The baby growing in your week 7 pregnancy belly is smaller than the top joint of your thumb but is already developing distinct facial features and nubs of tissue that will become arms, hands, legs, and feet. The brain has already begun to develop and there are pin points where the eyes will appear soon. Your baby may be making small jerky movements at 7 weeks pregnant, but you won’t be able to feel anything just yet.
If you haven’t experienced any of the more unpleasant 7 weeks pregnant symptoms, such as sore breasts, fatigue, and exhaustion, they may start to kick in this week. It is important to get plenty of sleep as you will probably feel tired due to the extra hormones and work that your body is doing right now.
Mild cramping at 7 weeks pregnant is normal but if you worry about its severity then ensure you see your doctor. If you have bleeding along with the tummy cramps, get medical help immediately.
Mood swings are also common; you may feel excitement one moment about your 7 pregnancy belly and then tearful about the coming baby a few minutes later. Many women describe pregnancy as an emotional rollercoaster.
Skin changes also often occur at 7 weeks pregnant, with some women’s acne worsening while it improves for other women. If your acne worsens, which it might during the first three months, avoid medicines or gels with vitamin A or retinoids. Ask the pharmacist or your doctor for safe recommendations instead.
If you haven’t already done so, make your first prenatal visit to your doctor. During the visit, your doctor may ask about the medical histories of you and your partner, as well as check your weight, height, and blood pressure. The doctor may also perform a pelvic exam, in the best interests of you and baby.
You may also receive a referral for a prenatal 7 week ultrasound, depending on your perceived risk of complications and whether you have an accurate date of your last period. First trimester ultrasounds are usually done trans-vaginally because the baby is so tiny that it can be difficult to see through the abdomen.
When you have a trans-vaginal 7 week ultrasound, a slender wand is inserted into the vagina and the ultrasound image of the baby reproduces on a TV monitor. There isn’t much to see yet, but the doctor can check the heartbeat at 7 weeks and measure it to get an approximate gestational age. The professional can also tell you if you are expecting more than one baby!
Ensure you are organising details like medical appointments. Write down the dates for the medical visits and other details before pregnancy absentmindedness or “baby brain” strikes.
In the mornings, if you used to enjoy a cup of coffee, make the switch to herbal tea instead as a way to help reduce the amount of caffeine you consume per day. Teas made from fruits and herbs are generally safe to drink during pregnancy, but limit green tea to the occasional cup and avoid sage or parsley teas. For 7 weeks pregnant symptoms of nausea and insomnia, drinking chamomile tea at night may be the perfect remedy.