You may not feel highly motivated this week but a little moderate exercise will do wonders to give you a little boost at the moment and help to relieve stress and anxiety you may be feeling this week. You and your body are going through some amazing changes at the moment and your emotions could well be all over the place this week, due to changing hormones.
Changes to you and your bodyYou may find that your sleep is disturbed even at this early stage, as rising blood levels and extra fluid being processed by your kidneys necessitate extra trips to the toilet. You might also wake up hungry, feeling sick or find it difficult to get comfortable if your breasts are sore. Try to take steps to wind down properly, perhaps by taking a bath or trying some meditation techniques before going to bed and experiment with different sleeping positions until you find a way to get comfortable.
Changes to your babyMeanwhile, your precious baby is continuing to develop and by now will be around 10mm long and the size of a blueberry. The three sections of your baby's brain are in place inside a disproportionately large head and large black dots are now visible where the eyes and nostrils will begin to form. The jaw has already formed and ears are starting to emerge.
Your baby's limb buds have sprouted and the hands and feet will be flat like paddles in preparation for the fingers and toes to develop. Your baby also has a small tail, which will disappear soon. Muscles and bone tissues are starting to build up and the pituitary gland is developing. The right and left chambers of the heart have separated by this stage and the heart is beating at around 150 times a minute.
Tips for a happy pregnancyThis week is a good time to start thinking about the antenatal tests you will have. It is up to you whether or not to accept the tests offered, but it is a good idea to be aware of what they are and what they are designed to find out. You can find a brief overview of what to expect by clicking here.
You might also want to start thinking about when you will tell friends and family your news. Many people like to keep their pregnancy quiet at this early stage, while others share their news with close friends or family members. When you choose to tell anyone about your pregnancy is for you and your partner to decide, but it is never too early to think about your plans.
Even at this early stage, it is vitally important to eat well and make sure you get a good supply of nutrients to support your baby's growth and development. Take extra care with the preparation of food at this stage, making sure that you wash all fruit and vegetables before cooking or eating them as illness from poor food hygiene could affect your baby's health.
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