7 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
- Keep drinking plenty of water, despite all those trips to the restroom
- Make sure any meat you eat is well cooked
- Get a flu shot early in flu season
Although your baby’s brain development will continue long after birth, the basic sections have formed. As the week progresses, this organ will divide into three parts: forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain will be responsible for things like reasoning, problem solving, and forming and retaining memories. The midbrain will relay electrical signals to their final destinations in the brain. The hindbrain will take care of breathing, heart rate, and muscle movement. Limbs are also growing fast: Tiny arm and leg buds have sprouted!
If you have an ultrasound scheduled for this week, you may have an opportunity to see something amazing: a heartbeat, even at 7 weeks! Don’t worry if this isn’t in your doctor’s plans quite yet. We know you’re eager, but there’s going to be even more to see in the next few weeks.
Your Baby’s Development
By this week, the umbilical cord has formed. It will be your baby’s connection to you during your pregnancy, providing oxygen and nourishment for your baby and disposing of wastes. Your baby’s digestive tract and lungs continue to form.
Watch Your Baby GrowAre you longing to see your baby’s face on his or her birth day? You have a long way to go until then, but your baby’s face is taking shape. The mouth, nostrils, ears, and eyes are some of the facial features that become more defined this week.
Dreaming of a son or daughter to play ball with? The arm bud that developed just last week has a hand on the end of it, which looks like a tiny paddle.
Pregnancy causes many changes in your cervix. By this week you’ll have developed a mucus plug, which forms in the opening of the cervical canal and seals off the uterus to protect it from infection. (You’ll lose this plug later when your cervix dilates in preparation for labor).
Pregnancy symptoms at seven weeks
You won’t have a bump for a while yet, but your womb (uterus) is already expanding to accommodate your growing baby. As this happens, the tissues supporting your womb (ligaments) will stretch and you may feel mild cramps or twinges in your tummy.
Although mild cramps are normal during pregnancy, check with your GP if you’re worried, especially if you have any bleeding. Unfortunately, bleeding and abdominal pain can be signs of an early miscarriage. Find out which other pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore.
What you need to know at seven weeks of pregnancy
- Your surging hormones, along with worries about pregnancy and parenthood, may cause you to have vivid dreams or insomnia in these early weeks.
- Try to relax and take time to unwind before you go to sleep. Emotional ups and downs can carry on throughout pregnancy and well after your baby’s born. Accept that you’re bound to feel fragile occasionally and try to pamper yourself when you can.
- Your first antenatal appointment should take place between eight weeks and 12 weeks. Call your GP or local midwifery service to get a date in your diary.
- From the linea nigra to that wonderful pregnancy glow, find out how your skin may change.
- You probably know to limit your coffee intake now that you’re pregnant. But did you know that other foods and drinks contain caffeine too?