the block.
  • Give Dr. Google a rest: Spotting? Cramping? No symptoms at all? In most cases, there’s nothing to worry about, and frantic Google searches may only freak you out. A note-taking app on your phone—or even a mini notepad—are a great place to collect your concerns so you can share with your gyno at your next exam. If the worries won’t go away, go ahead and give your doctor a call. Most will ease your fears over the phone, or tell you when an office visit might be the best course of action.

What to Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit

As you eagerly await your first prenatal doctor visit (usually around 8 weeks), brush up on what to expect. Here’s the rundown:

  • Medical history chat: Your OB or midwife will ask you about your health history, both general health-wise and gynecologically. Take note of what the first day of your last period was, because they’ll ask to help determine how far along you are (and thus your due date). Know which medications or supplements you’re currently taking, so they are aware and can sign off on them (or not). They’ll also ask about diseases that may run in your and your partner’s families, so ask family members in advance if you’re unsure.
  • Physical exam: You’ll get a whole exam with your blood pressure and height and weight checks, and a pelvic exam. Your workup will include a pap smear (if you haven’t had one super recently). Many docs do an ultrasound at this appointment, in which case you’ll see a tiny flickering heartbeat. (Woo hoo!)
  • Urine test: Get ready to pee in a cup because your urine will be tested to confirm your pregnancy. The urine also will be tested for protein, glucose, white blood cells and more—and probably will be at every appointment.
  • Blood work: Your blood will be drawn, so your doc knows your blood type and Rh status (super important to prevent complications) and anemia. It may be tested for vitamin D deficiency, certain immunities and more.
  • Q&A: Your doc will likely give you instructions to help keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Here’s your chance to voice any concerns and ask all those questions you’ve been wondering about!

Partner Tip

Go with the mom-to-be to the first prenatal visit. There will be a few later appointments that wouldn’t be a biggie to miss. But this one? It’s a big deal.

Your 7 Weeks Pregnant Belly

Between bloating and the extra pound or two you may have put on (totally normal), you might start feeling like you’ve already got a bit of a belly. You might not actually look pregnant until around week 12 or so though.

7 Weeks Baby Bumps from Real Moms

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7 Weeks Pregnant Checklist

  • Buy a nice water bottle to keep in your bag or on your desk. Water is the easiest remedy and prevention for many pregnancy symptoms, so make it easy for you to keeping drinking throughout the day.
  • Keep troubleshooting what works to keep the queasies away. Stock up on ginger or mint tea to calm your belly.
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