7 Weeks Pregnant | Pregnancy Week By Week
7 WEEKS PREGNANT
You’re seven weeks pregnant, and while your pregnancy isn’t obvious to others yet (unless they’ve noticed your mad dashes to the bathroom to pee or puke a couple times an hour), there’s a lot going on in that uterus of yours this week.
Your baby is twice as big as it was just a week ago, making it about the size of a blueberry! The baby measures about 0.51 inches in length this week and weighs about 0.03 ounces! That may not seem very big at all, but it’s an amazing amount of growth in a short period of time. Remember, just a few weeks ago your baby was just a microscopic ball of cells!
PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS WEEK 7
By now, at week seven, the pregnancy symptoms are probably hitting you pretty hard. Some days will be tougher to get through than others, but there’s so much of pregnancy you have yet to look forward to such as seeing your baby on the ultrasound for the first time and the awesome feeling of having your organs used as punching bags while you’re trying to sleep. Pregnancy symptoms…easy as pie.
Here are some of the most common pregnancy symptoms in week seven:
- Morning sickness. This is probably the most pronounced symptom you’re experiencing right now. Nausea and vomiting at random times throughout the day makes functioning a lot more difficult for pregnant women. For most women, morning sickness gets much better after the first trimester (around week 12). To cope with it for now, try to stay hydrated, eat light meals that are easy on the stomach, and drink ginger ale or clear sodas (caffeine-free) to help settle your stomach.
- Mood swings. Your hormones are going a bit crazy right now, which can cause you to become an emotional mess. It’s normal and it won’t last forever. Once your hormones level out a bit more (towards the middle of your pregnancy), the mood swings will get a bit better…until after the baby is born and then it’s game on…again.
- Food cravings and aversions. Now is around the time you may start craving certain foods like a specific fruit or pepperoni pizza. Some women even have cravings for weird food combinations like pickles and ice cream (yes, they eat the ice cream with the pickles). You may also discover a sudden aversion to a specific food you’ve always liked before, maybe because now the smell makes you nauseous or you ate it once and threw up so you can’t stomach eating it again.
- Acne. Because your hormones are running rampant, you may suddenly break out like a 12-year-old during puberty. Check with your doctor for pregnancy-safe acne-fighting soaps and treatments.
- Frequent urination. At seven weeks, your uterus has already grown twice its normal size and there is increased blood flow to the pelvic area, which causes you to have to pee more. Wait a few more months and you’ll be having to pee every time the baby moves and puts even the slightest bit of pressure on your bladder!
- Excess saliva. A weird pregnancy symptom, yes. Doctors attribute excess saliva to the rise in hormones. It’s annoying, but it’s normal and won’t hurt the baby.
- Cramping and spotting. At seven weeks pregnant, cramping is normal. There are a lot of changes happening in your uterus so it’s normal to feel some cramping or even stretching and pulling sensations. Spotting is also normal, especially after sex because the cervix is very sensitive right now. If you experience severe cramping or abdominal pain and/or bleeding heavier than a period, get in to see your doctor right away as there may be a concern about ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage.
7 WEEK BABY BUMP
At seven weeks pregnant, it’s still too early to see a baby bump. You have a few more months to go yet before your belly will pop out a bit and be noticeable. For now, revel in the fact that you can still wear your normal clothes because once that bump shows up, it’ll be a long time before you’ll get to wear them again.
This early on, you probably haven’t gained any weight. In fact, you may have lost a bit of weight due to morning sickness. Just make sure you eat well-balanced meals and try to not to go overboard on the junky snacks – they may taste good, but they hold no nutritional benefits for you or the baby.
7 WEEKS PREGNANT ULTRASOUND
Since your first OB appointment is probably still a week or more away, chances are slim that you’ll have an ultrasound at seven weeks, but it also depends on how your doctor does things. Hang in there! You’ll get to see your baby on screen before you know it!
There is a lot of growth happening this week with the baby, though! The basic sections of the brain have formed, and the lungs and digestive system are continuing to develop. Your baby’s facial features are appearing more defined, and tiny little hands are beginning to sprout on the buds of the arms (aww!).
Another exciting development to happen this week is the formation of the umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is the connection between you and your baby that the nutrients and oxygen flow through, which helps your baby’s growth and development.
WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING AT 7 WEEKS PREGNANT?
There’s no need to rush when it comes to preparing for welcoming your baby into the world. You still have plenty of time, so take things slow. Right now, you should be focusing on your pregnancy and making sure both you and the baby are getting the proper nutrients and plenty of rest. Here are a few other things you should be doing at seven weeks pregnant:
- Take prenatal vitamins. You’ll see this mentioned a lot and that’s because it’s important for your baby’s growth and development. Make sure the prenatal vitamins you’re taking have folic acid in them.
- Buy some comfy clothes. While it’s a bit early to start buying maternity clothes, you may want to have some clothes with a bit more stretch on hand. As your baby continues to grow, your body will begin to change and grow with it so you may notice your regular clothes getting a bit tight and uncomfortable. Think of the new comfy clothes as the transition stage between regular clothes and maternity clothes.
- Make a list of questions. If you haven’t already, you should make a list of questions to ask your doctor at your first appointment. You’ll want to know what over-the-counter medicines are safe to take, what foods you should avoid, activities or sports you should put on hold while pregnant, and anything else you’re unsure about.
- Sam C's Editorial Team