Your Pregnancy Week 7

Reviewed by James Brann, MD
Learn about
your symptoms and changes during the 7th week of pregnancy.

Your Baby

By pregnancy week 7 your baby grows in length up to 13 mm! Your baby is now closer to the size of a small raspberry than a kernel of corn!

Changes in Your Growing Baby

This is an important time in the growth and development of your baby. Your baby's facial features start to take shape. If you were to peer at your baby very closely you could actually start seeing a tiny mouth. Inside this mouth your babies tongue is starting to take shape. Your baby's eyes also start taking on a more natural appearance, as the retina begins to shape and form. Your baby's muscle and bone systems continue to develop as well.

Your baby's body is even developing at a rapid pace during 7 weeks of pregnancy. Along with this your baby's intestines, appendix and thin veins start to take shape and form. All the while your baby is happily bouncing about in his warm and cozy nesting place.

Your Body's Development

While you still won't look very pregnant, you will certainly feel pregnant. Your partner may start detecting slight changes in your body at this point in time. By now your favorite jeans are likely a little uncomfortable. If you find you are having trouble buttoning your pants, consider looping a rubber band around the button and through the fastener. This will give you a couple of extra inches and a lot more comfort during the early weeks of pregnancy.
You may start noticing your preferences for certain foods changes. It is quite normal for women to experiencing cravings. Cravings sometimes result when your body is deficient in certain nutrients, so if you are craving fruits and vegetables eat up! Many vegetarians find they eat meat for the first time when pregnant because their bodies crave the iron present in red meat.

Changes in Your Body

Some women at 7 weeks pregnant might develop migraine headaches. As you continue your pregnancy you may notice your headaches increase in intensity. Some women prone to developing migraine headaches experience more headaches than usually. Fortunately many others find their migraine headache symptoms are much better during early pregnancy and throughout their pregnancy. Fortunately most headaches ease up after the first trimester.

Why so many headaches in early pregnancy? Pregnancy headaches including those associated with early pregnancy are largely the result of increasing dilation within the blood vessels in the brain. Remember as you continue your pregnancy your body produces double the blood volume it normally does. This can contribute to headaches as can rapidly fluctuating hormonal levels. Fortunately you can take some Tylenol to relieve headaches during pregnancy.
Other helpful remedies may include meditating, massage and placing cold packs (or even a frozen bag of vegetables) on your head (this can help relieve the throbbing and dilation of your blood vessels). For some women simply lying down in a cool dark room helps alleviate headaches. Others find acupuncture during pregnancy very helpful.

Headaches that are quite sever and come on later during pregnancy may signify other complications including possible preelcampsia or diabetes. Be sure you report any unusual headaches to your doctor. While most headaches are not a sign of something severe, occasionally headaches can be a warning sign that something is awry. With good prenatal care however most headaches, even those resulting from complications can be treated and alleviated very effectively.

Pregnancy Symptoms

At 7 weeks pregnant, you may start to experience a wide range of pregnancy symptoms. Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting) and fatigue are in full swing, and they can make your life truly unbearable. These two pregnancy symptoms are truly the hallmarks of the first trimester, but they'll go away in the middle trimester.

If you're suffering from morning sickness, another strange pregnancy symptom that might plague you is excessive saliva. You might notice that you're producing more saliva than normal, and it's also possible that you're constantly spitting out saliva. This is another normal pregnancy symptom to expect in the first trimester.

A few other symptoms you might notice now include breast tenderness, and crazy mood swings. Your early breast changes might make your breasts sensitive and even painful to touch, and your breasts may even be larger in size. Some women grow one bra size by the end of their first trimester!

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