Your physical changes this week
You may be noticing an outbreak of pimples caused by pregnancy hormones.
You may find you’re especially sensitive to the heat, and want to strip off layers of clothing the first chance you get. This is due to the extra circulating blood volume in your body and the hormonal "power surges" common in the early weeks.
You may feel a bit of "thickening" around your middle even though it's not until after week 12 of pregnancy that your uterus will be lifting out of your pelvis. Some women gain a few pounds in the first trimester and others lose weight, it's purely individual.
You might be feeling really tired all the time and no amount of sleep seems to make a difference. This is a common symptom of early pregnancy, but by the end of the 1st trimester your normal energy levels will return.
Your emotional changes this week
If you have friends who are trying to conceive who haven’t been successful, you might feel a bit guilty. Be sensitive to their feelings, but try not to minimize your own excitement.
The reality of being pregnant may hit you this week. You might worry about how you could possibly be a parent and the idea of raising a small child to adulthood is completely daunting. Try to just deal with one day at a time and have confidence in your own abilities. Speak with your mom or other women in your life who've had children and probably had the same feelings.
Your baby's changes this week
The back of her head is growing faster than the front. Her mouth and tongue are starting to form, along with arms and legs. So far, they still look like paddles flapping around from the side of her chest. As the weeks progress, they’ll become more defined.
So much of your baby's growth is concentrated on her brain this week that around 100 new brain cells are forming every minute! It's no wonder you're feeling hungry; all that growth needs energy from food to support it.
Your baby's sex glands are starting to form when you are 7 weeks pregnant, but it's still way too early to tell if your baby is a boy or a girl on ultrasound.
Your baby's kidneys are where they need to be this week, but they haven’t started filtering the baby's blood just yet. They will soon start producing urine which will form a good percentage of the amniotic fluid baby is going to float around in for the next 7 months or so.
Hints for the week
Consider eating more ginger. Many women say that ginger candy, ginger ale, or ginger lozenges help to settle a queasy tummy. Eat small snacks often and avoid too much time between meals. Don’t be concerned if you don’t want coffee or black tea this week. A lot of women say these are the first of many aversions they develop through their pregnancy. Try herbal or peppermint tea instead, or sip on ice water.
Stock up on salty foods. Many women crave salty, vinegary foods at this time and, when eaten as a snack, they can be tolerated more easily than a heavy meal. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and vitamin B-6.
Week 8 is next.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.