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  • Pregnancy Symptoms Week 7: Your Baby Has Started Moving!

    Morning sickness and other pregnancy symptoms are now in full swing.
    by Rachel Perez .
Pregnancy Symptoms Week 7: Your Baby Has Started Moving!
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    At seven weeks pregnant, you’re a month and about two weeks into your nine-month journey to being a mom! You're about halfway through the first trimester. Your pregnancy symptoms at week 7 would definitely include a missed period so if you have not taken one, a pregnancy test will confirm why your menstruation has not arrived.

    Pregnancy signs Week 7

    If you're looking for a belly bulge, you won't find one just yet, even when you try to exhale, arch your back, and push your tummy forward. But your body is definitely telling you and exhibiting signs that you already "cooking" something in your uterus.

    Your body is in full pregnancy mode with increased blood production and blood flow in your uterus, higher levels of the hormones hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, the one detected by home pregnancy home tests), progesterone, and estrogen. These are the main culprits for pregnancy symptoms. But there are some women who don't feel anything out of the ordinary or too uncomfortable at seven weeks into the pregnancy (Lucky you!). 

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    Pregnant symptoms Week 7

    By the seventh week, you already have pregnancy signs that you won't easily be mistaken as period-related. You may also be gaining a bit of weight or losing a few pounds, depending on your pregnancy symptoms.

    Nausea

    Dizziness and the urge to vomit may be in full swing by now. Hopefully, it's not too bad to be considered hyperemesis gravidarum, which warrants medical attention. How to manage morning sickness? Try drinking ginger tea, vitamin B-6 supplements, or acupressure wrist bands. Eating bland foods and small meals also help keep your food intake down. 

    Excessive salivation

    As if always feeling queasy isn't uncomfortable enough, you may even notice you're producing more saliva now than before. This is most probably related to morning sickness and should be gone hopefully by the time you enter the second trimester. Chewing sugarless gum may help.

    Heartburn and indigestion

    Progesterone makes the muscle valve between the stomach and esophagus, relax, and it means you're getting little help to prevent digestive juices from backing up. It will only get worse when your uterus has grown bigger and begin pressing on your stomach. If that muscle valve isn't not functioning as it should, try eating slowly and drink only when you've finished your meal. Avoid spicy, greasy, and fatty food as well to prevent heartburn.

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    Frequent urination

    You're going to the bathroom more often, and usually in the middle of the night as your hCG levels increase blood flow in your pelvic area. Your growing uterus may also be pressing on your kidneys that are working more efficiently now that you're expecting. If you're having painful urination, so consult your doctor as soon as possible as it could be a sign of urinary tract infection (UTI).

    Acne

    Acne breakouts on your face or on your back are part of the odd pregnancy symptoms, and you guess it, they are due to the hormonal changes in your body. That, or you may have stopped using skin products until you have your first prenatal checkup. Not all women experience acne breakouts; some go straight to having that "glow," which is partly due to the increased blood flow during pregnancy.

    Don't worry! You'll get your glow as soon as your hormones get relatively stable. Regular face-washing with mild, gentle soap and water should help. Ask your doctor what anti-acne products are safe to use for preggos. 

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    Breast tenderness

    Having sore, tender breasts can be attributed to the pregnant woman's increased blood flow and the body already preparing for milk production. You may also feel your breasts are heavier, your areola is slightly larger, and your entire nipple area is a bit darker. 

    Fatigue

    Blame your rising levels of the hormone progesterone, which may have a sedative effect. The fact that your body is producing more blood 24/7 is also a factor. It's time to listen to your body and slow down your pace. Rest and sleep if you must, even if it means staying home in bed the whole day. 

    Food cravings or aversions

    Your ultra-sensitive sense of smell may make you dislike certain odors, from as simple as garlic or as odd as your husband's aftershave. This heightened sensitivity to smell also affects your food tastes so you may find yourself disgusted by dishes you love before you got pregnant. You may even crave for sweets or salty foods, weird combos, or any food at unusual hours. 

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    Mood swings

    You feel cranky or cry for the littlest reasons and may experience extreme moods, all because of the fluctuating hormones. Feeling overly tired and your changing blood sugar levels, plus all the other changes our body is going through may also be factors. 

    Cramping and spotting

    You may still feel a bit of cramping and may notice a bit of spotting. Pain stronger than your typical period cramps or bright red vagina discharge is a cause for concern, so call the doctor immediately.

    Your baby's development on Week 7

    It's rare to get an ultrasound on week 7 of the pregnancy, but if your doctor orders one, this is what you might see: 

    Your baby's lifeline system is almost done setting up. It already has amniotic fluid and sac and the almost-developed placenta, which will be the fetus's source of oxygen and nutrients as long as he's cooped up in your womb. By now, you can probably make out the umbilical cord that's forming between the placenta to the quickly developing embryo.

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    According to What To Expectat week 7, your little one, which is approximately an inch long or about the size of a blueberry now, already have defined limbs, with arms, elbows, knees, and legs, though his fingers and toes are still webbed together. 

    The embryo now has a more defined face, with a mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes. Your baby's brain inside its transparent skull is busier now, generating 100 brain cells per minute. The baby's mouth, tongue, tooth buds are forming this week. Your baby now has kidneys, and will pretty soon start peeing inside. Don't worry, the system that's developing inside your womb will take care of that. 

    You're not going to feel it yet, but your baby had also started to make little jerky movements, which you might see in an ultrasound. Thank the amniotic fluid that gave your baby the space to move and the heightened brain activity. You'll start feeling your baby's movements when you're about four months into it. 

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    Your to-do list on Week 7 of pregnancy

    Whether you've already taken a pregnancy test at home or have had a preconception checkup, eating healthily, having enough exercise, and taking your prenatal vitamins and other pregnancy supplements are always a must from now on. 

    You should schedule your first prenatal appointment

    If you haven't visited your doctor yet, an early prenatal visit isn't necessary but most welcome. Most doctors will schedule your first checkup at week 8 through 10 of the pregnancy when the baby's heartbeat can be easily detected. 

    Write down all the pregnancy questions that pop in your head

    Ask your doctor anything that concerns your pregnancy. He or she should be able to answer them and calm your worries. Better to ask your doctor than Google! Use your first prenatal checkup to also see if you're comfy with your doctor. It'll give you time to switch if you're don't feel comfortable with your first doctor. 

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    Research on routine prenatal tests

    If you've already visited your obstetrician-gynecologist may have already ordered for you to take a blood test for a complete blood count, blood typing and Rh status and antibody screening, and blood sugar levels (don't worry; it's not the one with the awfully sweet drink just yet!). Your doctor would have also ordered a urinalysis, Hepatitis B and Syphilis screening test, and perhaps a pap smear. These are just routine prenatal tests to check where your body's health is at the moment. 

    Start delegating responsibilities

    If you haven't told the daddy-to-be, do so now. Involve your partner in the pregnancy journey, and besides, you'd need all the help you can get now that pregnancy symptoms are in full swing. 

    More on your week-by-week pregnancy:
    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 6: Your Baby's Heart Starts Beating!

    Pregnancy Symptoms Week 8: Your Sense of Smell Is In Overdrive

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