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10 weeks pregnant – all you need to know

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 in week 10?

If you could see their face, you would now be able to 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.

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Your pregnancy symptoms in week 10

Indigestion and heartburn

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

Are you having cramps?

It’s not unusual to have period-type cramps in early pregnancy as the fetus settles into the wall of the womb. This can also cause spotting. Although it is likely to be harmless, see a doctor if you have any bleeding.

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).

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.

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.

What to do in week 10

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 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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? 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
  • man 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? Find the answers behind 10 of the most misunderstood pregnancy myths. 

Discover the 10 most common pregnancy myths.

 

Sources

Lennart Nilsson (2009) A Child is Born, Johnathan Cape

NHS choices (2013). You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant.  http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/pregnancy-weeks-9-10-11-12.aspx#close  (Page last reviewed: 31/03/2017 Next review due: 31/03/2020)

 

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Last reviewed on June 25th, 2018. Next review date June 25th, 2021.

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  • By Sheila (not verified) on 6 Nov 2018 - 05:15

    I'm 10weeks and am having pain on right side of the lower tummy the pain comes in the night. And am worried

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Nov 2018 - 15:33

    Hi Sheila, Thank you for your comment.

    At 10 weeks it could be that you are experiencing round ligament pain. This is where all the ligaments and muscles are starting to stretch as the pregnancy grows. If you are concerned about this then you can always see you GP who will be able to give you further reassurance. If you have severe abdominal pain or bleeding then we would suggest that you seek medical advice as soon as you can. Hope this helps, take care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By amaka (not verified) on 25 Jul 2018 - 20:56

    hi please am i my first trimester but suffer metalic taste in my mouth daily.. i can hadly drink water cos it doesnt taste well..i dont know if this will ever end

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 26 Jul 2018 - 12:51

    Hi Amaka
    That is a very normal symptom of pregnancy and it will soon pass. I know it is not very pleasant. Try flavoring your water with fruit or fruit juice/squash.
    All the best
    Sophie Tommy's Midwife

  • By Natalie (not verified) on 24 Jul 2018 - 13:37

    Hi
    I am 10+5 (by LMP) and have my 12 week scan in for next week at 12+1. I had a missed miscarriage in Feb, where the baby’s heart couldn’t be detected at 6 weeks. I had a scan a “reassurance scan” at 7 weeks exactly, although the baby was measuring a few days less (I’m 100% sure of my dates) there was a heartbeat and the sonographer seemed pretty happy with things. I’m terrified of going to the 12 week scan and learning that the heartbeat has since stopped. I just don’t think I can go through that again. I’ve had some cramping, particularly on the right side, but nothing crippling. Is there anything to reassure me that the baby is okay? I still have plenty of pregnancy symptoms (tiredness, sore boobs, nausea).

  • By Alice (not verified) on 18 Jun 2018 - 12:53

    Hiya so i had an internal scan and baby was fine but they couldnt get exact mesurements
    So they said i was 7 weeks gone but my tummy is showing alreading and im having a lot of symtoms that happend in the second trimester so im very confused do some pregnancy symtoms happen earlier then others ????
    This is my first so im a little out of my depth .
    Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 21 Jun 2018 - 16:20

    Dear Alice,
    It does sound a like confusing however even though they were unable to get exact measurements (I am unsure why though) then they will have been able to see the baby on scan at 7 weeks' gestation and would be able to have a good idea as to how many weeks you are. When you have your dating scan at 12 weeks this will be the most accurate time to date your pregnancy.
    Pregnancy symptoms can differ between women and between pregnancies so please try not to worry that your symptoms are different this time round. If we can support you further then please do be in touch.
    Best wishes
    Tommy's mdiwife

  • By ZD (not verified) on 12 Jun 2018 - 13:13

    Hi, this is my first pregnancy and I’m 10 weeks. I had really bad nausea from 6 weeks onwards and was vomittig every night during weeks 8 and 9. In the beginning I would feel sick all day and couldn’t eat or drink much so my Dr recommended an anti sickness medicine. It’s made a massive difference and I’m actually eating solids now, although I still get food aversions. I can still feel my nausea creeping up though as if it is stuck inside because of the medicine. Also since 8 weeks onwards I tend to feel fine during the day and my nausea kicks up at the same time in the evening everyday. Is it normal to be nauseous during the evenings as opposed to the morning? Also how would I know the nausea is over as I’m taking anti sickness medicine. Would I need to skip a day of medicine to see if I’m still getting sickness? Just waiting eagerly for this sickness phase to be over!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Jun 2018 - 11:57

    Hi ZD
    I am glad to hear that the anti-sickness tablets are helping. Sickness should pass from 12 weeks onwards as you enter the 2nd trimester.
    Nausea and sickness can strike at any time of the day in pregnancy- everyone experiences a different pregnancy and so some experience it more at night than in the day. You can expect to wean yourself off the tablets after the 2nd trimester starts and re-assess with your midwife and Dr. It's likely that you wont need them beyond then anyway!
    Sophie,Tommy's Midwife

  • By Justina (not verified) on 7 Apr 2018 - 23:02

    Hi I man 9 weeks and 2days my concern is me urine a lot a night ever 10min I barely can get rest I don't drink all the time just wondering if its safe

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 9 Apr 2018 - 15:59

    Hi, Although it is common to need to pass urine more when pregnant, this seems excessive and I would suggest it is possible that you have a urinary tract infection (UTI). I would suggest that you see your doctor for advice. Also suggested that you drink plenty of water. Cranberry juice is also advised. Until symptoms ease it is also recommended that you avoid intercourse. Hope this helps.

