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What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 10 Weeks Pregnant

What Your Baby and Body Look Like at 10 Weeks Pregnant

Congratulations! You've officially made it to 10 weeks pregnant! At this stage of pregnancy, you've entered the fetal period, which is an exciting phase of rapid growth and development for your baby. Along with this exciting milestone comes changes for your body. Being a new mother can be overwhelming, but understanding the different changes that your body is experiencing and how your baby is developing can ease any stress you may be feeling. So, let's take a closer look at what 10 weeks pregnant looks like and what you can expect.

Key Points of 10 Weeks Pregnancy

  • Week 10 of pregnancy marks the beginning of the fetal period.
  • Changes in your body may include complexion changes, mood swings, weight gain, tiredness, and nausea.
  • Hormonal changes can potentially lead to pregnancy gingivitis, causing gum inflammation and swelling.
  • During this stage, your baby's toes are forming, the eyes are no longer transparent and the external genitalia begins to differentiate.

Pregnancy Body Changes at 10 Weeks Pregnant

At 10 weeks pregnant, changes in your body that may start to appear include complexion changes (blotchiness, acne), mood swings, and weight gain. Tiredness and nausea are very common still. Your waist is starting to disappear.

Hormonal changes occur during pregnancy that can affect the gums. The gums may become swollen and inflamed in response to bacteria along the gum line. This is called “pregnancy gingivitis”. It usually appears during the third to ninth month of pregnancy. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your pregnancy.

Your care provider will be able to check for the baby's heartbeat using a Doppler stethoscope. This may be the first visit you get to hear your baby's heartbeat!

Your Baby's Growth and Development at Week 10

When you are at 10 weeks pregnant, your baby is now 1.25 to 1.68 inches long and weighs approximately 0.18 ounces. In week 10 of pregnancy, your baby now enters its fetal period. Tiny toes have formed.

The eyes are largely open and are no longer transparent. External genitalia are beginning to differentiate. External ears are completely formed, as well as the upper lip.

The body parts that determine the sex of your baby are starting to develop in week 10 of pregnancy.

As external changes such as the separation of fingers and toes and the disappearance of the tail takes place, internal developments are taking place too. Tooth buds form inside the mouth, and if you're having a boy, his testes will begin producing the male hormone testosterone

The two lobes of the lungs extend into many tiny tubes (bronchioles) and the diaphragm begins to separate the heart and lungs from the stomach, which moves into its final position.

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