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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) here.

“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 here.

Actions to take

Free prescriptions

At your booking appointment, ask your midwife for your free prescriptions form (FW8) so you can apply for an NHS 'maternity exemption' certificate.  A midwife will need to sign it so you can get your prescriptions free of charge.

Can I dye my hair while I’m pregnant?

Yep. Research (although limited) shows it’s fine to dye your hair. You’d need to use seriously high doses of chemicals to cause harm (much more than needed to colour your hair).

Find out 10 common pregnancy myths here.

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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