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Week by week pregnancy guide: Week 7 of your pregnancy

Your baby's digestive system has started to work, placenta is developed and your baby's liver is making red blood cells too. So much work for your little one.

Written by Debjani Arora |Updated : December 14, 2014 4:32 PM IST

Week 7 of your pregnancy By now you surely have all your first test reports the blood test, urine test and also the report of your first antenatal scan in place. You feel delighted because you are now sure about your pregnancy and feel generally under the weather because hormonal havoc is at its best now. Also read about the important tests that need to be done during the first trimester.

Changes that happen to your body

On the surface still there isn't much to say about your pregnancy except the physiological changes that are happening inside you. Pregnancy symptoms can be at its peak now. If morning sickness is not bugging you enough then you must be plain lucky. But other symptoms like extreme fatigue, heartburn, backache, cramps and frequent urination can trouble you.

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The only physical change till now would be the obvious breast changes. Your breasts would be swollen and full by now, in preparation for the breastfeeding phase.

Now that a lot of hCG or human Chorionic Gonadotropin hormone is secreted in the body more food aversions, sensitivity to smell, fatigue and constipation can be expected. Remember you might not even experience all of these symptoms and sail smoothly through your first trimester. There isn't a reason to lose sleep over if the pregnancy symptoms don't show up with a vengeance. Know about things you need to do during the first trimester of your pregnancy.

Development of your baby

The previous week saw your baby show the start of the facial features developing. This week, the facial features get more distinct. Also the hands and legs start to protrude out even more. The vital organs like the kidneys, liver, heart, intestine, pancreas and the appendix have developed at an exponential pace, and now your baby's digestive system is almost formed.

Soon the kidneys will start to do their function too, mostly by the end of the week and the newly formed liver has already started to churn out red blood cells. The developing pancreas will start to produce insulin that would aid digestion.

The teeth and tongue also starts to form inside the mouth though they aren't visible yet. Your baby now has its own blood type too.

By week seven your baby's whole skeletal system is in place. But technically your baby is still an embryo measuring somewhere up to 13mm. By now the placenta develops to keep the baby safe and sound inside the womb along with minute hair-like projections called the villi which help in the nutrition and nourishment exchange between the mother and the baby. Also the umbilical cord shows its presence which now has distinct blood vessels and helps in oxygen and nutrition exchange for the baby through the placenta.

What you should do

  • By now you might be feeling that pregnancy is really tiring and challenging even without the presence of your baby-bump. Be rest assured that by the end of 14 weeks most of these symptoms will be gone and you would gain back some of your strength and vigor. Till then concentrate your energies in keeping yourself stress-free and relaxed.
  • Eat a balanced diet and include foods from all food groups. Keep yourself well hydrated as this will help you to deal with morning sickness, heartburn and constipation problems. If food makes you feel queasy have sips of nutritious health drinks at regular interval. Know about the healthy drinks you can have during pregnancy. However, you need to eat adequately to meet your caloric requirements so keep your meals spaced out and include lots of greens, fruits and nuts.
  • Be regular with your antenatal vitamins, folic acid, calcium and iron pills. Deficiency of these nutrients can lead to adverse consequences in the baby.
  • Avoid too much pressure on the abdomen with your daily chores and exercises; remember the first three months are crucial for the fetal development and any untoward activity can lead to an unpleasant outcome.
  • If you have learnt of your pregnancy now, stay away from sex till the end of your first trimester.

If you wish to know what happened to your body while you reached here. Read about the first four weeks of your pregnancy. Also read about the crucial developments of week 5 and week 6 of your pregnancy.

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