At 10 weeks pregnant, you’re nearing the end of your first trimester. You’re probably growing accustomed to the idea of being pregnant. Here’s what to expect this week.
Changes in Your Body
You can still hide your pregnancy from the rest of the world, but not for much longer. Your belly is growing rounder as your uterus expands. You may gain a pound or two this week, although if morning sickness continues, you might not.
Your blood volume has increased so if you haven’t noticed the veins in your breasts and abdomen becoming more prominent, there’s a good chance you will this week.
At the end of week 10, your baby will officially graduate from an embryo to a fetus. Their webbed toes and fingers begin to separate and form individual digits. All vital organs are formed, and the placenta is functioning.
Your baby takes on a more human-like appearance, eyelids begin to close, and facial features become more distinct. They are able to swallow and tooth buds appear.
If you have a doctor’s visit this week, you may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. If an ultrasound is ordered, you should be able to see your baby’s heart beating, although you won’t be able to see if your baby is a boy or a girl for a few more weeks.
Twin Development at Week 10
If your morning sickness is disrupting your everyday life, ask your doctor about medications approved by the FDA, like Diclegis, which is doxylamine combined with pyridoxine. These drugs can help with nausea and vomiting. You can also try to avoid trigger foods, get plenty of rest, and eat small, frequent meals to stabilize your blood sugar.
Are you throwing up and sick all the time? Are you unable to keep down fluids and are you feeling dehydrated? You may have hyperemesis gravidarum. This severe form of morning sickness is more common in women who are carrying multiples.
Some fortunate women begin feeling relief from morning sickness this week. If you’re not one of them, take heart in the fact that nausea and vomiting improve for most women by the end of the first trimester.
Other first trimester symptoms will probably continue, such as fatigue, heartburn, constipation, gas, bloating, and food cravings and aversions.
Increased Vaginal Discharge
You may notice more vaginal discharge this week. This is caused by the increased estrogen levels of pregnancy. Pregnancy discharge should be milky and thin with a mild odor. You may want to wear a panty liner for comfort, but avoid tampons or douching.
While vaginal discharge is normal, there are some signs to watch out for, which could indicate an infection. If your discharge has any of the following characteristics, call your doctor:
- foul odor
- green or yellow in color
- occurs with redness or itching of the vulva
- mixed with blood
- associated with painful urination
As your round ligaments that surround your uterus stretch, it’s common to have abdominal pain. The pain may be sharp or dull, and it is benign. Try moving more slowly, and take your time standing up. This may help to reduce your incidence of pain.
Contact your doctor if your pain is moderate to severe or accompanied by vaginal bleeding, fever, chills, or burning urination.
Things to Do This Week for a Healthy Pregnancy
You’ve probably had your first prenatal appointment, so be sure to follow your doctor’s advice. Write down non-emergency questions as they arise to ask at your next appointment.
If your clothes are feeling snug, but you’re not ready to wear maternity clothes yet, invest in some elastic waistband pants and loose shirts. You may also want to purchase some new underwear and bras in a larger size.
If your morning sickness is subsiding, it’s time to get serious about eating a healthy diet that’s safe and nutritious for you and your developing baby. The March of Dimes recommends taking a prenatal vitamin every day.
You will probably not need to increase your daily calorie intake until the second trimester, but if you have any questions about how much you should be eating, speak with your healthcare provider.
If you have outdoor cats, stop cleaning their litter box. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, toxoplasmosis is a serious parasitic infection transmitted by cats.
Cats become infected by eating rodents, birds, and small animals, and pass the infection through their feces. Pregnant women may contract toxoplasmosis from cleaning the litter box and pass the infection onto their unborn child.
Infected infants may develop eye or brain problems, including blindness.
When to Call the Doctor
Call the doctor if you have:
- bleeding or cramping
- abnormal vaginal discharge or odor
- pain with urination
- severe abdominal pain
- severe nausea with vomiting
You should also speak with your doctor if you are severely depressed about being pregnant or overwhelmed at the thought of raising a child. Additionally, one in six women is abused during pregnancy, reports the March of Dimes. If you are being abused, contact your doctor for help or call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
You’re Almost There
You’re almost at the end of your first trimester, which is a time of relief for many women. At this point in your pregnancy, changes are fast and furious for you and your baby. As you adjust, try to embrace each one in anticipation of what’s ahead.