First Trimester

Pregnancy Calendar: Week 7

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The embryo now measures 9mm (1/4 inch) in length. It’s the size of a blueberry. It may seem small to you but compared to the size it was at conception – is about 10,000 times bigger.

Most of that growth is concentrated in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. What happens is the brain divides into 5 vesicles. Vesicles are air-filled cavities that helps the cells in the brain multiply.  Your baby’s mouth and tongue are forming as arm and leg buds sprout, and those little kidneys are getting ready to do their job (pee production and excretion).

Common Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Food cravings and aversions
  • Excessive saliva
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness and changes
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination

To-Do List

  • Empty your bladder by leaning forward when you pee – it will reduce frequent trips to the bathroom.
  • Steer clear of clothes that constrict your belly.
  • Take power naps.

Makchic Fun Tip!

Keep a lemon wedge nearby, and sniff it when you start feeling nauseous – citrus can quell nausea.

Image: Essential Baby