7 Weeks Pregnant

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At week 7 of pregnancy, the changes that occur very much builds upon your previous weeks – both you and your baby are changing. It might not look like much from the outside, but from within your body is adapting to accommodate your baby for the many months ahead. Before long, a little bump will appear, and once that happens the bigger the bump grows, the closer you are to meeting your new-born baby.

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Your body, meanwhile, is starting to change to accommodate this. During pregnancy week 7, your uterus had doubled in size: this might cause some issues that will be explained later. In terms of anything you can see, your breasts might have grown in size and have become tender. This is because changes are going on inside your breasts to prepare to feed the oncoming baby. Apart from this, there is still nothing quite obvious that your body is changing. However, what has been going on internally will affect your everyday life.

The growing uterus has put pressure on your bladder and abdomen, causing cramps and an increased need to go to the bathroom. Furthermore, there is an increase in blood volume and other fluids being processed through your kidneys – further increasing the need to pee. In fact, by the end of your pregnancy, you will have up to 40-45% more blood running through you to accommodate for your baby’s demands. You will also feel increasingly nauseous; however, this will be over by around 14 weeks (so you just have to hold on until then!). Although it will be hard, it is incredibly important that you keep a healthy diet as both you and your baby need nutrients to survive. There will be some suffering to be had, but it is incomparable to what you will receive in return.

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Your baby has now grown 10,000 times in size in around a month – something that is simply staggering. Your baby is starting to develop arms, legs, hands, and feet (albeit they would look like paddles at this point). She still has an extension of its tailbone – a ‘tail’ which we inherited from our ancestors – but it will disappear within a few weeks.

Eat several small meals a day rather than a few big ones, and try to resist any cravings that come with hormonal changes.

At 7 weeks pregnant, she has doubled in size since the previous week and is now around half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry. Inside your child, all the major organs are developing; her liver is producing blood (until her bone marrow forms), and growing intestines are now expanding into the area of the umbilical cord, which now has blood vessels to help carry oxygen and nutrients to and fro her body.

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Baby Size and Weight

This week, your baby measures around 5/8  inches (1.6 cm) long and weighs about 1 gram. Fancy comparing it with fruit? It’s about the size of a blueberry.

7 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Remedies

Once again, nausea (coupled with morning sickness), dizziness, fatigue, and extra urination are all the pregnancy discomforts that you will (once again) experience at pregnancy week 7. It is of utmost importance to maintain a healthy diet to accommodate these changes. Eat several small meals a day rather than a few big ones, and try to resist any cravings that come with hormonal changes.

Exercise, when you can as it is important to have a healthy lifestyle to have a healthy baby; however, somewhat conversely, rest is also important – at the end of the day, stress is something that is very detrimental to your pregnancy.

  • Eat several small meals.
  • Don’t eat spicy and fatty food.
  • Get plenty of rest, and nap during the day.
  • Consult your doctor for supplements to deal the morning sickness.
  • Smell ginger or lemon, or you can also eat watermelon to reduce/control nausea.
  • Drink lemonade
  • Exercise

Tips and To Do’s

Visiting your doctor

At week 7 – if you haven’t visited your doctor yet, it is very important to do so, as having expert care during your pregnancy is vital for both you and your child.

Issue of Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that develops outside of the uterus, regularly in one of the fallopian tubes. It is an undermining crisis for the mother. Consult a specialist promptly in case you’re pregnant and encounter any of the accompanying indications:

  • Excessive vaginal bleeding
  • Blacking out or feeling faint or all of a sudden light-headedness
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Rectal pressure
  • Shoulder pain
  • Serious, sharp, sudden pelvic pain

No alcohol or smoking

Most importantly, one must remember two things: no alcohol and no smoking. Both can have detrimental effects on your baby’s health when she is born, and this is something you simply cannot risk.

Issue of miscarriage

A miscarriage could happen within the initial twelve weeks of pregnancy. There is no specific reason for why miscarriages happen – it could simply be very horrible, bad luck. However, it could be related to genes, cervix/uterus issues, or hormone issues. Any bleeding or severe cramping should thus be reported to a specialist immediately. Despite miscarriages being naturally traumatic, it is quite common and most women have a second, successful pregnancy afterward. Please, do not be disheartened if this happens to you! Visit your doctor if any of these notice signs happen:

  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Secretion of tissue through your vagina
  • Spout of pink vaginal liquid
  • Stomach or pelvic cramps
  • Tipsiness, dizziness, or faintness

Stay cool and calm during early weeks of pregnancy

At pregnancy week 7, the changes within you simply build upon the previous weeks: you will suffer some nausea and experience and an ever-increasing need to go to the bathroom. However, what is happening inside, with your baby, is truly exciting – it is ever so slowly starting to resemble what you will see by the end of the pregnancy.

These early weeks are a time for patience – it might be frustrating sometimes as your hormones increasingly fluctuate, you diet needs to become even stricter, and your body seems to be even more uncontrollable. What will eventually come will make all these current hardships seem like a distant memory.

Feel free to share you experience in the comment section below. Have a wonderful day!

Last reviewed on: January 06, 2017

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