10 Weeks Pregnant: Symptoms and What to Expect
Your Growing Fetus at 10 Weeks
Your baby bump has become a quite a bit more noticeable this week. Your stage of pregnancy has moved beyond Embryo and your baby is now a Fetus.
He or she is 1.2 inches in length and weighs about .14 ounces. So a cute roll of film is comparable in size to your baby now.
- Your baby’s heart has fully developed and should have a strong and quick healthy rhythm.
- You can now prepare for your 12 week visit and Ultrasound.
- During this phase it is now possible and even recommended to get a Nuchal Translucency Screening.
- This checks for chromosomal abnormalities.
- Genetic testing can also be done.
- This is to test to meant to aid in determining possible health risks based on family medical history and development at this stage.
Pregnancy Superfood for Week 10
Food is a favorite pastime for many, it motivates us to travel and keeps us energetic throughout the day. Eating hearty and nutritious foods is important for our overall health. Healthy eating is essential to the development of your baby and to keep you from feeling to fatigued or low on energy.
Now that you are eating for two, you need foods that are high in nutrients so you nurture your baby in the womb and give them a foot up for healthy development. Here are some nutrient-rich foods that are suggested for consumption during pregnancy and always to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Note: During your pregnancy, you should avoid large intake or spices such as Cinnamon, Clove, and Rosemary. It is okay however to intake normal amounts of cooking spices ensuring to avoid an increased amount of intake.
Foods that are highly recommended for consumption during 10 weeks are foods high in fiber. This is to help with your own comfort and also keep your bowels regular as this is a time you will notice much more difficulty in that aspect. Some recommendations are things like berries, high in vitamins fiber and antioxidants and almonds and walnuts are a great source of fiber as well. Oatmeal and rice are also highly recommended.
They are starchy and will do wonders for your energy levels. They are also high in insoluble fiber which is known for aiding in relief from constipation. Trace amounts of Soluble fiber are also found in these foods which are known for reducing cholesterol and regulating heart function.
This week’s superfood is Chives. They are rich in nutrients like folic acid, calcium, and magnesium. They are high in vitamin A and K as well as vitamin C. This is great news for your immune support. During pregnancy, many women face an iron deficiency which can lead to anemia.
This amazing superfood can help to tackle that problem head-on, giving you more energy and helping to prevent fatigue. The exhaustion that your body goes through leaves your immune system compromised.
Chives have antioxidant properties that can offer extra immune support. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties, this is an amazing secret power that can provide some relief for your tired, tense and shifting muscles this week and in the weeks to follow.
They also have high traces of folic acids. This group of acids can help prevent certain neurological defects. Consider high amounts of things like chives and onions can cause acid reflux, so it is important to monitor your intake and track your body’s individual needs.
Tomato and Chive Salad
You will need:
- 2 pounds assorted tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 to 3 sprigs marjoram, plus flowers if any
- 10 to 12 basil leaves
- ½ tablespoon chives, if you opted to use mozzarella
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 12-14 Slices of cheese (mozzarella or cheese with chives, your preference)
If you are using large tomatoes, cut them into slices. Small tomatoes may be left as is or cut into wedges. Add cheese slices to make a beautiful and nutritional salad.
For the dressing, put into a bowl, salt, vinegar, and honey. When the salt has dissolved, add olive oil. You’ve got a perfectly sweet and tangy dressing guaranteed to appeal to your senses.
Beetroot, Feta and Chive Salad
- 5 cups baby beetroot
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ½ cup feta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Chives
- Chop all ingredients to bite size pieces and mix together. Add olive oil and red wine vinegar to taste.
Top Tip for Week Ten
Everything we search for on our phones and computers is then advertised to us on other apps and sites. If you want to avoid those pesky pop ups at work and are on your work computer looking at stuff for babies or creating your registry, consider doing so in the incognito tab.
Inspirational Message of the Week from Already Moms
You are not far away from finding out the sex of your baby.
“You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.
Big Efforts from your Co Creator
- Take as much off from work as possible for paternity leave. This will give you more time to bond with your new baby and your growing family.
- During week 10 nurturing is an important action as mood swings and fatigue become more predominant.
- Taking a weekend away together will give you some much needed rest and relaxation while mommy’s body is still comfortable enough to travel long distances.
This Art of Allowing
You will notice much more exhaustion and many more emotions this week. It’s important to take quiet time for meditation, slow steady breathing exercises can help to keep you from becoming overwhelmed by the wave of emotions you encounter.
Educate yourself and address some concerns you may have about parenthood or the birthing process. Figuring out some of these concerns ahead of time will help you feel more adequate and confident about giving birth. Ride out your moods like a wave to help you get through each panic without putting too much stress on you or your baby.
