What to expect at 10 weeks pregnant
Yay, you and your baby have made it to double digits – and much of the critical development is now complete! How crazy is that considering your baby is just over an inch long! But this won’t last long because they are now growing at a seriously rapid rate.
The webbing on the fingers and toes is now gone, and limbs can now bend with the elbows, wrists, knees and ankles now formed. The ears and ear canals inside your baby’s head are also starting to form. Your baby’s external sex organs are now present too however they’re still a little too tiny to be detected just yet – not long to go and you can find out the sex (if you want to)!
How you’re feeling
By this week your uterus is bigger than a grapefruit and so you might be starting to find some of your pre-pregnancy clothes are a little snug or uncomfortable. Bras can also start to feel tight and restrictive as your breasts increase in size preparing for lactation and eventually breastfeeding so if you haven’t already it might be time to switch to maternity bras or bras without underwire.
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If you’re not feeling your best there’s nothing like a little retail therapy to pep yourself up – so why not hit the shops mama! While you probably don’t want to go dropping too much cash on maternity gear just yet (there’s plenty of time for maternity jeans down the track), there’s nothing like some new clothes to make you feel good when you’re not feeling your best.
Floaty dresses and tops can be a good way to hide a burgeoning bump fairly easily at this stage – and comfortable bras (did we mention ditch the underwire) can be life-changing. Or if you don’t want to commit to new clothes just yet, you can buy waistband extenders for jeans and pants or belly bands that go over your jeans so no one can tell you can’t do the buttons up – or a simple hairband looped around the button also does the trick!
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Dr Christine Catling, a midwife for over 25 years, is the Director of Midwifery Studies at UTS. She believes research, innovation and good quality midwifery are pivotal to the well-being of mothers and young families. Christine has extensive experience in antenatal education, policy development and research, and has published on workforce issues, homebirth, vaginal birth...
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