At 7 weeks pregnant, the embryo is 10,000 times bigger1 than when it first reached your uterus! Your child is approximately a 1/4 of an inch in length now, about the size of a blueberry or coffee bean. The umbilical cord starts to form as a literal lifeline to the foetus, carrying oxygenated blood and nutrients to your unborn child. Tiny arms and legs start as buds from the torso, and facial features2 like eyes, teeth, nose and even nostrils become more apparent. Kidneys, pancreas and other essential organ cells also start to take shape. At this point, the neural tube closes, and the brain develops into three distinct parts. Your child's heart rate pulses with life at 90-110 heartbeats a minute3.
If your gynaecologist ordered prenatal tests during a previous visit, these tests may involve returning to the office for results to track your prenatal development. Throughout your pregnancy, your hormone production fluctuates significantly, which contributes to the pregnancy symptoms you may experience.
At week 5, your child is going through the growth process quickly.This is hard work, and your body is responding accordingly. Most women realise they are expecting at about the 5th week, as it is the first week after you missed your period. At 5 weeks pregnant, the level of the hormone hCG in your urine is high enough to be detected by a home pregnancy test.
You would have experienced symptoms such as developing all sorts of cravings and aversions, fatigue, nausea, bloating, frequent urination, cramping and even vaginal bleeding. If you are now at this stage of pregnancy, learn more in our week 5 of pregnancy article about what you can do to ease the process.
At 6 weeks, you have reached your second month of pregnancy. At this point, you get to schedule your first ultrasound to assess your child’s growth progress. There are very few observable physical changes at your 6th week.
You will, however, experience symptoms such as these — morning sickness, heightened sense of smell, fatigue, breast tenderness, cravings, frequent urination, spotting, mood swings and gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, heartburn, and indigestion. If you are now at this stage of pregnancy, learn more in our week 6 of pregnancy article about what you can do to ease the process.
Even if you are not sharing the news of your pregnancy just yet, your child is certainly reminding you through these pregnancy signs in your everyday life. Your child bump will also become more obvious in the weeks to come. So what are the symptoms of 7 weeks pregnant?
What to do in 7 weeks pregnant to ease your pregnancy journey?
Morning sickness can leave you feeling horrid. As your uterus grows, it can push on the stomach, forcing some of the acid back into the oesophagus. This may make you throw up, and you may worry whether your child is getting enough nutrients. These fears are common, but your child is probably doing fine. Eliminating morning sickness may be impossible, but you can take ginger products (sucking on ginger candy, chewing ginger gum, drinking ginger tea, etc.) to calm your tummy and help fight nausea10.
You can begin a simple workout at 7 weeks pregnant. However, do not exercise on your back after the first trimester, or use jerky or twisting motions that may result in injury. Soon you'll have less oxygen available for exercise, so be sure to stop when you become tired. Regular exercises will also help with mood management, lower uric acid levels11, build muscle strength, increase energy level and sleep quality, among many other medical benefits. Your lifestyle might become increasingly sedentary over the next months, and regular exercises are a great way to stay healthy and active.
Due to pregnancy hormones, your face might have excessive oiliness or dryness, or both at the same time. If that pregnancy glow that you read about hasn't kicked in and you're affected by hormone-fuelled acne, you may want to try a facial. Most facials are okay, as long as you let your beautician know that you're expecting so that she can skip treatments such as peels, which might irritate your skin. While you're at it, why not pamper your hands and feet with a manicure and pedicure treatment?
It's natural for most women to be stressed in pregnancy, but that doesn't mean you should take your own emotional well-being for granted. Long-term stress can increase the concentration of stress hormones in the amniotic fluid12 and affect your unborn child, so be sure to make time for yourself and regulate your blood pressure. Schedule specific times to engage in relaxing activities such as breathing exercises, calming your nerves with midday tea, or a walk in the park for some fresh air in your lungs. Reduce visual stimuli near bedtime for a more restful sleep.
Taking a shower every day can help alleviate the mucky feeling. Use thin panty liners and change your underwear frequently so you stay feeling fresh.
During your first trimester, your child is still tiny. Therefore, you do not need to gain more than 2 to 4 pounds. That said, prenatal development differs from mum to mum. If you're suffering from morning sickness, you might not gain weight at all. In fact, you might even lose a little weight. That's also fine, as long as your appetite picks up, and you'll make up for it in the next trimester.
At this point of your pregnancy, your child has progressed in their growth. The foetus grows at a rate of about one millimetre a day. You may notice growth spurts occuring in their arms and legs, back and other parts of their body during your ultrasound sessions. They would have webbed hands and feet. You may start noticing an upper lip forming, the protruding tip of a nose, and very thin eyelids. Teeth are also growing under the gums, and their heart will be beating about 150 to 170 times per minute.
As for the mother, you would start to notice some subtle bodily changes such as weight gain and skin changes. You’ll also develop other symptoms such as increased vaginal discharge, headaches, constipation and varicose veins.
If you wish to learn more regarding these changes as well as how you can smoothen the process and handle them better, do read our Week 8 of pregnancy article. It is sure to have a few tips on easing your pregnancy journey.
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Vitamin B12 – Needed for red blood cell production and the healthy functioning of the nervous system.
Folic Acid – Folic acid is essential for growth and division of cells. Folate plays a role in the formation of red blood cells. Folate helps to maintain the growth and development of the foetus.
Iodine – Essential for the formation of thyroid hormones, which supports brain development.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus.
Calcium – Helps in the normal growth and development of bones and teeth.[NN(S3]
Low glycemic index – The glycaemic index (GI) is a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates. It shows how quickly food affects your blood sugar (glucose) level when eaten on its own. The low glycemic index (GI) could help the mother avoid being overweight during pregnancy
We hope the information and the suggestions in this article have helped you learn more about your pregnancy, what are the symptoms and what to do in 7 weeks of pregnancy. If you have any doubts, be sure to consult with a medical expert.