Pregnancy week by week



Week 10 of Pregnancy

You may notice that you gave gained a small amount of weight. Weight gain during pregnancy differs from one woman to another, but it is usually the first indication that your baby is growing well. In case you are not gaining weight yet, talk to your gynaecologist about your progress. You should continue with your healthy eating and your regular exercise routine, as both of these will have a positive effect on your developing baby.


Your body

As you approach the end of the first trimester, you may notice a slight bump, although some women don’t have one till four or five months. Your early pregnancy symptoms may begin to ease off. Morning sickness and fatigue may become less pronounced. If you have not experienced an improvement, the symptoms should begin to ease off soon.

Your blood volume almost doubles during pregnancy, and you will notice the veins in your stomach, legs and breasts start to become more visible. It is advised to sleep on the left side during pregnancy to relieve pressure on the large blood vessels that are carrying nutrients and oxygen to the baby.

Emotionally, you may feel quite moody and upset. You will have mixed emotions now ranging from sad and irritable to euphoric and ecstatic. The hormonal ups and downs result in the emotions getting affected. You are most likely fatigued from the changes going on in your body, and might need to nap more frequently during this time. Try to rest as much as possible, and allow yourself to take time to relax and calm your body and mind through yoga or meditation. Share your feelings with your close ones. You can join our due date club and share your feelings with other mums-to be.

Your baby

Up until now your baby was classified as an embryo, but by the end of this week, he will be a foetus. At this time the embryo-foetus is nearly 4 cm long. Your baby is entering another phase of rapid growth this week.

The major portion of lung development is yet to occur, but few major body structures are formed after this time. Development during the foetal period of gestation consists of growth and maturation of structures that were formed during the embryonic period.  Outwardly he is beginning to look like a real baby! The face in particular is beginning to take shape, resembling the features he will have when he is born. His head is roughly half the size of this body. His finger and toes are separating into distinctive shapes although they are still webbed. Internally, your baby’s liver, brain, intestines and kidney are now fully operational. At this point your baby’s brain is developing at astounding rates- nearly 250,000 neurons are forming every minute!

The end of the embryonic stage also marks a turning point for development dangers- your baby is now less susceptible to them now.  You can allow yourself to relax a little this week. Most physical malformations occur by the end of the tenth week and if this time has passed uneventfully, you can breathe a sigh of relief. The most critical part of your little one’s physical development is over. The foundation has been laid and all the foetus needs to do now is concentrate on growing.


It is time to schedule an appointment for your first trimester screening. This screening is done to rule out any out any chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome. It is done between 11-13 weeks of pregnancy. Our section on antenatal care can give you more information on the same.


1) When will my pregnancy begin to show?

In the first two months, your uterus is still inside your pelvic cavity. Therefore, your pregnancy is not visible to others. Towards the end of 12 weeks, the top of the uterus grows out of the pelvic cavity. In fact, you will be able to feel the outline just above your pubic bone. As a result, you baby bump will start getting noticeable to others, especially if this is not your first pregnancy. If you wish to wait some time more before breaking the news to your close ones; you may start wearing loose outfits. This may probably hide your pregnancy for couple more weeks.


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