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Week of gestation: 10 weeks
Equals to month: 2nd week of 3rd month
Equals to days: 64 to 70 days of gestation
In the 10th week of pregnancy, development is marked by the formation of bones and cartilage, the ear canals, nostrils and elbows, and the baby is already able to flex his arms. At this stage, the head is still bigger than the rest of the body, all the baby teeth are already formed and the jaw and face muscles responsible for sucking begin to develop.
During this week, with the growth of the uterus, the belly begins to become slightly rounded and the woman may feel pain in the pelvis, due to the action of hormones that loosen and stretch the ligaments of the pelvis to accommodate the growing baby each day and to prepare the woman's body for childbirth in the future.
At this stage, a woman may continue to experience morning sickness, heartburn, a burning sensation in the stomach, or the urge to urinate frequently.
At the 10th week of pregnancy, the ear canals, the upper lip, the 2 nostrils are forming, the facial muscles that allow the baby to suck and chew begin to develop and the jawbones already contain all of the baby's teeth. baby milk. The head is still big and the eyes that are still far apart start to get closer and are covered by the eyelids.
The heart is fully formed and beats 2 to 3 times faster than a woman's heart. Bones and cartilage are forming, fingers and toes are more elongated, and knees and ankles are developing in the legs. The arms have already developed the elbows, being able to flex.
At this stage of pregnancy, the baby's stomach begins to produce digestive juices, the kidneys form larger amounts of urine, and if it is a boy, the baby is already producing testosterone.
The size of the fetus at 10 weeks of gestation is 3.5 to 4 centimeters, which is equivalent to the size of a strawberry.
Changes in a woman's body
In the 10th week of pregnancy, the belly can already be perceived, showing itself slightly rounded in the lower part of the abdomen and pain may occur in the pelvis, on one or two sides of the abdomen, because the ligaments and muscles of the pelvis that support the uterus begin to loosen and stretch to accommodate the growing baby and prepare the body for future birth.
In addition, symptoms of morning sickness, constipation, excessive tiredness and frequent urination, heartburn, a burning sensation in the stomach and the emotional variations of pregnancy may continue.
Care during the 10th week
In the 10th week of pregnancy, some precautions are important to help alleviate the discomforts that may arise, such as:
- Morning Sickness: Eat small meals frequently throughout the day and stay hydrated. If the nausea is very intense, the doctor may prescribe the use of medicine for nausea during pregnancy. Learn about the treatment of severe nausea during pregnancy.
- Constipation: Eating more fiber in the form of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, and exercising regularly as recommended by your doctor can help improve your intestinal transit and relieve the discomfort of constipation;
- Pelvis Pain: Light stretches and gentle movements can help relieve discomfort. However, if the pain does not improve, or if you have a fever, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Also, it is important to follow all medical advice, continue taking folic acid and/or other supplements prescribed by the doctor, drink plenty of fluids, at least 8 to 12 glasses of water a day to keep the body hydrated, and maintain a nutritious diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, cereals and whole grains such as kiwi, melon, tomato, broccoli, red pepper, Brussels sprouts, brown rice, oatmeal and almonds, for example.Learn more about nutrition in pregnancy.