At 10 weeks
These first few weeks of pregnancy are such an exciting time. And before you know it, that rollercoaster first trimester’s over. My special set of blogs will guide you and your partner through every stage to come.
Before your 12th week do take advantage of free dental care, not because your baby takes calcium from your teeth – that’s a myth – but your gums soften and may form pockets.
How are you feeling?
As the first trimester (weeks 1-12) comes to an end you’ll really begin to get into the swing. The best news is that after week 12 the risk of miscarriage is much, much smaller. Morning sickness tends to settle down after week 11, though you’re probably still feeling tired. Try not to let yourself get too hungry and rest up when you can. You’ll feel less emotional as your hormones steady themselves, you get used to those very high levels. There’s no proper bump yet but you’ll feel your shape is starting to change. Your breasts may be swelling and feeling a bit sore, tender, tingly. Don’t worry about increased vaginal discharge: so long as it’s clear and doesn’t smell bad, it’s quite normal.
Most people wait until after their first scan – more in a moment – before they tell the world their news. Finally you and your partner can really talk to friends and relatives, which’ll be a real relief!
She’ll be bonding with her unborn baby already and you can too. Babies can hear sounds outside the womb by 5-6 months. If you talk to your baby he or she will bond to your voice while still in the womb.
In fact your baby can hear your low pitched voice more clearly than your partners. Don’t feel awkward – think about the life you’ve created and love it.
Your baby is making sure an astonishing amount is going on behind the scenes! By just 10 weeks old your baby’s face starts to appear. Already his eyes have traces of pigment and there’s the first signs of the nose, lips and ears. Arms, legs, fingers and toes are growing and by 12 weeks he’ll even try to wriggle away if mum’s tummy is poked gently.
And your baby’s vital statistics
By week 11 the embryo can be officially called a foetus. He measures about 3 centimetres crown-to-rump (top of head to bum), with his head making up nearly a third of that length, and weighs in at about 3 grams. Growing fast, by week 12 he’ll have put on another 15 grams and will be about 6 cm long.
The 12-week scan and other antenatal checks
You’ll have regular antenatal checks to make sure you and your baby are doing well. Your doctor or midwife will tell you what to expect and when.
The 12-week scan
At around 12 weeks – don’t worry if it’s a bit sooner or later – you’ll have an ultrasound scan. It takes about 15 minutes and doesn’t hurt a bit. The only discomfort might be the cold gel they put on your tummy. Try not to have a wee before the scan as a full bladder gives a clearer picture. Be sure your partner goes with you so you get your glimpse of your baby together – or take a close relative or girlfriend.
The image might look a bit strange, but the ultrasonographer will explain what you’re seeing. She’s checking:
- baby’s position
- baby’s heart and heartbeat
- baby’s growth rate
- for certain foetal abnormalities such as spina bifida
- position of the placenta
…and you’ll even get to take a snapshot home as a souvenir!
Take care and see you next time
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