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10 weeks pregnant - what to expect

Your uterus is the size of a large orange now, and your baby is around 3cm long.

Week 10 infographic.

What does my baby look like?

If you could see their little face, you would see an upper lip and two miniscule nostrils in their nose.

Your baby’s eyes can already react to light. Their eyelids are half-closed and will shut completely in a few days.

Their jawbone is developing and already contains all their milk teeth.

An ultrasound scan at this stage would show your baby making little, jerky movements.

Your symptoms - what to expect

Feeling a bit bloated?

Your digestive system is slowing down and this can make you feel bloated or give you indigestion and heartburn.

Have a headache, feel dizzy or suffering from cramps and hot flashes?

Find out more about 10 common pregnancy complaints (and how to avoid them).

“I had terrible morning sickness with my baby girl, but felt even worse if I didn't eat anything. I ate porridge because it was the least gross thing (for me) to vomit up - TMI no doubt.” Rachael, mum of one

Noticed more vaginal discharge?

Your body is full of surprises in pregnancy, some more embarrassing than others.

A slight increase in discharge/fluid during pregnancy is normal. You may find that it is a mild-smelling, milky fluid, which is fine. Your body creates discharge to help prevent infections travelling up the vagina to the womb. Pretty darn clever!

However, if you have green, yellow or brown discharge - or if you’re bleeding - you should contact your midwife. Find out more about vaginal discharge.

Actions to take

It’s likely that you’ve now had your booking appointment! If not, don’t worry. Your booking visit will usually happen when you are between eight and 12 weeks pregnant.

If you haven’t had yours yet, remember to ask your midwife for your free prescriptions form (FW8) so you can apply for an NHS ‘maternity exemption’ certificate.

Were you left with any unanswered questions?

  • For more information, you can visit our page about the booking appointment; or
  • Type your question into our search bar to view our pregnancy information; or
  • Ask one of our midwives who is here to support you from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You can contact them on our Facebook page or by email.

In the next few weeks, you will have your first ultrasound scan!

The first scan can be an emotional experience as you will see your baby for the first time.

It also:

  • Confirms the estimated due date by looking at your baby's size
  • Can see if you're having more than one baby
  • May be used with a nuchal translucency scan to check the risk of the baby having Down's syndrome, Edward's Syndrome and Patau's Syndrome.

Pregnancy myths

Flying, dying your hair and sex during pregnancy? We reveal the truth behind 10 of the most misunderstood pregnancy myths. Hint: a little nookie will do you no harm.

Discover the 10 most common pregnancy myths.

 

Sources

1. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape, p. 206

2. http://e.informationserviceforparents.nhs.uk/interface/external_view_email.php?AF10738097901340363&varId=

3. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. NHS choices 2013; accessed online at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close on 07.05.2015  (last reviewed: 17th February 2015; next review 17th February 2017)

4. Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape, p. 158

5. NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant. NHS choices 2013; accessed online at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close on 07.05.2015  (last reviewed: 17th February 2015; next review 17th February 2017)

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Last reviewed on April 1st, 2015. Next review date April 1st, 2018.

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