Pregnancy Week 10: What to Expect
At 10 weeks pregnant, your baby will have grown rapidly from week 9 and that little peanut will have become about the size of a small lime (around an inch long)! He or she will also have longer arms and legs and begin to look and move more and more like a baby. The arms and legs can even bend at the elbows and knees!
During pregnancy week 10, Baby’s bone development also accelerates and all of that soft cartilage is becoming more solid, which makes it an essential week for pregnancy nutrition.
Common Symptoms when You’re 10 Weeks Pregnant
You may find yourself getting progressively more tired as your body, heart, and hormones work hard to grow your beautiful baby. This can also result in unexpected moodiness or irritability. Don’t worry – what you’re going through is normal – take a deep breath, try to be kind to those around you and carry on. Find out more about why you may be emotional during pregnancy here.
A note to expectant fathers: saying to a pregnant lady, “Don’t worry, Hun, you’re just moody because of the pregnancy hormones” is never a good idea!
The primary symptoms of pregnancy you have been experiencing since around week 5 will still be with you – some tenderness of the breasts, vaginal discharge, and tiredness are very common early symptoms of pregnancy which will continue throughout the first trimester.
There is some great news on the horizon: nausea should start to ease between now and week 12 (thank goodness!). Additionally, your hair and nails will grow faster than they ever have before and your skin and hair should have a healthy glow.
Pregnancy Week 10 To Do List
Pregnancy and exercise need to go hand in hand from week 10 – even though it gets harder and harder to find the energy to put those trainers on! Exercise in pregnancy helps to elevate your heart rate and keep that essential blood pumping to all the right places. Aim for at least a 20-minute walk each day – you’ll find the fresh air will do wonders for your mood!
Likewise, your pregnancy diet is a really important factor at this stage. Try and up your intake of foods that are high in calcium; such as broccoli, sardines, and cheeses. Both your body and your baby need it as bone development accelerates.
Useful Links and Pregnancy Articles:
As you become more tired, the temptation to put off exercising or to give in to sugary food cravings can become stronger. But, the key to increased energy and a healthy pregnancy is actually to keep up with your pregnancy exercise and nutrition routine. We give some friendly and practical guidance to help keep you on track.
As well as physical fitness during pregnancy, a calm and positive mindset is proven to be beneficial to both mother and baby. In this article we explore how pregnancy yoga, meditation, and music can enhance your pregnancy.
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