7th Week of Pregnancy : Signs, Symptoms, Tests, Ultrasound, Body Changes and Baby Development

7th Week Of Pregnancy

Baby development: How is your baby growing in 7th Week Of pregnancy?

Your baby starts a growth spurt, which sees a rapid expansion and development of all the vital organs, features and limbs. The brain divides into different sections. Two separate tubes grow in the throat, forming the esophagus (gullet) and trachea (windpipe).

Buds appear, which will become your baby’s teeth, and the palate and eyelids start to form. Eyes and ears undergo significant change, with the lenses of the eyes appearing. Fingers and toes begin to sprout, and they are initially webbed. Bends form in your baby’s arms and legs, as elbows and knees start to appear.

Did you know…

“Your baby’s skin is as thin as tissue paper and transparent enough to see the developing veins beneath”

Body changes and symptoms during 7th week of pregnancy

You may be experiencing spells of overwhelming tiredness as your body works to create and sustain the new life inside you, while adapting to significant metabolic changes. Pregnancy hormones, progesterone in particular, have a slackening effect on muscles and ligaments, and you may find your digestive system becomes sluggish, causing heartburn, indigestion, constipation or a feeling of bloatedness and even gas!

What’s normal, what’s not?

Exhaustion is normal. Don’t fight it. It’s your body telling you it needs a rest, so put your feet up when you can. Make sure your diet is energy-rich, with plenty of iron, protein and carbohydrates. But if it continues beyond the first trimester it could signify an iron deficiency and you may need to take supplements.

Your to-do list and care during 7th Week of pregnancy:

Check out your rights and conditions at work. You don’t have to tell your boss that you’re pregnant until you’re ready, but you may want to discuss it if your work might put you or your baby at risk, for example if your job involves heavy lifting or working with hazardous materials. And if you’re coping with pregnancy ailments, such as tiredness and sickness, it may help to discuss it with your employer. Ask your boss the company’s maternity leave policy. Surprising as it may be, no one is automatically entitled to maternity leave.

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