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Pregnancy: Week 7
Being pregnant is exciting, even before you see the evidence in the size of your tummy. At seven weeks pregnant, you are probably still getting used to the idea of carrying life, but your body and your baby are already doing amazing things.
What’s going on with mom
You may be experiencing pain that you thought you would be without during pregnancy. Cramping is normal during this time. Your body is adapting to carrying another life inside of you, so you can expect some discomfort. You might also see some spotting due to a sensitive cervix. Unless it is a large amount, like more than your regular period, you probably have nothing to worry about.
Morning sickness is most likely going full force at this time. With the increase of hormones and all of the changes going on in a woman’s body, it is no wonder that nausea is a constant companion.
If you are like most moms-to-be, you probably have a million questions running through your mind. And, like most other moms, those questions disappear the moment you walk into the doctor’s office. Do yourself and your sanity a favor — make a list of those questions as they pop up to take with you to your OB appointment.
Other pregnancy symptoms
Most pregnant women have cravings during pregnancy. Many times when this happens, your body needs something that is in that food. For instance, if you are craving a giant hamburger, it may mean that your body needs protein. Sometimes, it is just the hormones making you crave things.
Thanks to an expanding uterus, you probably have to pee more in a day than you usually have to in a month — or at least it feels that way. And your skin may start to resemble that of a teenager, thanks to hormone-induced acne. With all of this going on, it’s no wonder that moms-to-be around the world tend to be moody.
What’s going on with baby
At this time, your baby is about 1/2 inch. It’s a tiny little thing, but it is still doing big things. Brain cells are developing at a rate of about 100 per minute, and its heart is getting stronger. Your baby is also forming its kidneys, as well as its leg and arm joints.
Seven weeks pregnant tips
While every pregnancy and every mom are different, there are a few things that can ease your 7-week pregnant symptoms.
- Avoid spicy foods to prevent heartburn
- Eat crackers and other salty foods to help nausea
- Try eating a few crackers before getting out of bed
- Rest as much as you need
- Take your vitamins
- Eat small meals often
- Ginger, lemonade, and watermelon may help ease the nausea
Prepare for your OB appointment
Your first appointment will probably be set for between weeks 8 and 10 of your pregnancy. There is usually not a seven weeks pregnant ultrasound, either. However, if there are any medical concerns, your OB may change all of this.
During your first appointment, you will give blood, urine, and cervical samples. These are to make sure both mom and baby are doing okay. Your doctor will also usually confirm or adjust your due date.
If you are like most moms-to-be, you probably have a million questions running through your mind. And, like most other moms, those questions disappear the moment you walk into the doctor’s office. Do yourself and your sanity a favor: make a list of those questions as they pop up to take with you to your OB appointment.
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