My baby at 10 weeks - Strawberry-sized
Currently the size of a strawberry, the rate of change for your baby continues to accelerate - in the next three weeks their body length will almost double. Bones, joints and cartilage are forming and so are all the small details like fingernails and hair. Baby’s even swallowing and your little football star in the making is starting to kick.
If the fetus is a boy, testosterone production is starting in the testes. In addition to their beating heart and basic brain, human facial features are also forming. When 10 weeks pregnant, you can discuss chromosomal tests with your LMC. A cell-free fetal DNA test (non-invasive prenatal test otherwise known as NIPT) screens mum’s blood for signs of risk for Edward Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Patau syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities. CVS and amniocentesis are also available, and are often performed if there’s a higher risk due to family risk factors. Research your family’s medical history and report back to your LMC of any abnormalities.
10 weeks pregnancy symptoms - What’s my body up to?
As your stomach muscles and ligaments stretch inside your belly, you may experience aches or pulling sensations. These are symptoms of round ligament pain which usually subside with some rest – the perfect opportunity to put your feet up!
At 10 weeks pregnant, your body won’t just feel like it’s growing something, it will start to look the part too. Get out those stretchy elastic-waist trousers or skirt as your baby bump makes its big debut. If you’re discovering streaky blue veins don’t be alarmed – they’re carrying all that additional blood to baby. This increased blood flow also extends to your vagina and can result in a clear, odourless discharge called leukorrhea. While you might be a little surprised, don’t be alarmed as it’s just your body disposing bacteria.
Considering you can’t control the discharge, keeping Libra panty liners on hand (as opposed to tampons during pregnancy, which can cause complications) will help tidying up. If there’s blood or a strange odor however, talk to your LMC.
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