Pregnancy Week 10 / First Trimester

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Week 10

What happens to you?

You are still tired and probably nauseated.  Your abdomen may begin to pooch out, but it will be more from bowel distension than from an enlarged uterus.  Your waistline is slowly disappearing.

You may be urinating more frequently.  Your uterus hasn't gotten big enough to press on your bladder yet, but you may find yourself going to the bathroom much more often.  This is just another symptom of the increased hormones in your body and can be one of the first symptoms you notice.  Frequent urination will last through your whole pregnancy, with a marked increase during your last month or two when the baby will probably be pressing on your bladder most of the time.  If you should have any burning or pain during urination, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.  You could have a bladder infection and will need to take a prescription medication to clear it up.

What happens to the baby?

The baby is now called a fetus.  The average length is approximately 27-35 mm or 1.06-1.38 inches, and the weight is four grams, or about the weight of four paper clips.  Tiny toes have formed now.  The eyes are largely open, but soon the eyelids will fuse and stay that way until 25-27 weeks.  External genitals are beginning to differentiate.  External ears and the upper lip are completely formed.

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