So now that you are one week shy of turning two months pregnant, you should expect more changes that will occur to your gestating body in the next several weeks. When you’re 7 weeks pregnant, it means that you’re over the half of the first trimester of your pregnancy. You may not notice it yet but your body is about to undergo many major changes in order to accommodate the fast-growing baby in your womb. For most women, these changes can only be observed locally. The growing embryo continues to develop more vital organs including a more complex nervous system and digestive tract. It is very important to follow your doctor’s schedule of follow-up examinations and checkups since the first trimester is very crucial for your baby’s growth and development.
If you’re a heavy smoker, it is imperative that you cut down and eventually quit the unhealthy habit for your baby’s sake. The same goes for massive alcohol consumption. Alcohol crosses the placenta and it is during the first trimester that your baby is very much at risk to developing fetal alcohol syndrome. If you don’t know it yet, fetal alcohol syndrome results in neural plate malformation and a child is prone to developing spinal lesions and spina bifida. So living healthy is a must if you’re 7 weeks pregnant and beyond. At this stage, your pregnancy symptoms such as increased vaginal discharge and morning sickness still continues to aggravate, but if your routine upchuck turns into something as grave as hyperemesis gravidarum or excessive vomiting, you should definitely consult your obstetrician about it. Frequent vomiting may signal other underlying conditions that may or may not be related to your pregnancy.
Once again, eating for two should not be your mantra. You just have to eat right and enough, and increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables, fish, poultry, milk, and for red meat, eat servings sparingly. Take your pregnancy multivitamins such as calcium and folic acid food supplements. Remember, your baby is still developing its vital organs so it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle and diet. Intake of medications other than your prescribed multivitamins especially when you are 7 weeks pregnant should be taken with doctor’s supervision. Most medications such as anti-depressants, anti-TB drugs, and those that are used as maintenance for hypertension, diabetes, and cardiac problems cross the placenta. These medications can pose serious adverse effects for your baby if they are not taken with proper medical advice.
Your doctor may have to procure a better and safer alternative if intake of maintenance medications during pregnancy cannot be avoided. Most women get very excited about finally conceiving a child that they are anxious to determine the sex of the baby at this time. Unfortunately, since your unborn bundle of joy is still on its physical developmental milestones, determining whether your child is a boy or girl would still not be possible at only seven weeks.
The Wolfian or Mullerian duct which turns into gonads and physical sex organs are not yet fully developed, so even the most advanced 3D ultrasound technology would not be able to tell you to purchase pink or blue essentials for your child. Wait until the end of the first trimester and sex determination will be a piece of cake. Your baby is around 2 centimeters in length and still looks like a jelly bean, but the tadpole’s tale that is its spinal cord and coccyx gradually shortens until it disappears into the baby’s lower back.
Your baby also starts to grow a tongue, some internal organs, and hair. But human hair at this point is downy soft in texture and is called lanugo. The baby also starts to grow legs, and the joints start to develop especially in the elbows and knees. As for the weight, well, your baby is presently as light as a pill. As for the placenta, this is a tissue that resembles a pancake which provides the avenue for nourishment while your baby is still in your womb. It is rich in blood and capillaries and it is attached to the child through the umbilical cord. Everything that comes from the mother, oxygen, nutrients, etc. passes through the placenta. That’s why it is very important to heed the advice of your doctor before you take any medication.
At this point, the baby floats in the amniotic fluid. The sac filled with the said fluid acts as a cushion and medium that will keep the baby hydrated and moving. Nerves, muscles, and the sense organs are starting to develop as well.
As for you, a loss of a few pounds due to constant morning sickness and vomiting is easily observable. It is normal to experience weight loss at this point, that’s why you need to eat more nutritious food choices and live a healthier lifestyle. Since you can hardly keep anything down because of vomiting, you may try taking small frequent meals all throughout the day instead of taking three big meals. Try to steer clear of junk food and nibbles that are high in sodium, sugar, and empty calories. Sushi is definitely a big no-no during the 7th week and all throughout the pregnancy.
You can’t afford to get food poisoning of protein origin from raw fish. If you have a pet cat at home, have it immunized so you’ll be free of any risk from toxoplasmosis. Congratulations on your 7th week of pregnancy. Motherhood is a beautiful thing that’s not for everyone. You’re very fortunate to conceive, so take care of your body and your baby. Now is not the time to get sick or risk having a spontaneous abortion. You can still continue your exercise routine but try to be more careful this time. No rigorous exercise or long walks for now. After the first trimester, you can return to your long walks and maybe take up Lamaze class or yoga with your spouse or partner so you can relax and prepare for a relaxed, and less stressful delivery. Good luck!