By the 7th week of pregnancy, the baby has started to have arms and legs. The size of the baby has doubled since last week, and the mother’s womb has doubled in the last 5 weeks.
How does the baby grow?
This week, the baby’s hands and feet are protruding from the arms and legs although at this time they look quite like paddles. In fact, the baby is still considered an embryo and has something like a small tail which is an extension of the coccyx. The tail will disappear in a few weeks and that’s the only part that will shrink. The baby has doubled in size since last week and is now over 1cm long – size of a blueberry.
The folds of the eyelids cover part of the baby’s eyes. Eyes, the tip of the nose and the small veins under the skin already have a little color. Both babies’ brain hemispheres are developing, and the liver is creating red blood cells until the bone marrow forms and takes on this role. The baby also has an appendix and pancreas, which will produce insulin hormones that help with digestion. A part of the baby’s intestine develops into an umbilical cord, which has separate blood vessels to carry oxygen, nutrients and waste from the baby’s tiny body.
Changes occurring in the mother’s body during the 7th week of pregnancy
Moms’ uterus has doubled in size in the past six weeks. Eating can be difficult due to frequent morning sickness.
Moms may urinate more than usual due to increased blood volume and excess fluid processed through the kidneys. Now moms have about 10% more blood than before pregnancy. And by the end of pregnancy, moms’ blood level will increase about 40 to 45% to meet the baby’s needs. The fact that the uterus is bigger, putting pressure on moms bladder also makes moms want to go to urinate more. In fact, research shows that both the frequency of urination and the amount of urine tend to increase during pregnancy.
About half of women feel nauseous during the first 3 months of pregnancy; this symptom finishes by week 14.
Activities mom should do this week
Moms should take photos to save unforgettable memories.
Start taking photos before the belly begins to grow, and once a month until the baby is born.
The advice is to wear the same outfit, stand in the same position and pose in the same pose for photos. Black and white pictures will be especially beautiful.