The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
During the 7th week of pregnancy, your little one's approximately a 1/4 of an inch in length now; about the size of a blueberry. While your little one may still be very small, many of the crucial organs are developing fast. Arms, legs, brain, lenses of the eyes, pancreas, mouth, tongue, kidneys and nostrils, are forming. Soon, your little one will take on a familiar shape.
In this week of pregnancy, there is not much going on medically. If your doctor ordered prenatal tests during a previous visit, these tests may be returning to the office for results. Throughout your pregnancy, you will experience variations in certain hormones, which contributes to the pregnancy symptoms you may experience.
Get ready to address pregnancy symptoms!
Even if you are not sharing the news of your pregnancy just yet, your little one’s certainly reminding you through these pregnancy symptoms.
• Swollen breasts: Some women have grown a full cup size at 7 weeks pregnant. They will be tender, tingly and achy. Fat is also building up in your breasts and blood flow to the area is increasing. Your nipples may be sticking out a little more than usual, but they're sensitive and tender, and may hurt to the touch. The areola, the dark area around the nipple, is now darker and larger. It will continue to grow and deepen in colour over the next few months.
• Food aversions: Pregnancy food aversions are very common. Your favourite food suddenly makes you feel nauseous. Do cater to your new tastes by keeping your meals bland and boring, and finding substitutes for foods you have an aversion to.
• Frequent urination: At seven weeks into your pregnancy, your uterus is twice as large as it was pre-pregnancy, and your body now carries around 10% more blood than it did prior to becoming pregnant. By the time you are ready to deliver, your uterus will be the size of a watermelon and your body will have about 45% more blood. The addition of blood flow and your growing uterus will cause you to urinate more frequently. However, don't cut back on your liquid intake as both your body, and your little one, need a steady intake of fluids.
• Fatigue: Your body is still manufacturing the placenta, and your little one’s life-support system. One way to fight fatigue is to eat smaller meals, but more often. Eating six smaller, and healthy meals, will keep your blood sugar on an even keel. That will help your energy level.
• Heartburn: This pregnancy symptom leaves you with a burning sensation from your tummy to your mouth after you eat. This is the pregnancy-induced indigestion and heartburn. Avoid triggers like spicy or fatty foods, and caffeinated drinks. You could also drink either before or after you eat as too much fluid with too much food will aggravate the heartburn.
Getting through week 7
• Ginger is a friend
Morning sickness can feel horrible and scary. You might worry whether your little one is getting enough nutrients or not. These fears are common, but your little one is probably doing fine. Eliminating morning sickness may be impossible, you can take ginger products to calm your tummy and help fight the nausea.
• Treat yourself to a facial
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, a facial might be just do the trick. 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.
• Start exercising
You can begin a simple workout. However, do not exercise on your back after the first trimester, or use jerky or twisting motions. Soon you'll have less oxygen available for exercise. Be sure so stop when you become tired.
During your first trimester, your little one is still tiny. Therefore, you do not need to gain more than two to four pounds. However, if you're suffering from morning sickness, you might not gain anything. In fact, you might even lose a little weight. That's also fine, as long as your appetite picks up, and you make up for it in the next trimester.