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7 Weeks Pregnant

May 16, 2019

7 Weeks Pregnant

7 Weeks Pregnant
7 Weeks Pregnant

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

Your Baby at 7 Weeks

  • 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.

What Baby’s Doing In There

You don’t have a baby bump, you can’t feel a kick or a jab, and you probably haven’t even seen the doctor yet. No wonder you’re dying to know what’s going with that soon-to-be baby. It’s actually quite a lot.

During the first trimester, your baby will grow from the size of a poppy seed (.05 inches long at 4 weeks) to as big as a hacky sack (2.1 inches long) by week 12.

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.

At 10 weeks, your baby is no longer an embryo—it’s now a fetus. By then, their eyes will be fully formed, though they won’t open them for awhile, and their teeth will be in place—though you won’t seem those until baby is about six months old.

Pregnancy Ultrasound Week 7

Photo by Tommy’s

Pregnancy Symptoms at 7 Weeks

  • 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. Having no 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 lucky few who doesn’t have a rough first trimester.

What’s With Prenatal Vitamins?

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It’s smart to get into good habits right away. That includes taking prenatal vitamins, which can help you get all the extra nutrients you need now that you’re pregnant—and that can give you extra peace of mind if you’re throwing up a lot. Look for a vitamin that includes:

  • Folic acid: At least 400 micrograms of this B vitamin daily can help reduce baby’s risk of neural tube (brain and spine) defects, especially when taken in early pregnancy. On top of that, try to get 200 micrograms more per day by eating folate-rich foods (green leafies).
  • Iron: 27 mg of iron per day helps your red blood cells deliver oxygen to all your organs and tissue. Iron can sometimes cause constipation, so eating lots of fiber and drinking lots of water is key.
  • Calcium: This nutrient helps build your baby’s bones and teeth and can prevent bone density loss (osteoporosis) for you. Your prenatal vitamin should have some calcium, but really your best way to get this nutrient is getting it in your diet. Beyond dairy products, it can be find in food like broccoli and dark leafy greens.
  • Vitamin D: The big D helps its buddy calcium with bone growth, and 200 to 400 IUs of it is ideal.
  • DHA: About 200 mg daily of this Omega-3 fatty acid is important to develop your baby’s nervous system. Some regular prenatal vitamins don’t have it, so you might have to supplement.

For specific vitamin brand recommendations, ask your doctor, who may write you a prescription or suggest a good OTC one. Wondering which one to get? Here’s our guide to the best prenatal vitamins, from a budget pick to the best pill alternative and more.

Top Tip for 7 Weeks Pregnant

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

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, STDs and more.
  • Q&A: Your doc will likely give you instructions to help keep you and your baby safe throughout your pregnancy. Here’s your chance to voice any concerns and ask all those questions you’ve been wondering about, both about your own health and about how the doctor handles prenatal care and delivery.

Genetic testing in the first trimester

You may be offered a few other, optional tests that would be done over the next few weeks. Talk with your doctor and/or a genetic counselor to help you decide what testing is right for your and your family. The options:

  • Genetic carrier screens: Turns out genes are crazy, and you can be a carrier for a disease you don’t have. In late February 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists started recommending that all patients be offered some kind of carrier screen, but these guidelines have not been widely adopted. Many people do it as part of pre-pregnancy prep, but you can opt to do it now too.
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT): Women at higher risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality may choose to have NIPT (a.k.a. cell-free fetal DNA testing). It’s a blood test that screens for common chromosomal defects and abnormalities. It can be done any time after nine weeks. Screening tests like this can help you gauge your baby’s risk for certain things and help you decide whether or not to have later diagnostic tests, which give clearer answers. You can also opt to find out your baby’s gender along with the screening results.
  • First trimester screening: This screen gauges a baby’s risk of having certain birth defects, including Down syndrome trisomy 13, 18 or 21, and congenital heart problems, as well as chromosomal abnormality. It’s a combo of two tests: A blood test that measures protein levels in your blood, and a nuchal translucency ultrasound (a.k.a. NT scan) that measures fluid at the back of the baby’s neck. It can be done at 10 to 15 weeks.
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS): You may opt to have CVS if you have concerns about your baby’s risk of having a chromosomal abnormality or other genetic condition (perhaps because of results from a screening test). For this diagnostic test, doctors take a sample of tissue from the placenta and test it for almost all chromosomal abnormalities and many genetic disorders. It may be a good option for those who want answers ASAP, since it can be done during weeks 10 through 13 (vs. amniocentesis, which happens at week 16 or later).

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 bid 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 won’t actually look pregnant until your uterus grows up and out of your uterus around week 12 or so though.

So while you might not be showing enough to fit into full-fledged maternity clothes just yet, you might want to invest in a few in-between wardrobe items that can last you the rest of the first trimester and that you’ll be able to wear after the baby arrives. This includes:

  • A belly band: This stretchy strip of fabric can be worn at the top of your jeans and pants, so you can keep them unbuttoned (phew) without them falling down.
  • Flowy blouses and tunics: These can hide your pregnant belly until you’re ready to tell your boss and coworkers the news.
  • Hip-length cardigans and blazers: Adding these layers are flattering for this in-between stage and help keep a bump under wraps, if that’s what you want. They can also be worn unbuttoned throughout most of the pregnancy.
  • Stretchy leggings: Ah leggings. The ultimate comfort clothes. Some moms-to-be can get away with wearing them for months and months.

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Fun Fact

The most common food aversion pregnant women have reported is to meat and poultry.

Pregnancy and Your Beauty Routine

You’re probably wondering if your usual beauty routine is safe to stick to throughout pregnancy. There are some rules of thumb to keep in mind:

Hair color: Hair dye is largely considered safe, so long as it’s not getting absorbed through a wound in the scalp. But many moms-to-be still err on the side of caution by choosing highlights (which don’t have to touch the scalp), henna or other all-natural dyes and/or those with little to no ammonia or peroxide.

Skincare: Run any specific products you’re unsure of past your doc. Some skincare medications and OTC creams could be harmful to use during pregnancy, including retinoids (like Differin and Retin-A) and high doses of salicylic acid (keep it under 2%). And you might want to avoid harsh products, since your skin is likely more sensitive.

Sunscreen: It’s not only safe but it’s important to wear sunscreen, since you’re more likely to get skin discolorations from UV exposure. If you’re worried about what your skin is absorbing, choose a physical sunscreen (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) instead of a chemical one (oxybenzone, octinoxate, etc.).

Nail care: Your regular mani/pedi is considered fine, so long as there’s good ventilation in the salon. (Fumes are no good, so you might want to skip the acrylic tips too.) To be extra safe, look for nail polishes that are DBP-free or “three-free,” which means they’re made without dibutyl phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde, all of which are considered toxic.

Spa treatments: You can totally enjoy a morning at the spa. Prenatal-specific massages and gentle facial are fine, but avoid anything that could be too abrasive on delicate skin, like microdermabrasion. Also, skip the sauna, steam room, body wraps and other hot treatments, since they could raise your body temp too much.


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Week 7 Pregnancy Checklist

  • Make an appointment for a prenatal massage. Even if you have to get it in the second trimester, you’ll have something to look forward to.
  • 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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