How big is my baby at seven weeks?
At this stage, your baby is now about 1cm in size and it is quite bigger than a little bean, having fun in your womb.
Baby at this stage is growing at a remarkable pace, its embryonic form is slowly beginning to change into an actual little person. You baby’s arm and leg buds, and a beating heart, are beginning to form gradually. Also, your baby will have a tiny tail – but do not worry, this will soon disappear!
At week 7, your baby has already amazingly gone through three sets of kidneys and will develop its final set this week, which will be ready for waste management. Part of what will form the amniotic fluid is your baby’s urine, which he will produce in the coming weeks.
You at seven weeks pregnant
At 7 weeks, you might just be starting to actually come to terms with being pregnant as the nausea will have reared its head at this stage and this might take its toll on you.
In these early weeks, make certain you try as much as possible to avoid people who are ill. Illnesses such as rubella and parvovirus (also known as slapped cheek disease) are usually contracted by coming in contact with children. You should try not to come in contact with animals such as ewes and lambs, as they carry within them infection which causes miscarriage. Also, cat litter trays (cat poo, basically) can cause toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.
What to think about in week seven
You now know you are pregnant, so know when your baby is due, as this helps you prepare for your little one’s arrival.
For your first appointment with your doctor, you should think about any questions you might want to ask them, or things you need to make them aware of.
At your first appointment, it is very possible that they ask for some family health history information, you should speak to family if you are uncertain about the answers to these sort of question.
Also, try as much as possible to stay active. You can enroll for swimming lessons, go walking or do some yoga. These exercises are perfect for you when pregnant. Asides, helping with your fitness levels, they also give you an energy boost. You can also ask your midwife or doctor for some exercises meant for pregnant women.
There may be changes in your pregnancy skin, you should not worry as this is very common. The reason for your skin changing is due to the varying levels of hormones in your body. Your body comes back to its normal level when your baby is born.
Also darkened nipples, moles and freckles are also normal occurrences in pregnancy. When you notice patches or pigmentation during pregnancy, it is caused by your body making extra melanin. Do not worry about this as your hormone level will go back to being normal when you are somewhat far along in the pregnancy or you finally give birth to your baby.