Monday, March 28, 2011

Fetal development 10week

You are now ten weeks pregnant (or in your eleventh week if that's how you prefer to count it). How your baby is growing

Your baby will more than double in size in the next three weeks. He or she is now swallowing and kicking, and all the major organs are fully developed. More minute details are appearing too, like fingernails and peach-fuzz hair. The external sex organs are beginning to show and in a few weeks they will be developed enough to tell whether you're going to have a boy or a girl. Read more information on your baby's development this week.

How your life's changing You're nearing the end of the first three months of pregnancy -

your first trimester

- and your uterus is about the size of a grapefruit, almost big enough to fill your pelvis (see our fetal development illustrations). You may even be able to feel your uterus above the middle of your pubic bone. Though you probably won't need to go up a dress size for several more weeks yet, you may notice that your waist is thickening. If you want to cut down on caffeine, you could swap to herbal teas.

Make sure that the herbal teas you choose are safe to drink in pregnancy. You may find lemon and honey steeped in hot water appealing as an alternative. Try to drink eight glasses of liquid every day (tea, coffee and cola don’t count) but limit your fluid intake before bedtime so you won't have to get up to go to the loo in the night.

If your sleep is disturbed for other reasons then you may be tempted to take a remedy but medication shouldn't be your first course of action during pregnancy. Try our self-help suggestions for insomnia first, and avoid exercising just before you go to bed.

Strange dreams are common during pregnancy and could also contribute to disrupted nights. Parent tip: dealing with evening sickness "My version of morning sickness developed every evening around dinner time.

I couldn't eat anything, but I was starving (and irritable) all the same. Things improved after I changed my routine, eating my big meal in the morning and something light - usually biscuits and cheese - for supper." - Susan

Community If you've had a previous miscarriage or a stillbirth, it can be very hard to enjoy being pregnant again. Share you fears and concerns with others who understand what you are going through in our community.

Things to consider Is it safe to use a seat belt during pregnancy, and what about cars with air bags?

Health and beauty - read our expert reports on

Pregnant after a previous caesarean? Will you opt for another section?

Remind yourself why it’s great to be expecting even if you're still feeling sick, tired or headachy. Why pregnancy can make your mouth water.

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