Congratulations, you're now in week 10!
Your baby may be a size of a prune but he is starting to toughen up thanks to his now hardening bones. His fingers and toes are also developing along with fingernails. As for you, find out what type of food and activities you should avoid to reduce pregnancy risks.
Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby’s brain is developing at an astounding rate: nearly 250,000 neurons are forming every minute!
- All his vital organs, including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver, are now in place and starting to function.
- His hands and feet begin to separate into fingers and toes, and there are beginnings of tiny fingernails.
- His bones are starting to harden to take shape.
- He has started developing buds for teeth.
- Your male baby has started producing testosterone.
- That annoying nauseating feeling just won’t seem to budge.
- It feels like you have so much air in you, and all that gassiness is coming out in loud (embarrassing) burps and farts, too.
- To beat nausea, try different food to see what works in providing relief. Some mums go for salted crackers or even ginger tea to help them get through the day and night. Otherwise, seek your gynaecologist’s advice for Vitamin B6 and/or B12, which many mums claim helps alleviate nausea. Find out what other mums are eating at Week 10 here.
- Keeping away from raw food--sashimi, uncooked vegetables and meats, and egg--is a wise choice. You definitely wouldn’t want to risk having food poisoning at this point as having the runs would lead to uterus contractions and dehydration.
- If you notice any spotting or unusual foul discharge, do seek advice from your gynaecologist. During the early weeks of pregnancy, the fetus may not be stable and thus the first trimester is also the most vulnerable period.
- Avoid carrying heavy things now. So if you have things to move or carry around, get help instead of taking on an additional risk during pregnancy.
- Load up on healthy food such as spinach (folate), fruits (vitamins and fibre), and milk (calcium) to keep your body in tip-top condition.
- Go for short, slow walks to keep good blood circulation. Besides, the fresh air can do wonders to improve your mood. Go to the beach or a quiet park to enjoy some serenity for a calm mind.
- Look into prenatal massage packages now so you can get the pampering you deserve during your second trimester. Note that most companies will offer massage services between 13 weeks (beginning of second trimester) and 32 weeks (before the ninth month starts).
Load up on healthy foods such as spinach, fruits and milk to keep your body in tip-top condition. Avoid junk food and oily greasy ones as it may aggravate morning sickness and nausea even more!
Check up with your gynae if you're experiencing excessive bleeding. However, bleeding can be perfectly normal as spotting occurs when the body tries to adjust itself to the new and changed levels of hormonal secretion.
Seek your gynaecologist’s advice for Vitamin B6 and/or B12 supplements – which many mums claim helps alleviate nausea. Take note the nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy.