7 Weeks Pregnant
At 7 weeks pregnant, although you are at the half of your first trimester, there aren`t any major changes when it comes to the shape of your body. For now, your baby`s sizes are still as small as those of a pea.
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The Child during the 7th Week of Pregnancy
Now you are more preoccupied about the age of your pregnancy. After all, you have 7 weeks of pregnancy or just 5? The answer is both simple and complex. The gestational age of your pregnancy is generally calculated from the first day of your last menstruation, considering that the ovulation and fertilization will take place in the 14th day. This way, the gestational age (the one obtained at ultrasound) is with 2 weeks longer than the period calculated from the moment of conceiving.
In the 7th week of pregnancy (or the 5th week from conceiving) the baby will develop a head and a tale, and instead of the limbs, some small swellings can be noticed. Also, there`ll be 2 folds of tissue which will develop into ears in the area of the head, and the small swellings will evolve into limbs throughout the next stages of embryonic development. Also at this moment, his eyes will start to develop. In the area of the head an opening will appear, which later will develop into his mouth. Last but not least, during this week there`s another aspect worth mentioning that will occur: there are 3 distinct regions that will start to develop forming his brain.
Throughout this week, the embryo will develop even more. The future baby has around 9mm to 14mm in length, and his future heart pumps blood at a rate of 130 to 160 times per minute.
His head will still be a lot larger than the rest of his body. Also, now the placenta becomes more visible, and now the molar pregnancies or ectopic pregnancies can also be detected.
7 Weeks Pregnant: The Mother`s Body
During this week, your body is in a constant change, although these changes still aren`t very easy to notice for now. Although you or other people won`t probably notice, you might gain some weight. Or from the contrary, because of morning sickness which might last during the day, you won`t be able to eat properly and you may lose some weight. This is rather normal, especially if you think that for now you didn`t start to experience any cravings, while your nausea might be pretty strong as your body adapts to the new life growing inside you.
However, gaining weight is inevitable. If you didn`t experience this by now, as your baby grows inside you soon will.
7 Weeks Pregnant Symptoms – During this week, your breasts might increase in size and may become more sensitive due to specific hormonal changes.
Still, if you don`t manage to get rid of morning sickness and you vomit often, without being able to eat, it`s probably best to talk to your doctor. You might have Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a condition characterized by vomiting, weight loss and an imbalance of the substances in your blood.
Mild cases have fast results through regular diet, plenty of rest and some medication against vomits. Sometimes, for more serious cases, hospitalization might be required.
At 7 weeks pregnant, some women might experience conditions that aren`t able to control, while other women may not have any problem to keep them under control. Homeopathic medicine and acupuncture, for mild cases, can be recommended and utilized as optional choices. On the other hand, for more serious cases, this might lead to medications or perfusion to restore the level of water, nutrients, vitamins or electrolytes in the organism. However, you shouldn`t worry! It`s not something so serious that can`t be resolved after a quick talk to your doctor.
Symptoms of Miscarriage at 7 Weeks
If your pregnancy doesn`t develop properly, you may experience certain signs of miscarriage at 7 weeks and you should contact a doctor right away. Some of the most common ones are;
- Emotional disorders – sadness, depression, anxiety, frustration;
- Heavy bleeding;
- Perforation of the uterus;
- Infections and risk of septicemia;
Women who experienced a miscarriage in the past present a risk of 25% to experience another one in a future pregnancy. This can even happen when being 7 weeks pregnant.