Pregnancy Week 7

Your uterus now at pregnancy week 7 is double of how it was at week 3. If you are one of those expectant mothers who experience morning sickness, trouble starts now. It is a good time to fix a pre-natal appointment with your OB. Youll be advised to take a pregnancy blood test or urine test for a confirmation from a laboratory and it could take another week for your first pregnancy scan. In the meantime, if you are anxious to know when your baby is due, check with a due date calculator.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT

Pregnancy Week 7
Pregnancy Week 7
What’s happening to your baby?

Your baby’s hard work of last week has doubled her and now, at week 7 pregnancy, she is of the size of a blueberry.  Rapidly developing now is her brain. Around hundred cells are newly formed every minute within her brain. This accounts why the head appears unusually large at the fetal stage.

One of the major developments this week is the umbilical cord. Umbilical cord joins your tiny bundle to your placenta and is already supplying oxygen and nutrients to her. Her body has also started producing wastes which are, as well, carried through the umbilical cord to your blood stream.

Next to her heart, her kidneys and liver are getting ready to begin functioning. Around week 7 pregnancy, her kidneys may start to produce urine and her liver is busy producing red blood cells. Her arms and legs which were tiny buds last week are now extending out from the bud, appearing like paddles this week.

What’s happening to your body?

You may still feel you are new to pregnancy but your body has already started showing off its new version. Week 7 pregnancy is when morning sickness begins to creep loudly into your otherwise cheerful pregnant state of body and mind.

What exactly causes morning sickness in pregnant women is not known for sure, though we can roughly blame the pregnancy hormone, hCG, for all the queasiness you begin to feel now. It is steadily increasing in your circulation, causing a sense of high nausea in you. You crave for food as much as you feel averse to it.

On the lighter side, know that morning sickness is not a disorder but only a sign of normal pregnancy. Said that it only lasts up to week 14, it will not be too long before your body feels alright again.

On the other hand, if you are one of those fortunate women who wonder why you are not feeling anything close to morning sickness, thank your hormones, for you are one in four women who do not show up pregnancy related sickness. And you must know that not experiencing vomiting during pregnancy is also a sign of normal pregnancy.

Tips and advice for Pregnancy Week 7 What to expect during your first OB visit?

·         Your last menstrual date (LMP) is a date of importance in your pregnancy. Your OB’s first question to you will most likely be about your LMP. If you missed to note down your period date last month, dig and drill your memory or recollect incidents which happened close to your period, so that you get closer to it.

·         You might have to give away a few mL of your blood and urine for testing at a laboratory. Levels of your blood glucose, thyroid, hemoglobin, blood cells count and HIV are a few major parameters that will be tested along with others. A pap smear test to rule out any abnormalities is also common.

·         The doctor would want to understand your medical history including your earlier pregnancies or miscarriages if any, and also about your family history. If in case, one of your parents or both have diabetes, she may make a note to check your sugar levels regularly. This can help to avoid or keep gestational diabetes at bay in your pregnancy.

How to calculate when your baby is due?

In medical terms, the date when your baby is expected to be born is referred to as Estimated Due Date (EDD). According to one of the pregnancy due date calculator theories, the gestational age of the baby is 40 weeks; thus a straight forward way to estimate due date is to add 40 weeks’ time to the LMP. But, if you suppose a pregnancy calculator can be this simple, you’ll be miserably wrong because only less than 5% of pregnancies have proved this method to work right.

Does that mean you need to know something more? Certainly yes!

Approximately, 10 to 14 days after your LMP, your conception window begins; that is, the potential fertile dates which can favor conception, though fertilization cannot happen until ovulation. If you are sure about your cycle length, you can check with a conception calculator, to know the exact ovulation date. You are most likely to have conceived within a day after ovulation because an ovum can remain viable only for a few to 24 hours while a sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for around 5 days.

 

You can predict your due date now by adding 38 weeks to your conception date. This method works fairly better than calculating from your LMP because it rules out your cycle length factor; specifically helpful if your cycle length is a few days plus or minus the average 28 days. 

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