How is my baby growing?
Your baby is now the size of a fig and just over 3 cm long from head to toe. To support your baby’s growth, your blood vessels in the placenta are increasing in both size and number to deliver the baby plenty of nutrients through your blood.
It is now official! Your baby is no longer an embryo and is now a fetus. Your baby’s head is still developing and usually makes up more than half of the baby’s length. However, the body’s development will grow rapidly within the next several weeks and will catch up very fast.
By the end of this week, your baby’s genitalia and reproductive organs will start to develop. It will continue to develop within the next few weeks and will not be distinguishable by ultrasounds until around 18 to 20 weeks.
Body & Life Changes
How is my body changing?
Now you will feel you are regaining little energy and the nausea is starting to subside. Unfortunately, there are other unwanted symptoms that may develop during this time. One of these symptom is constipation. Constipation occurs when you have difficulty passing stools or when you have not had a bowel movement for more than 3 days. You can blame this on your pregnancy hormones. These hormones relaxes your stomach and your esophagus, causing your digestion to slow down. You may also experience indigestion and bloating.
To help you manage your constipation, you should drink plenty of water and eat more fiber. Foods that are rich in fiber may include fresh friuts (papaya, melons and bananas), raw vegetables and whole grain breads. You should also try eating smaller portions. This can help minimize gas and bloating. Stay active and try to avoid prolonged sitting. This can help speed up your digestion.
What should I be concerned about?
Your constipation may not be relieved by simple home remedies and may need stronger treatment. You can consider using fiber supplements and mild laxatives such as docusate. For the safety of you and your baby, it is important to consult with your doctor before using any medication. There are laxatives that can be too strong, causing diarrhea and leading to potential dehydration.
What should I tell my doctor?
You should tell your doctor if there are any pregnancy symptoms that is bothering you. How is your appetite? Are you eating well? You may also want to tell your doctor how you are sleeping. Getting enough sleep is very important for both you and your growing baby. Your doctor can help find ways to manage your trouble sleeping as well as other symptoms causing discomfort.
What tests should I know about?
During this week, your doctor will recommend prenatal screening tests to help detect any chromosomal abnormalities. There are many genetic disorders that are caused by chromosomal abnormalities, one being Down syndrome. Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome 21. Normally, your baby will have 23 pairs of chromosomes, half inherit by you and the other half by your partner. During cell division, there may have been an error to create an extra chromosone. The only way to know is to test.
Prenatal screening tests involve 2 types of tests: screening test and diagnostic tests. During the screening tests, you will need to test your blood for PAPP-A (pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A) along with an ultrasound to measure your baby’s neck thickness (nuchal translucency). This screening usually is able to detect about 80 percent of cases. There are also other additional tests to help with diagnosis.
When your screening suggests there is a risk for chomosomal abnormality, you will need diagnostic testings such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis. Even when your screening tests are positive, you can still have normal results from your diagnostic tests.
Health & Safety
What should I know about being healthy and safe while pregnant?
You may feel some abdominal pain and cramping after sex. You should not be alarmed. This is normal. The reason for this is during sex there is and increase blood flow to your pelvic region. This can be followed by uterine contractions. The pain is usually mild and will resolve within a few minutes. If there are any pains or cramping that do not go away, let your doctor know immediately. Normally, sex is safe during pregnancy but you should always check with your doctor to be safe. You may fear that sex can hurt the baby. You should not worry. Your baby is protected by an amiontic sac filled with fluid. Your baby is safe.
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Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: October 26, 2018
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