10 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet
- Improve your blood flow by walking, elevating your legs, or lying on your left side
- Get plenty of sleep and rest
The umbilical cord is getting longer, and your baby’s head is taking on a rounder, more human shape. Fingernails and hair are beginning to form, and your baby is busy practicing essential movements including kicking and swallowing. Little lungs are under construction, and the intestines and stomach are forming.
At the moment, your baby’s outer ears sit low on the head, but they’ll move to the right spot as the head grows. Your little one’s eyes are also developing. The basic optical structure is in place and the eyelids are starting to cover the eyes, which are still on either side of the head. Eyebrows are beginning to grow, too!
Baby’s first tooth won’t break through the gums until several months after birth, but tiny tooth buds are already starting to form.
Your Baby’s Development
By week 10, all of your baby’s vital organs have been formed and are starting to work together.
Watch Your Baby GrowAs external changes (such as the separation of fingers and toes and the disappearance of the tail) happen, internal developments do too. Tooth buds form inside the mouth, and if you’re having a boy, his testes will begin producing the male hormone testosterone.
Congenital abnormalities are unlikely to develop after week 10. This also marks the end of the embryonic period — in general, the embryo now has a distinctly human appearance. Starting next week, your baby will officially be considered a fetus.
Your first prenatal visit, which often takes place around this time, is a milestone. At the doctor’s office, you’ll go through a series of tests and checks, including having your weight and blood pressure checked. You might also have an external abdominal examination to check the size and position of your baby and have your urine tested.
During the visit, your health care provider (who could be an obstetrician, family doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner) will do a thorough examination. This includes an internal exam and a breast exam. Your health care provider will also ask you many questions about your medical history and any family health problems. This can help determine if your baby is at risk for genetic diseases.
Another thing your provider will check? Your baby’s heartbeat! Using a Doppler stethoscope, you should get to hear it for the first time.
Your provider will probably send you for a blood test to find out whether you’re immunized against varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles), and to find out your blood type and Rh factor. You also may be tested for certain infections, such as syphilis or hepatitis B, and you may be offered an HIV test.
Testing blood for certain genetic disorders is also commonly done — the type of tests offered will depend on your situation and preference.
Pregnancy symptoms at 10 weeks
You may be feeling a little dizzy, which is normal during your first trimester, as the pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes the walls of your blood vessels. If you’re experiencing dizzy spells, try getting up more slowly, to give your body time to adjust to your new position.
If you’re still suffering from morning sickness and tiredness, you’ll be happy to hear that these symptoms should start to ease off once you reach your second trimester.
What you need to know at 10 weeks of pregnancy
- You’ll have your booking appointment around now, and meet your midwife for the first time. There’ll be a lot to cover at this appointment so it may take around an hour or more. She’ll ask you about your medical history, job and lifestyle. She’ll also measure your weight and height to work out your body mass index (BMI).
- Your midwife will explain what tests and care you can expect during your pregnancy, and what maternity benefits you’re entitled to. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, and you’ll be given a 24-hour phone number in case you have any worries or concerns before your next appointment.
- Travelling by car may be a part of your daily life, but discover if it’s safe to use a seat belt during pregnancy.
- If nausea is getting you down, check out our morning, noon and night sickness community group for sympathy and support.
- You’ll be offered a blood test at your booking appointment. Find out why from our guide to routine blood tests.
- Learn whether it’s normal to salivate more than usual now that you’re pregnant.