Pregnancy Week by Week – Week 10

Find out more about the baby’s size and development!

The baby’s growth is occuring at a more rapid pace. Many organs are functioning. Mothers are busy choosing care providers to support them during pregnancy and birth.

As you enter Week Ten of pregnancy, you may be interested to learn about the baby’s growth and changes as you near the end of your first trimester.

What is happening with Your Baby?

The baby is now anywhere from 3-5 centimeters long and weighs about 4 grams in this week of pregnancy. The baby’s growth is now increasing at a more rapid pace.

The baby’s liver is now producing its own glycogen during Week 10. Believe it or not, the baby, as small as he or she still is, actually has fingernails and toe nails that appear at the tips of their toes and fingers this week!

What is happening with You?

By Week 10, your uterus has grown to the size of an orange to accomodate the beginnings of the baby’s more rapid growth.

You may still be experiencing some morning sickness, but hopefully relief is on the way!

Don’t be surprised if you start noticing more prominent veins in the your legs, tummy, breasts, and even your face. Don’t be surprised either if you start noticing nose bleeds and bleeding gums when you floss or brush your teeth! Your body is producing a lot more blood flow, which can cause all these crazy side effects

It’s not too soon to begin interviewing care providers. Some mothers may confirm their pregnancies with blood tests and even begin prenatal testing with one provider and then realize that their philosophy about pregnancy or birth issues do not coincide. The first and second trimesters are the easiest time to make a switch from one care provider to another.

Be sure to read Questions to Ask and Midwife or Obstetrician to guide you in your selection process.

To Do List:

Be sure to continue avoiding all harmful substances.

Take prenatal vitamins and eat healthy foods.

Select a care provider to deliver your baby. For more information, see the Questions to Ask form and the article on comparing Midwives to Obstetricians.

Research all prenatal tests you may be considering.

To learn about Week Eleven of Pregnancy, click here.