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Your pregnancy - week 10

Your pregnancy - week 10


What is happening now?

At 10 weeks of pregnancy, it is now 56 days since your baby was conceived and you are now starting week 11.
 
Your baby measures around 3.5 cm (1.4 inches) from crown to rump and weighs about 5 grams (0.18 of an ounce). By the end of this week all your baby's major organs will be in place!

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Your baby's legs are now longer than their arms and large muscles have developed, forming thick bands of padding between their skin and underlying bones. Your baby's brain and nervous system are maturing and their muscles and nerves now work together to facilitate their first movements. Your baby has primitive reflexes and can respond to touch if stroked on the palm of their hands or the soles of their feet. Initially your baby's movements are small, jerky and uncoordinated and far too small for you to feel them just yet.
 
Your baby can open their jaw and stretch. Their body is now straighter and small ribs can be seen through their chest. Their digestive system is developing rapidly, and their anus is now fully developed.
 
Did you know? The earliest recording of electrical brain activity in an unborn baby is at 7 weeks, although the impulses are scant and disorganised. By 11 weeks, your baby's brain waves are increasingly regular, corresponding with the timing of their first real movements.
 

Physical changes

Wind and constipation

"Whoops, excuse me!" Pregnant women often notice their bowel producing more gas through passing wind more frequently, sometimes associated with wind pain. Peppermint tea or peppermint water can help.
 
You may also suffer with constipation (difficulty passing motions), because the hormone progesterone slows the movement (or motility) of the gut, combined with pressure from the growing baby, especially during the final weeks of pregnancy. You can read more about wind and constipation and some support strategies that may help here.
 
With so many changes taking place in your body you'll have many questions to ask your caregiver. Take a notepad with you so you can jot them down wherever you go, rather than relying on your memory when you're in your appointment. You can also ask our midwife Melissa a question here.
 

Emotional reactions

Some women begin feeling more accepting of their pregnancy if they weren't previously. For others the reality of having a baby is now truly setting in. You may be finding it difficult not to tell others, if you have not officially announced the pregnancy yet. Read more about announcing your pregnancy here. For some cute pregnancy announcement ideas, head to our Pinterest page here.
 

Workplace

If working, you may need to look into your maternity leave entitlements. Partners may also want to consider paternity leave. Bear in mind that laws and entitlements vary between organisations, states and different countries. You can find out more about work place considerations here.
 

Occupational and environmental hazards

Pregnant women often express concerns about how their surrounding environment could affect their pregnancy and unborn child. Issues may relate to toxins, radiation, chemicals, infectious diseases, pesticides, electronic equipment and air pollution in either their work environment, or in their homes and neighbourhood. You can read more about these here.
 
 

Other considerations

Coughs, colds and sinus

Dealing with colds and flu during pregnancy is usually just a matter of resting, drinking fluids and putting up with your symptoms until your body recovers. However, sometimes you may need to take something if you have a fever or sinus. You can read more about dealing with colds, flu and sinus here.
 

Lice and nits

For women with older children in preschool or at school, nits and lice tend to be something that is unavoidable at some point. The concern is that most outbreaks of nits and lice can be passed on to other family members very quickly. Some women try non-chemical control measures as safer alternatives to chemical solutions, particularly during pregnancy and/or while breastfeeding. You can read more about this here.
 

Intestinal worms

Intestinal worms are not as common in industrialised countries as they are in developing countries, but they can be experienced by pregnant women, particularly if they have other children in childcare or at school. For information on worms and how to treat them click here.
 

Natural therapies

Aromatherapy

Essential oils have been used by pregnant women for many years, probably more liberally and indiscriminately than was actually safe. In recent years, the use of aromatherapy has become more cautious during pregnancy as their potent effects have become more recognised. You can read more about aromatherapy use during pregnancy here.
 

Autogenic training and biofeedback

Autogenic training is a form of relaxation therapy that was developed in Germany in the late 1800's. The trainer usually teaches 6 exercises to help relax the nerves and muscles, increase circulation and regulate the heart rate, using conscious breathing and creating warmth in the abdomen and coolness in the forehead. The aim of this technique is to reach a state of near hypnosis and deep relaxation to allow the body to deal with stress, tension, migraines, concerns and trauma. You can read more here.

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