10 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly Size & More 

10 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms, Belly Size & More 

23 Sep 2022 | 6 min Read

Nidhi Pandey

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Hello, expecting mumma! Now that you are 10 weeks pregnant, you are probably wondering when you will actually look pregnant! Well, you can finally stop worrying about that as it will surely happen soon! And it will get even better! The term “baby” now denotes a foetus rather than an embryo. This indicates that your foetus is maturing into a baby at 10 weeks and you are getting closer to finishing the first trimester and putting the unpleasant symptoms like morning sickness and nausea behind you. So, let’s get to know about what are the symptoms that denote 10 weeks pregnant and how your baby looks during 10 weeks. Keep on reading to find out. 

Baby’s Development At 10 Weeks

At 10 weeks of pregnancy, the baby is no longer considered an embryo but a foetus! Major organs like the brain, heart, and lungs, as well as the arms and legs, are formed during this stage. Baby’s arm and joints start functioning during 10 weeks, and cartilage and bones continue to develop. Hair and fingernails also begin to grow. The nose and lips are completely formed and the little one can exhibit a wide range of facial expressions. This means that your baby can now smile, frown, grimace and even cry! Awe!! S/he will continue to swallow amniotic fluid and will be able to move their arms and legs with vigour.

The baby looks completely formed by this week and the tiny details start filling in. If you could look closely, you would see fine hair on their body and nails forming on the fingers and toes. The baby’s brain continues to grow at an amazing rate with a quarter of a million neurons growing every minute!

How Big Is A Baby During 10 Weeks Pregnancy?

Your baby’s size is comparable to a strawberry during 10 weeks of pregnancy. Your baby will be around 1.2 inches long and weigh about .14 ounces. In the following three weeks, the body length of your 10 weeks foetus will nearly double. Wow!

10 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms

Unsure of what to expect at 10 weeks pregnant? Your breasts expand, muscles start to stretch inside your belly and some other drastic changes take place. The following are some of the most common signs and pregnancy symptoms at 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

  • Round Ligament Pain: It’s normal to experience some aches and pains in your belly as it expands to accommodate your developing baby.
  • Growing Breasts: By 10 weeks of pregnancy, your breasts will get bigger and you may feel a little pain as it begins to prepare for breastfeeding.
  • Morning Sickness: At 10 weeks of pregnancy or your pregnancy month 3, nausea and vomiting are very common, but they don’t always occur in the morning. The good news is that they will cease as soon as you enter your second trimester.
  • Mood Swings & Fatigue: You may feel a roller coaster of emotions due to changes in your hormone levels during the 10 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Veins Visibility: Those blue streaks serve as a crucial reminder that your body is producing extra blood to support your developing kid. Due to the increased blood in your veins, you might also start noticing spider veins.
  • Increased Vaginal Discharge: The amount of  clear, odourless discharge known as leukorrhea might  rise as a result of increased oestrogen production and blood flow to your vagina. This substance is simply nature’s method of removing microorganisms.

How Would You Feel At 10 Weeks Of Pregnancy

You might be wondering what symptoms you will feel at 10 weeks of pregnancy. The reply is “tired and nauseous.” Your pregnancy is now two and a half months along, and you most likely have symptoms like feeling worn out, achy, and generally moody. These changes in your body may sometimes delight you, and other times they could annoy you as well. But be assured, these symptoms are completely normal during this time.

10 Weeks Pregnant Belly Pictures 

10 weeks pregnant
Image credit: Babycenter.com
10 weeks pregnant
image credit: Tyrantfarms.com
10 weeks pregnant
Image credit: Babycenter.com

10 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound: Do You Need It?

The ultrasound is often performed between 6 and 10 weeks of pregnancy to help determine your baby’s arrival. Additionally, it can clarify how many children you are carrying and ensure that your unborn child is healthy and also detects pregnancy complications like ectopic pregnancy (where the foetus grows outside the uterus). 

Self Care Tips For 10 Weeks Pregnancy

Here are some tips for leading the healthiest life possible during your 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

  • Eat granola bars to keep your morning sickness at bay.
  • Eat meals which are high in vitamins. Also, make a routine to take folic acid, DHA, iron, calcium,  potassium, and vitamins D, C, and A supplements in your diet to keep your bones and muscles strong.
  • While the protein in eggs and nuts pack a nutritious punch and help keep you in good and healthy form, snacks that are high in potassium, such as mangoes or bananas, can ease nausea.

10 Weeks Pregnancy Checklist

Here is the checklist you need to follow during your 10 weeks pregnancy.

  • Plan your CVS test for your 10 weeks pregnant scan, if you decide to have one.
  • Schedule your screening for nuchal translucency.
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of exercising.

FAQs

What does my baby do at 10 weeks of pregnancy?

Your baby at 10 weeks of pregnancy experiences a rapid growth spurt. The head is grown and the eyes can respond to light. The mouth now has a delicate upper lip, the nose has two tiny nostrils, and the ears are beginning to form.

How does your stomach feel at 10 weeks pregnant?

During your 10 weeks pregnancy, modest stomach cramps are typical (they often feel less severe than period cramps). Your uterus is starting to stretch as it expands exponentially.

Can you feel a baby bump at 10 weeks?

Around 12 weeks of pregnancy, your unborn child will start to move, but you probably won’t feel it during your 10 weeks of pregnancy. 

How do I know if my pregnancy is going well?

The rate of pregnancy hormone (bhCG), which should increase by at least 53% every 48 hours, is the most accurate indicator of a healthy pregnancy. 

What pains are normal at 10 weeks pregnant?

Around 10 weeks of pregnancy, you may have moderate stomach cramps, which are often less painful than menstrual cramps. These cramps are frequently described as a little tugging sensation in the abdomen. Your uterus is starting to stretch as a result of its exponential growth.

Takeaway

Your first trimester is almost over. Changes are happening quickly for you and your unborn child at this stage of your pregnancy. Try to embrace each moment as you adapt in preparation of what lies ahead. As time passes so fast, enjoy each moment and cherish this phase of life.

Also read:

Ovulation calculator: Learn about the benefits of using an ovulation calculator for planning your pregnancy.

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