7 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms and Signs

Things are cruising along nicely at 7 weeks. You’ve probably noticed that you’re feeling super tired. That’s because, you guessed it, your baby’s growth is still going crazy. Your baby is now around the size of a blueberry! It 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.

Changes to Your Body

Your pregnancy symptoms will likely intensify this week, and will continue to do so, until about 12 or 13 weeks. Be sure to get plenty of rest, growing an entire human from scratch is hard work! You may feel more hungry than usual – this is completely normal. But remember, ‘eating for two’ is not recommended these days, so here are few guidelines to help you eat well during your pregnancy.

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 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.

Lifestyle Considerations:

If your morning sickness or fatigue is really intense you may be thinking about sharing your news with others to make life a bit easier. This is a very personal choice, but you can read about the pros and cons of that in this article.

Sometime between now and next week, you will probably have seen your care provider. Often they will do a trans-vaginal ultrasound. This is to check your baby’s heart beat and to confirm how far along you are. This can be an exciting event as you’ll likely see your baby’s heart beating for the first time!

General Advice

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.

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