10 Weeks Pregnant
In week 10 of pregnancy, your little one has completed the most critical part of development and is now the size of a kumquat.
At just the size of a kumquat, your baby has completed the most critical part of development by week 10. This begins what is called the fetal period, when the organs and tissues begin to rapidly grow.
Tenth Week of Pregnancy
Considered a fetus, your baby’s eyelids have developed to protect the eyes. The skin is getting less translucent and all of the vital organs are in place and begin to function.
Fingernails are forming on fingers and toes and the peach-like fuzz begins to appear on the skin.
Your baby is moving too. Although you probably won’t feel actual movement until 16-22 weeks, your baby has been moving for a couple of weeks now. If you have had other children, you may notice subtle kicks earlier. This is known as quickening.
How You Are Changing
At your prenatal care visit, you will get to hear the rapid heartbeat. It sounds like galloping horses and when you hear it for the first time, it is an amazing experience.
Your uterus has definitely changed as it is now about the size of a grapefruit. You are likely feeling a difference in the way your pants feel when buttoned. You may or may not be in maternity clothes, but you may feel like you want a stretchy waistband.
You may also need to go up in your bra size. Your breasts are busy the first trimester. Your hormones are causing the milk glands to develop and stimulating the growth of milk ducts. In addition to them getting larger, they will begin to change in the way they look. Veins get darker and your nipples will get larger and darker.
As for weight gain, it may be increasing. But don’t worry if it isn’t. If your doctor isn’t concerned, neither should you.
Urinary Tract Infections During Pregnancy
A common infection during pregnancy is a UTI, urinary tract infection. One reason for this is due to higher levels of progesterone. It relaxes your urinary tract which may allow more bacteria to grow. The further along in your pregnancy, there will be other factors that contribute to this type of infection.
Some of the common symptoms of a UTI include pelvic pain, an increased urge to pee, pain with urination and blood in the urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to notify your health care provider.
Staying Fit During Pregnancy
Being active during your pregnancy has so many benefits for you and your baby. The thing is, you may not feel like keeping up with a fitness routine. This is especially true if you have experienced vomiting, nausea and fatigue thus far. But here are some reasons you may want to start or keep exercising:
- Less weight gain during your pregnancy
- Will aid in making labor and delivery easier
- Lower your risk of gestational diabetes
- May help with your mood swings
- Less likely to experience constipation
- You’ll have more energy
- It will help you be more fit later in life
- With help with prenatal depression
There are a number of types of workouts and routines you can maintain during your pregnancy. Some of the best activities include walking, swimming, prenatal pilates, prenatal yoga and weight training.