  • By Mk (not verified) on 5 Apr 2018 - 17:01

    This is my second pregnancy for 10 weeks i have strong hip pain sometimes in left leg but last time i was more active and no hip pain i enjoyed pregnancy but this time it is very hard to sleep and walk

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Apr 2018 - 12:55

    Hi,
    I am sorry to hear that you are in pain at the moment, if this is on going then it may help to be referred to a physiotherapist, this can be done by your midwife or GP. Doing some light gentle exercise where you can is great, but I understand that you are in discomfort however swimming or aqua natal can be great to get the exercise but also be supported by the water.
    Best wishes, Tommy's midwives

  • By Chel (not verified) on 7 Jan 2018 - 09:18

    Hiya I'm 10 weeks and 2 days with my second I had a very good pregnancy with my first right up to the end and had starting of preeclampsia he's now 8 month health . But I feel completely different to the first pregnancy constantly feel sick feel empty inside and out . Just scared of chances of getting preeclampsia but my midwife said there's a chance I might not get it again is this true .

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 8 Jan 2018 - 16:45

    Yes this is quite true. Each pregnancy is different and this time you may have no problems. You will however be monitored closely in order to ensure that any early signs of pre-eclampsia are picked up and hopefully this will reassure you. Best wishes

  • By Charlene (not verified) on 29 Dec 2017 - 22:23

    I've been having horrible morning sickness, I am literally living on slice toast and packet of crisps a day. How can this be healthy? I'm currently 10wks. I just want to do whats right for baby

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 3 Jan 2018 - 14:58

    Hi Charlene. I am so sorry to hear what a rough time you are having with nausea and vomiting. I know this is really very hard for you. Below is a link to our pages about Hyperemesis Gravidarum. If you are still suffering with this very badly, then please do take yourself into your local maternity unit for review by a midwife and obstetric doctor. Many women with this will need iv fluids and anti sickness medication and inpatient stays if you are really very unwell for monitoring. So please do take good care of yourself and get help if you are still suffering. Sending my best, Tommy's Midwife

    https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/im-pregnant/pregnancy-news-and-blogs/new-rcog-guidelines-outline-treatments-pregnancy-sickness

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 Dec 2017 - 18:33

    Hi, I am now 10 weeks 5 days pregnant. I had an early reassurance/dating scan privately when I thought I was 9 weeks. I had to have a trans-vaginal, the sonographer told me I was actually 8 weeks based on the baby's measurements. So I was a week out. I could see tiny little budlings looked a bit like chicken wings - of arms/legs but, the videos online show a baby to already have its arms and legs properly formed by 8 weeks. So I am worried about healthy development. I have an NHS scan next week, so I am anxious to see more development of healthy limbs etc. Can you reassure me at all? Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Dec 2017 - 12:46

    HI, Thank you for our comment.

    If there was any concern about your baby's development then this may have shown in the scan that you had. At this stage, you can only see the buds of the arms and legs as the baby is so small. If you have been watching computer generated videos on the internet then you will be able to see limbs more clearly because they have been made to look this way, but on an ultrasound scan the image is much more grainier, this doesn't mean there is a problem. Try not to be worried about your next scan, it is only natural to be concerned about things in pregnancy but if you are maintaining a health lifestyle, eating well and taking some exercise then you are giving your pregnancy the best start. Hope all goes well at your next scan. Take Care, Tommy's Midwives x

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 31 Aug 2017 - 15:35

    Hi,

    The only symptoms i have had during my pregnancy is sore breasts. I am now 10.5 weeks and this symptom has completely gone. Should i be concerned?

    Thanks

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Sep 2017 - 11:49

    No don't be concerned. It is perfectly ok to have no symptoms in early pregnancy and is nothing to worry about. Best wishes

  • By Katherine (not verified) on 15 Aug 2018 - 22:50

    Hello I have no nausea or any other symptoms just feeling tired good to hear you are not the only one , Dr says not to worry I am 10 weeks and have had 2 scans that showed all ok . I wish I had morning sickness it would make me feel normal i can't wait to have my next scan in about 3 weeks

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 8 Dec 2017 - 18:38

    Hi,

    I am also not having many symptoms. I have been told by the midwife its completely normal. Everyone is different, and every pregnancy is different. I have only had aversions to food and smells, so bad I feel its difficult to cook meals. I have had cravings and obsessions over certain foods. I completely hate coffee and eggs. No prolonged sickness, not much of the sore breasts that most women complain of. I have been tired and peeing a lot more. If it was not for the tests, and early scan I had, I would not believe I was pregnant. So although it seems odd to you, its nothing to worry about. Take care and best wishes!

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 13 Dec 2017 - 12:52

    Hi, Thank you for your comment.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences, you are right, every woman experiences pregnancy symptoms differently. Hope you are feeling well and all is well with your pregnancy. Best Wishes, Tommy's Midwives x

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