Pregnancy Symptoms of Week Ten
You will experience quite a bit more constipation this week and the coming weeks. Your growing baby puts extra strain on your bowels and bladder. Eating foods high in fiber can help keep everything working in motion.
With constipation, and the rapid growth of your baby you will notice more cramping or even more painful cramps.
You will notice much more fatigue as your body uses more energy to grow and mold for your baby’s comfort and growth.
Your Uterus is now about the size of a grapefruit and you will have probably one average gained about three to five pounds this week.
Mood swings will seem even more unbearable this week as your body is producing higher levels of Progesterone. With the increase of this hormone, you will also notice your breasts have gotten much bigger.
So what is Progesterone and what is it responsible for?
- It plays a number of roles in a woman’s menstrual and pregnancy cycle.
- It is produced first in the ovaries and goes through a number of tasks like regulating the inner lining of the uterus and the growth of blood vessels in the womb allowing baby to get more nutrients.
- It helps to establish the placenta and once this has been established the placenta now takes over in the production of progesterone.
- This hormone can help to regulate blood sugar and can facilitate the thyroid production and function.
Your Body will Change and It’s Necessary
You will notice quite a bit more cramping this week, this is because your body is shifting significantly more as you move from first to second trimester. Your baby is growing and your body will stretch to accommodate this change. Simple stretching exercises, such as lying flat on your back and stretching your whole body out can help your body relax, preventing the urge to seize and tense up during cramping.
You will begin to notice as your baby bump appears, your clothes don’t fit the way they used. Those skinny jeans that make your rump look phenomenal are a thing of the past.
Postpartum, physical activity can help you reach your goals, but that’s a bridge to cross at a later date. For now, buy some new clothes. Only a few essentials as your body will continue to change rapidly.
These items will only fit for a short time so remember not to go overboard as this can leave you feeling overwhelmed or even discouraged in the weeks to come.
Our Recommended Remedy for Week 10
One of the most important things you can do during your pregnancy and always is drink lots of water. It provides a number of benefits for cell regeneration as well as will aid in keeping you regular.
In a few weeks, into the second trimester you can try teas like mint, chamomile, and lavender. These will soothe your tummy and help you feel calmer.
A natural remedy you can try in order to help soothe your tummy and aid digestion at week 10, is drinking warm/hot water with lemon. Doing so a few minutes before eating or snacking can help put your digestion into motion aiding in both stomach comfort and ensuring your body is prepared to absorb and pass on the nutrients you soon to intake. Additionally, lemons are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants.
Rooibos tea is a great tea for pregnancy. It’s caffeine free and high in calcium, magnesium and antioxidants.
There are some foods you can eat to help eliminate the discomfort of constipation as your growing baby has put quite the strain on your bladder and bowels.
Lentils, Peas and Beans: These are high in good healthy fats and have a high fiber content to aid in your digestion and comfort.
Finding natural foods high in flavonoids is another great method to keeping your bowels regular, yourself and your baby well nourished and give peace of mind knowing your nutrients are plant-based. Flavonoids are polyphonic molecules extracted from plants. They are high in antioxidant properties.
Soothing The Uncomfortable
Because you are still in your first trimester, there are many natural remedies you should still steer clear of. However, a few physical activities can be done to help you feel more comfortable both mentally and physically. Swimming is a wonderful way to get some exercise, help you sleep better at night and get some endorphins flowing. You can set your own pace and agenda.
While in the water your body will feel less pressure and constriction. Remember physical activity too close to bed can overstimulate you and actually make it difficult to fall asleep. Be mindful of your body and conscientious of your natural schedule. Becoming in tune with your body’s needs may take some trial and error. Don’t become frustrated as this will put more stress on your baby.
Be sure to do simple stretches as this can be help alleviate some pain and discomfort brought about by the cramps.
There are many yoga positions that are designed specifically for pregnant women and their comfort. These poses do not require a large amount of flexibility or strain.
Some simple stretching and yoga positions to try include the Extended Side Angle Pose and the Triangle Pose.
Creating Memories for Your Soon to Be
Your baby’s heart began beating this week; if you have a baby book on hand. Finding heart-related images to decorate the pages can provide your little one with great imagery about the journey you took together this week.
Preparation for Motherhood
- Ask questions. Get to know your body, your partner’s concerns and what your goals are for parenthood.
- Begin planning the Nursery as this can help keep your mind off the things you are stressed about.
- Review your company’s maternity policy and the Family Medical Leave Act. This week your bump is more noticeable and will no longer be strategically hidden by jackets and accessories.
- You should have a concise plan involving the amount of leave you’d like to take and your solution for your team, boss and company to function without you in the coming months. Speaking to your boss before going higher on the ladder will help you start small and take each step, one at a time.
- Keep in mind your job is protected by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.
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