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Pregnancy Week 7

Pregnancy Week 7

Pregnancy Week 7

At Week 7 your baby is little bigger than a blueberry, yet growth and development is happening at a rapid rate. You will also start experiencing changes in your body.

Growing Day by Day

This is the time that baby’s brain growth ramps up, with some 100 brain cells developing each minute. Even this early on into your pregnancy, your baby is an astonishing 10,000 times bigger than at conception.

It’s amazing how such a tiny being can affect the way you feel. Your breasts have probably increased in size and you will find that you are spending a lot of time going to the toilet thanks to your increasing blood flow and extra fluids passing through the kidneys.

Getting Used to Pregnancy

Be kind to yourself. Surging hormones mean that you are likely to have emotional ups and downs. Triggers which may not usually bother you (like a delayed taxi) may evoke a dramatic reaction during pregnancy — which is quite normal!

Your body is already preparing itself to protect your baby until birth. Around Week 7, a mucus plug forms in the cervical canal to prevent germs from entering the uterus; you will pass this plug just before giving birth.

Note that pregnancy increases the risk of urinary infections from Week 7 or so until about Week 24, so if you experience any pain or discomfort when urinating it’s a good idea to contact your doctor.

When Will I Look Pregnant?

While you may not look visibly pregnant at this time, in the following few weeks your baby bump will start to appear. Many women like to start recording their pregnancy journey even before their bump is obvious, so it’s worth starting a weekly selfie to chart your progress and provide a photographic journey of baby’s development.

Keep to the same outfit, pose and location for each selfie — a bathroom mirror is good — so that at the end you can make a compilation video of your weekly shots. You’ll be amazed at the changes to your body!

Cravings and Other Eating Tips

Although you may be feeling sick and nauseous it is important to eat well — for both you and your baby. Food cravings and dislikes are natural during pregnancy. Some theories say that cravings are a way for your body to demand something it is lacking. Most women crave something that is sweet, spicy, salty or sour.

Iron is particularly important at this time so get your fill of leafy greens like bok choy or choy sum, which also contain vitamins B and C. More good news is that the iron in these vegetables is more easily absorbed than iron found in vegetables such as spinach.

If you are prone to heartburn or indigestion try small, frequent meals instead of three larger meals a day. Although your frequent trips to the toilet may be annoying, it’s important to keep up your fluid intake — aim for 1.5 litres a day — and remain hydrated, especially in Singapore’s hot, humid climate.

Additional Information

Watch this video on the 6 Common Pregnancy Symptoms in 1st Trimester by Dr Tan Thiam Chye

 

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A/Prof Tan Thiam Chye
MBBS (S'pore), M.Med(O&G) (S'pore) Head & Senior Consultant Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology KK Women's and Children's Hospital Director (Clinical), Office of Patient Experience Deputy Director (Education), KKH Campus Associate Professor Duke - NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

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