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  • Pregnancy Symptoms Week 10: Your Baby Bump Is Starting to Show!

    Just a few more weeks until you officially say goodbye to the first trimester of pregnancy!
    by Rachel Perez .
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 10: Your Baby Bump Is Starting to Show!
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    During the 10th week of your pregnancy, you're officially two months and about two weeks into your first trimester. You may notice your lower abdomen is a bit firmer and your mid-section is becoming rounder. It may also be the week to get that so-called pregnancy glow!

    Pregnancy signs Week 10

    Stay active during your 10th week of pregnancy. If you have morning sickness, and it's more severe than usual, consult your doctor as it could be hyperemesis gravidarum.

    Your breasts, which will be less sore, may give you a bit of cleavage now. You have the estrogen and progesterone to thank for as these hormones prep you for milk production. Your areola may be darker and slightly larger, too.

    The rising levels of HCG and progesterone are responsbile for your pregnancy glow. Progesterone is the reason your face is shinier and smoother, thanks to more oil glands on your face and your increased blood production.

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    Pregnancy symptoms Week 10

    You are almost done with early not-so-great signs of pregnancy (hopefully!). But there's more pregnancy symptoms and body changes to come.

    Round ligament pain

    Your uterus is growing as your baby grows inside you. You may begin to notice some aches and pains in your abdomen as it stretches to accommodate the growth inside your body. The American Pregnancy Association defines round ligament pain as sharp pain or jab felt in the lower belly or groin area or both. It's a typical symptom of pregnancy, which may persist until your second trimester.

    Increased vaginal discharge

    You may notice more clear or milky-white, odorless vaginal discharge, called leukorrhea. It's your body's way of getting rid of bacteria due to the increased estrogen levels and more blood flow in your vaginal area. You can rest easy as long as your vaginal discharge does not show any color (especially not red), smell bad, or cause any discomfort. If you experience symptoms that are the opposite of those mentioned, call your doctor ASAP.

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    Visible veins

    Your body is producing more and more blood, and your veins are putting on extra work hours. Blue-streaked veins on your breasts and abdomen are proof that more blood is circulating in your body. The extra volume, about 50% more than your typical blood volume, is mostly sent to your uterus and your baby.

    Headaches

    Blame it on your fluctuating hormone levels, dehydration or hunger (maybe even caffeine withdrawal), or the lack of sleep. If it's too painful and you feel like you need medication, consult your doctor before taking any. Alert your doctor as well if your headaches are accompanied by vision disturbances or you're getting them frequently.

    Frequent urination

    Your growing uterus may now be pressing on your kidneys. That and the increased blood flow in your pelvic area are causing you to pee more often than usual. If you're having painful urination, it could be urinary tract infection (UTI), so consult your doctor ASAP.

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    Bloating, gas, and constipation

    The muscle contractions that usually move food along through the intestines are slower now that you're pregnant. The extra iron from your supplements can be a factor in constipation. Drink lots of water and eat fiber-rich food. Stay away from foods that produce the gas, such as fried foods, broccoli, and beans.

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    Heartburn and indigestion

    The muscle valve between the stomach and esophagus has relaxed, so that's why can get heartburn. Eat slowly and drink only when you've finished your meal. Avoid eating spicy, greasy, and fatty food. The heartburn can get worse when your uterus has grown bigger and begins pressing on your stomach.

    Morning sickness

    Nausea and vomiting may still bother you, but it's expected to go away as you near your second trimester. Ginger tea, vitamin B-6 supplements, eating bland foods, and five small meals instead of large meals can help you manage morning sickness.

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    Mood swings

    Changes in your hormones are to blame for your roller coaster of emotions and even extreme moods.

    Food cravings or aversions

    Thanks to your pregnancy hormone situation, your ultra-sensitive sense of smell may make you dislike certain odors and food. You may also find yourself craving for sweets or salty foods, weird combos, or any food at unusual hours.

    Fatigue

    It's typical for preggos to feel a bit more tired than usual even after just doing the simplest activity. Listen to your body, and don't overexert yourself. Rest and sleep if you must, even if it means staying home in bed the whole day.

    Pregnancy dreams

    You may be sleeping a lot and may have been dreaming more often than when you were not pregnant. Don't panic. Remember they're dreams, so relax. Talk about it with your partner or your doctor, but don't give too much meaning into it. The key is don't stress.

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    Your baby's development on Week 10

    At week 10 of your pregnancy, the developing fetus in your uterus may be as big as a strawberry. According to What To Expect, your baby now measures at about an inch-and-a-quarter to an inch-and-a-half (that's about 3.2 to 3.8 centimeters) long and weighs about 0.14 ounces.

    Your baby's major organs are fully formed and functioning now. Your little one is now busy practicing swallowing and moving his limbs about inside the amniotic sac as his joints, cartilage and bones are forming. Your little one may already be peeing inside as his kidneys are now working, but you don't need to worry about urine in his amniotic sac.

    Your little one's webbed hand and feet are now separating each finger and toe, as his fingernails and hair are also starting to form. Your baby's tiny tooth buds are currently developing though you won't see your little one's pearly whites until he's six months out of your tummy. According to Parents, at week 10 of the pregnancy, your baby's brain is forming nearly 250,000 neurons every minute.

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    Your to-do list on Week 10 of pregnancy

    If you feel a little overwhelmed, pause and breathe. Your priority is you and your baby.

    Go to your first prenatal checkup.

    If you haven't done so, please go and get a prenatal checkup. You can probably hear your baby's heartbeat via a doppler and see that his head may be as big as his body via an ultrasound. Get your partner to go with you, so he knows and understands what's happening to the baby and your body.

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    Get your prenatal tests done.

    During your prenatal checkup, your doctor will order some routine prenatal tests such as blood tests, urinalysis, and more. The 10th week is the time to get genetic testing done, especially if your doctor recommends it.

    The nuchal translucency screening (NT Scan) is an ultrasound scan scheduled between Weeks 10 and 14, which tests your fetus for risk of Down syndrome and several other chromosomal abnormalities. You can also opt for a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) that's given at Week 10 or later, which can tell you for certain your baby's sex. 

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    CVS (chorionic villus sampling), on the other hand, is more invasive genetic testing that's scheduled between Weeks 10 and 12. It uses ultrasound to determine the placenta’s location, and tools are inserted in your uterus to collect placental cells, which are tested for genetic abnormalities.

    Consult your doctor on pregnancy exercise.

    Since you may be feeling a bit more mobile now that the early pregnancy symptoms are subsiding, discuss pregnancy exercises with your doctor. If you don't have a high-risk pregnancy, exercise can only be good for you, so get a simple routine started.

    Watch your weight gain.

    It may be too early to tell the pounds you've gained, if you even did. Weight gain is expected, but depending on your body mass index, you may not need much more calories added to your diet. The key is eating healthy (not for two!) and taking your essential pregnancy vitamins and supplements regularly.

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    Go shopping for maternity clothes!

    You may find it hard to zip up or button your jeans now. Go for loose, stretchy maternity wear that you can always wear for the duration of your pregnancy and beyond. Don't forget to invest in a maternity bra or nursing bra.

    More on your week-by-week pregnancy:
    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 9: You May Just Hear Your Baby's Heartbeat!

    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 11: Expect to Burp a Lot and Pass Gas at This Stage!

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