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Pregnancy, your body and your baby – week 10 of your pregnancy

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At week ten, you are officially a quarter of the way through your 40-week pregnancy with only a few more weeks left of trimester one. In your first trimester, you won’t look it but your body will have gone through many changes to accommodate your growing baby. This trimester its particularly important to keep taking prenatal vitamins containing folic acid as your babies spinal tube and organs develop.

Your baby at week 10 

Your little baby is now the size of a strawberry and is now referred to as a fetus and not an embryo.  She is growing rapidly inside you and is slowly started forming bones and ligaments, their little arms and legs are slowly becoming more functional and your baby’s jawbone is also started developing. Nerves are starting to form in their spine and her kidneys are starting to function.

Your body at week 10 

At week ten your baby bump may be starting to show, but it may be a few weeks before your family and friends notice or you decide to tell anyone. Because of your slowly growing baby belly, it may be a good idea to invest in your first few items of maternity wear, as pants that are too tight around your waist is an added discomfort that you shouldn’t have to deal with.

You’ll still be managing a variety of pregnancy symptoms, from morning sickness to frequent urination. You may still be struggling with fatigue, but thankfully this pregnancy symptom should lessen in your second trimester.

Things to keep in mind 

Week ten (between week 10 and 12) is roughly the time that you would choose to have your baby genetically tested. Genetic testing isn’t required but it is a good option to consider so that parents-to-be are alerted to potential genetic disorders before birth. A genetic test is particularly important if you have hereditary genetic problems in your family, or if you and your partners are carriers for a particular disorder.

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