At 7 weeks of pregnancy, the baby’s growth and development are proceeding apace. If you are getting fed up with the nausea, take heart from the fact that nausea is an indication that all is well with your pregnancy and the baby. In fact, having morning sickness is related to a lower incidence of miscarriage.
When 7 weeks pregnant, you should be practicing any of the dos and don’ts that your doctor has prescribed (if any). In most cases there is no reason not to continue with regular, gentle exercise through pregnancy. However if for any reason yours is a high risk pregnancy, your doctor will have advised you about the rest and precautions you should be taking.
Changes in the baby
There are some very rapid changes going on with the baby at seven weeks of pregnancy:
- The brain is growing very rapidly right now.
- The head and the rest of the body can be differentiated now; the indentations for the facial features that will become the eyes, nose, mouth and ears have started to appear now.
- What will become the baby’s arms and legs resemble tiny little paddles right now.
- The baby is still barely visible, but he or she is already ten thousand times the size at conception!
Changes in the mom to be
By the seventh week of pregnancy you may have started to receive a lot of pregnancy advice if you have already broken the news. If you were advised that you should now be eating for two, just ignore it.
- There may be certain skin changes and hair changes as well. You may find your hair and skin drier or greasier than usual.
- You’re likely to want to visit the bathroom more frequently than before as the hormonal changes stimulate the kidneys.
Tips for the 7th week
Here are some of the things that you should be eating and not eating during the 7th week of pregnancy; which you should do all through pregnancy:
- Take plenty of fresh vegetables and whole fruit as well as whole grains and lean protein. Also have two servings a week of fish that have low levels of mercury. You should aim to have nutrient rich food rather than calorie rich food.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid spicy or fried foods that could trigger nausea or heartburn.