7 Weeks Pregnant
7 Weeks Pregnant
If you haven’t already by now, you will probably start to show some early symptoms of pregnancy at week 7. Your baby will have made a home for itself inside your womb, and it will be growing at a steady rate, too.
In the previous weeks, you may have only been speculating about certain pregnancy symptoms, or you might not have even noticed it at all. At 7 weeks pregnant, however, most women will have started to display some of the early signs of pregnancy, and the reality that they are pregnant may only just be starting to hit them.
If you are in this position and are feeling a bit anxious about what to come, don’t worry. This article will help answer the most commonly asked questions for someone who is seven weeks pregnant and will provide some tips on what you should do at this stage of the pregnancy cycle.
7 Weeks Pregnancy Symptoms
At this stage, you are part way into your second month of pregnancy and, most likely, will start to display some of the first signs of pregnancy at week 7. Here are some of the symptoms that you may experience at this stage:
- Food cravings and aversions
If you’ve suddenly decided that you can’t stand the sight of that avocado toast that you once loved, or if you’ve found yourself adding Marmite to the shopping list for the first time in your life, then you’ve probably fallen victim to pregnancy food cravings and aversions. It’s worth noting that not every woman experiences these sensations, so you shouldn’t worry if you are eating your regular diet as normal.
- More saliva
It’s highly likely that, at some point or another, you will feel that you are producing extra saliva in your mouth. This is a result of changes in hormones, and it should pass by the end of the first trimester.
- Soreness in the breasts
Up until this point, it’s probable that you’ve had some tenderness and soreness in the breasts. When you’re 7 weeks pregnant, however, you may also start to notice some other changes. Some women start to see blue veins forming around the breasts, but this is not a cause for concern. In fact, these veins act as a conduit for vital fluids and nutrients to nourish your baby when they are born.
Your Body at Week 7
One of the most noticeable pregnancy symptoms at week 7 is an increase in your breast size. It’s not unheard of for some women to increase by half a cup, or even a full cup size by the time they are 7 weeks pregnant. You may also start notice that your nipples stick out more than usual, as your body prepares itself for the pregnancy.
Internally, your uterus will have doubled in size by the time you are 7 weeks pregnant and will now be the size of a lemon. The umbilical cord that connects you to your baby will also be developed at this stage. This can have a drastic affect on your hormones, so don’t be surprised if you start noticing the early symptoms of pregnancy hitting you hard at week 7.
All of these changes, however, are only happening on the inside of your body, and it is highly unlikely that you’ll be able to see any sign of the baby at 7 weeks pregnant from the outside.
Baby Size at Week 7
Your baby will be a similar, if not an identical size to how it was in the previous week. This means that your baby size at 7 weeks is just over half a centimetre, like a blueberry or a sweet pea. Even though it sounds small, this is still about 10 thousand times the size of the fertilized egg at conception.
Most of your baby’s growth at this stage is concentrated around the head, and new brain cells are forming rapidly – at a rate of around 100 per minute.
Week 7 Pregnant Ultrasound
Despite the more noticeable early symptoms of pregnancy at week 7, it is still probably too early for your first pregnancy scan. The first ultrasound usually takes place next week, or the week after. This is then typically followed by another scan at around week 18 of pregnancy.
It’s very likely that you have started to notice some changes to your body at seven weeks pregnancy. Discomfort in your stomach could be one of these changes. The increased blood flow and fluctuating hormones that accompanies pregnancy help account for this discomfort.
In the 7th week of pregnancy, you should expect to feel tired, have tender or swollen breasts, be experiencing mood swings, and/or any of the early signs of pregnancy at week 7 outlined at the beginning of this article.
A lot of women will feel nauseated at this stage, and any other symptoms that you have felt in the previous weeks could intensify. Your body is well under way in its preparation for pregnancy and this can manifest itself in numerous ways.
Despite all of the changes that are happening to your body, the fetus at 7 weeks is still tiny, and your little 7-weeks embryo will not have developed a baby bump on the outside.
Tips for Week 7 of Pregnancy
- Eat plenty of fruit of vegetables
It may seem like obvious advice, but now is more important than ever to be mindful of your diet. Consuming lots of fruit and vegetables increases the likelihood that you are getting all of the vital vitamins and minerals needed for healthy baby growth.
- Exercise smartly
It is a good idea to modify your exercise regime now, so that you are better prepared in your second trimester, when you won’t be able to exercise on your back. Changing your workout schedule at this stage to include easier and more manageable exercises will benefit you in the long run.