7 Weeks Pregnant
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Your Baby at 7 WeeksSize: 0.5 inches (1.3 cm)
Weight: less than 1 gram
At seven weeks gestation, your little one is really starting to show signs of growth. Just looking at his facial features alone, we can start to see eye coloring, eye lids, and a bit of the tip of the nose. The eyes are still set far apart, giving the baby a fish-like appearance for the time being.
The baby still has the appearance of a tail at this age, but it is becoming less and less prominent. At the ends of the arms and legs, fingers and toes are now discernible, but they may appear webbed like a duck's feet. Not to worry! The fingers and toes will become more apparent as the weeks go on and baby has more time to grow and develop.
Your baby is still considered an embryo at this point, and it's important to remember that it is still a very sensitive time for your baby's development. There are still many organs and structures under construction, so be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself from exposure to chemicals and toxins.
Mom at 7 Weeks PregnantFeeling a little out of sorts? Are you grumpy or weepy? You are not alone! Many women begin to feel agitated and emotional as their pregnancy journey continues. Your body is going through so many drastic changes that it may seem like you aren't really sure what is considered normal as far as your emotional well-being. It's important to discuss your feelings with a close friend, your partner, or your physician for reassurance. Many times just talking about your emotions will put you at ease.
Are you feeling elated? That's normal, too! While some women suffer from emotional mood swings, others are blessed with a renewed sense of happiness and excitement. Enjoy this special time by taking inventory of all of the wonderful things that are happening to you and your family as you prepare for your baby's impending birth. It may only be week 7, but your due date will be here before you know it!
Exercising during pregnancy has been linked to healthy deliveries and healthier babies. Are you getting enough exercise? What exercises are best for newly pregnant moms? What if you are feeling too sick to exercise? Discuss these issues with your physician to get the most accurate information on how to stay physically fit safely during pregnancy.
If you have managed to avoid morning sickness up until this point, consider yourself very fortunate! While not all mothers-to-be will feel the tell-tale symptoms of "morning" sickness many will feel at least one of the following:
- Heart Burn
It is still very early in your pregnancy. Many women hear the old saying, "You are eating for two," and think it gives them the, "All clear!" to go ahead and drastically increase their daily calorie consumption. Keep in mind that your little one is still only the size of a blueberry and needs very few extra calories at this point. Try to keep your calorie intake for the day no more than 100 calories more than what was necessary before you became pregnant. Gaining more than 5 pounds this early is a sign that you need to reconsider your eating habits.
If you have been feeling nauseated and haven't been unable to eat much of anything, discuss this with your doctor. Losing a few pounds this early in pregnancy is not uncommon, but it's still important to keep yourself very well hydrated. If holding down solid food is an issue, try taking small sips of liquids. Being dehydrated has been linked to premature labor, so do your best to keep up your intake of liquids.
To tell, or not to tell. Whether or not you share your news with friends or family at this time is up to you. Some women prefer to keep the news quiet until the first trimester has passed, while others share as soon as possible. No matter what, talk it over with your partner or a trusted friend before you go public.