At 7 weeks pregnant, the basic sections of your baby’s brain have developed. The buds of your baby’s limbs have also formed, and even your baby’s eyes, ears and nose have begun to appear. During the first trimester, you might experience headaches and the urge to pee more often. However, despite these pesky pregnancy symptoms, this is an exciting time and our pregnancy calendar is here to guide you through the major milestones along the way. Let’s jump right in with some of the most important things happening this week.
7 Weeks Pregnant -Your Baby’s Development
Check out some of the ways your baby is developing this week:
- Brain sections develop. Although brain development will continue until long after birth, the basic sections have formed by now. As the week progresses, this organ will divide into three parts: forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. The forebrain will be responsible for things like reasoning, problem solving, and forming and retaining memories. The midbrain will relay electrical signals to their final destinations in the brain. The hindbrain will take care of breathing, heart rate, and muscle movement.
- Features appear. Your baby’s eyes, ears and nose begin to develop. Her eyelids form, but remain closed. Buds that will later be her limbs are growing fast, and there are paddle-like hands and feet forming, too.
7 Weeks Pregnant – Your Symptoms
At this early stage of pregnancy, you might be wondering how far along you are and when your baby is due. These are some of the pregnancy symptoms you might be experiencing:
Headaches. The pregnancy hormones that may be giving you morning sickness can also be responsible for headaches. Headaches during pregnancy can also be triggered by fatigue, hunger, and physical or emotional stress. You could try drinking more water, resting more often, and snacking regularly to prevent headaches.
Frequent urination. Increased blood volume and hormonal changes during pregnancy trigger the kidneys to expand and to produce more urine, while your growing uterus also puts extra pressure on your bladder. All of this means you might be running to the bathroom more often. Instead of cutting back on fluids, make an effort to drink plenty.
- Plus, these tips could help reduce frequent urination during the first month of pregnancy and beyond:
- Lean forward while peeing to completely empty your bladder.
- Practice Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
- Avoid carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, chocolates, and spicy foods as these can irritate the bladder.
- Drink less water right before bed to avoid night-time visits to the bathroom, but stay very well-hydrated during the day.
Sometimes frequent urination can be a sign of a urinary tract infection, so if your urine has blood in it, if you feel a burning sensation while peeing or have a tender lower abdomen, or if you have the urge to pee but only pass a few drops, then consult your doctor immediately.
7 Weeks Pregnant: Your Checklist
Keep drinking plenty of water, despite all those trips to the restroom
Make sure any meat you eat is well cooked
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- Keep drinking plenty of water, despite all those trips to the restroom
- Make sure any meat you eat is well cooked