7 Weeks Pregnant
At 7 weeks pregnant, your baby still technically an embryo but is already the size of a blueberry.
Your little blueberry is rapidly changing! The brain and face are developing and little paddle-shaped hands and feet are protruding from its little body. If you’ve had other children, you may look pregnant sooner than you did with your first.
Seventh Week of Pregnancy
If you could see your baby now, you would be able to see your baby’s paddle-like hands and feet. You would also be able to detect eyelid folds covering the eyes, which have a little color.
The brain is growing rapidly with 100 new brain cells a minute! The liver is making red blood cells until the bone marrow forms and takes over the job. The pancreas, appendix and kidneys are forming. The heart is continuing to become more complex.
How You Are Changing
The changes just keep coming! If you haven’t already, you may develop “morning sickness” which can affect you anytime of day.
You may have feel the need to pee more often. This is due to an increase in blood volume and the extra fluid that is being processed through your kidneys. You have approximately 10% more blood in your body than you did before becoming pregnant and by the end of your pregnancy you will have 40-45% more.
Every pregnant woman is slightly different. What may be the norm for one, is not the norm for another. Some women do start noticing physical changes by week 7, especially if it’s not their first baby. But for others there is no visible change.
Getting Ready for Your First Prenatal Visit
You will be getting close to your first prenatal visit. Unless you have certain risk factors or other problems, your healthcare professional will likely schedule your first visit during week 8.
Now is a good time to start getting ready for that visit. Having good prenatal care early on helps give your baby the best start in life. Here are some things you can do to get ready:
- Make a list of your questions and take the list with you.
- Take a list of all the medications you’re taking, prescription and over-the-counter.
- Take note of the first day of your last period, as your doctor will use the date to determine your due date.
What should you expect during your first visit? The goal of your first visit is to see how you are and how your pregnancy is going so far. Your health care provider will likely start by checking your urine, blood pressure and weight. They will ask how you’re feeling physically and emotionally and will measure your abdomen.
Using the first day of your last period, your doctor will determine your due date. They will order blood tests and/or any other tests that may be determined necessary.