May 4, 2010
Your Baby In Week 7
Both the hand plates and the genital tubercle are present this week, but you can’t tell whether it’s a boy or a girl by sight at this point. Nasal pits are also forming. In your womb, your little one has already become active swimming around inside the amniotic sac and kicking. However, as he’s much too small and well-cushioned by the uterus and the new amniotic fluid you won’t be able to feel him yet. But don’t worry. In a few months you’ll be able to feel him constantly.
This week your little one is undergoing some extraordinary changes and developments. The head, heart, spinal cord, and some of the larger blood vessels begin to form. As these blood vessels form, the heart begins to pump fluid through them, and your little one’s first red blood cells are created. Your little one is about 7 – 9 mm or 0.27 – 0.35 inches in length, (approximately the size of a grain of rice), and weighs about 1/30 of an ounce – less than a breath mint.
Your little one’s brain, bladder, tongue and esophagus are all developing and transforming, while his eyes are moving to the front of the face and his tiny eyelids are forming. The bones of his tiny limbs have started to form and all of your little one’s major organs – heart, intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs and pancreas — are forming and growing. In fact, your little one actually goes through 3 sets of kidneys during development with this week’s development, being the second set.
Your Body In Week 7
You’re supposed to be “eating for two” but instead, it’s hard for you to swallow water. As a result, you’re “praying to the porcelain god for two.” Morning sickness can leave a pregnant chick exhausted, weak and wondering what on earth she got herself into. Don’t throw in the towel just yet, here’s how to cope:
There are a whole bunch of tricks that pregnant women swear help to reduce nausea caused by morning sickness … such as sucking on lemon drops or any other hard candy.
Sometimes certain foods can help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Also, blaming your partner for everything has been known to comfort many women in the throes of nausea.
Even if you’re experiencing frequent vomiting, try not to worry, as your little one needs very little nourishment this early in the pregnancy. Good thing, since all you’ve eaten today is two boxes of saltines.
If you’re noticing weight loss or dehydration, you could have hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that occurs very infrequently. Check with your doctor.