7 Weeks Pregnant

Calculating Your Pregnancy

This is the last reminder on how pregnancy is calculated.  In case you are just joining with tracking your pregnancy, this is information on how your pregnancy is calculated. Many people have a challenge trying to figure out when they conceived, how far along they are and when their baby is due. The first day of your last menstrual period is date used for estimating your date of conception, your due date and how far along you are.  Pregnancy is tracked from this day even though conception occurs approximately two weeks later.  Many people discover that they are pregnant at about the time they miss their period (approximately 4 weeks after the LMP) and get told that they are four weeks along when in your mind you know conception happened about two weeks ago.  That is because pregnancy is tracked from the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP).

7 Weeks Pregnant – How big is your baby?

At 7 weeks pregnant, your developing baby is just under ¾ of an inch long.  your baby weighs less than an Advil.*

7 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for my baby

My baby’s insides are growing and what is amazing is that the hair, eyelids, tongue and nipple follicles are already beginning to grow.  Additionally, the elbows and toes are become more recognizable as the body become straighter.*

7 Weeks Pregnant – Changes for me

Although your body has started to change most people will not even know you are pregnant.  Similarly, the scale will probably reflect a couple pounds, but you are probably not showing.  Don’t be surprised to experience nausea which is usually referred to as morning sickness.  You may also be experiencing other early pregnancy symptoms.*

7 Weeks Pregnant – Planning this week

One of the first decisions you need to make is to select a healthcare provider.  Although some people may use their family practitioner, it is more common to choose between an obstetrician or a midwife.  It is also helpful to look into what is involved with your first prenatal visit.

Morning sickness is experienced by the majority of pregnant mothers.  In most cases, it is experienced throughout the first trimester and begins to subside as you move into the second trimester.  Some times morning sickness can be accompanied by vomiting.  If this occurs with any regularity, it is important to check with your healthcare provider to make sure that your baby is getting the nutrients needed for healthy development.  Severe morning sickness with consistent vomitting may be the results of a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum.

7 Weeks Pregnant – Health Tips

Since most people experience morning sickness, we wanted to provide you with a few tips for managing morning sickness:

  • Eat small meals often.
  • Eat soda crackers 15 minutes before getting up in the morning.
  • Get plenty of rest and nap during the day.
  • Sniff lemons or ginger, drink lemonade, or eat watermelon to relieve nausea.
  • Eat salty potato chips ( They have been found to settle stomachs enough to allow you to eat a meal.)
  • Do not skip meals or lie down after eating.
  • Do not cook or eat spicy food.
  • Take Vitamin B6 (50mg) daily,
  • Talk with your doctor about supplements.

7 Weeks Pregnant – Tips for my partner

One tip that many couples enjoy is having your partner attend some or all of your prenatal care appointments.  Some partners are not able to get away from work for every appointment, so talk about key appointments that would be good to go together.  For example, a gender identifying sonogram appointment is often fun for the couple to experience together.

Last Updated: 11/2012

* All measurements are provided as a general guide for common pregnancy development which may vary depending on the nutrition, mother’s health or accurate dating of conception.  Every pregnancy is unique and may be experienced differently even for the same woman.  It is important to undertand that babies develop at a different rate even before they are born. The purpose of this developmental information is to give you a general idea of how your baby is growing, and you must remember that your baby’s growth may vary from that which is outlined.

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