What occurs at pregnancy week 7?


While it’s not visible from the outside, there’s a lot going on inside your body; your body is preparing to cater to your child’s needs. During this time, higher chances are you already know you are pregnant. Besides, you might have lost a few pounds due to morning sickness. Your bra might fit tighter due to breast enlargement. It’s absolutely normal.


Your baby at week 7


During the seventh week, your baby is still small—it's a quarter-inch long and still considered an embryo. Their tails are getting smaller since they are developing. Your baby’s head and face are still forming during this time as well. Some of its body parts such as its hands and feet are also developing during this week. The baby’s eye lenses and nostrils also begin forming.


As for twins, their growth process doesn’t differ from single babies until the third trimester. Regardless, your babies are larger than a pencil top during the seventh week. You can visit an antenatal clinic to have an ultrasound to determine the health of your babies.


Symptoms


This week’s symptoms don't differ from the previous weeks since the first trimester has more intense symptoms since your body is still getting used to a new process. These are:


● Fatigue

Nausea

● Excessive Saliva

● Frequent urination

● Cramping

● Food cravings and aversions

● Spotting

● Darkening of areola

● Swollen or enlarged breasts


Exercise


At week 7, you can conduct various light exercises after consulting a healthcare practitioner on whether it’s safe for your condition. Some of these exercises are:


● Stretching

● Walking

● Swimming


What you can do during this time to ensure your baby stays healthy


As much as your pregnancy is still new at week 7, it’s important to take care of your general well-being. Here are some tips:


Quit Smoking


If you are a smoker, for the well-being of your child, it’s crucial to quit. Smoking heightens complications in pregnancy such as premature labour and low birth weight. You can ask your doctor for more help.


Schedule your prenatal visit


As soon as you realize you are pregnant, visiting an antenatal clinic is crucial in tracking your baby’s progress. It’s important to note that your first visit will be the longest but it’s still very important since your doctor will review your health history, give a physical exam, approximate the due date, and identify any risks and more. You can visit Jacaranda Maternity hospital Umoja branch (Wallet centre, opposite Shujaa Mall) and Kahawa West branch (Kamiti road, Kiamumbi, Chief’s stage) every Mon-Sun from 8am to 5pm or schedule an appointment with us to start your antenatal clinics; we’ll ensure all your needs are catered to.


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