In the 7th week of pregnancy, the embryo has already 1 centimeter, about the size of a blackberry! There are already seen some dark points on the head, which soon will become the eyes and nostrils. The baby begins to take a more familiar form and small dots can be distinguished, which will turn into his limbs.
It also starts the formation of hair and eyelids. The embryo floats in the protective amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord is still growing, feeding him. Vital organs are mostly formed. Now the baby begins to have some weak movements – but you still cannot feel this joy.
… and the future mother:
In the 7th week of pregnancy, some symptoms of pregnancy are intensified, such as fatigue and nausea and vomiting. You can deal with back pain, headaches and abdominal cramps (constipation included).
Your breasts and nipples become more sensitive or even change their color and size. But most importantly, now there is a noticeable, relative weight gain – at the end of the first quarter, it would be normal to have gained 1-2 kilograms from the 11 to 17 kg at the end, if you had a normal weight before. You still cannot boast with a round belly, but it is becoming increasingly apparent. But sometimes nausea and vomiting may cause weight loss: if it is not great and you do not feel too bad, you’re not in danger, nor is your baby.
What to do in when you are 7 weeks pregnant:
- Shopping! Relax and have fun while browsing stores in search of beautiful clothes for pregnant women: just because you’ll soon gain at least 11 kg, it does not mean you don’t have to be beautiful!
- Exercises. In addition to Kegel exercises, it is good to impose yourself a regular program of physical activity: walking, swimming, special gymnastics. But beware of any strenuous activity (such as lifting weights) and whenever you feel discomfort or dizziness, rest.
- Food. Do not forget to consume adequate fluids – water is the simplest solution. As for eating, it’s time to change your meal schedule and adopt frequent small meals (breakfast, snack at 11-12, noon at 13-14, snack at 16-17 , dinner). These small meals help you to control nausea and to provide you the necessary nutrients, but without gaining weight! No chips, excess sweets, fast food or spicy foods! Integrate more fruits and vegetables in your diet, as well as chicken, beef, pork meat (fish, but with caution – inform yourself about the kind of fish that is best suited for you).
- Nausea and weight loss. As mentioned in the previous lines, if you lose 1-3 kg, this is not necessarily dangerous for you and your baby. But if nausea prevents you from following your normal schedule, if you do not see any indication that weight loss is stopped, if you feel absolutely exhausted and nausea does not diminish with anything you try, consult your doctor.
In some severe cases of nausea and vomiting, you can suffer from dehydration and become underweight, which requires hospitalization. So be careful what your body is telling you and talk to the doctor (you can try, if other tips do not work, acupuncture and other remedies).
- Gain too much weight. Vice versa is not good, either. If you’re rapidly accumulating more than 2 kg, you should see your doctor because excessive accumulation increases the risk of premature birth or of an overweight baby. But it can be a sign that you have developed gestational diabetes – fairly common in pregnant women!