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Week 10 of pregnancy | First Trimester

(counting from the first day of last menstrual period)

Week 10 is here already – marking the end of the embryonic stage and the beginning of the foetal stage. A quarter of the way through your pregnancy, your baby has become much bigger and you are following suit. Let’s have a look at what’s going on….

Your symptoms of morning sickness are still making you feel tired and nauseous, but you’ll be glad to hear that the end of this stage is nearly in sight. Physically you will notice that your stomach is beginning to stick out. This is as a result of your bowels becoming distended, and not a major enlargement of your uterus – as you would be inclined to think.  Your waistline is, however, starting to disappear as your baby grows.

This week baby is about 35mm Crown to Rump (CR) and weighs in at four grams. The eyes are open at the moment, but the eyelids are beginning to fuse and will remain so until about Week 26. External genitalia are beginning to differentiate and your baby also has lips, toes and ears that are completely formed. He or she has now completely lost his or her tail.

As the next appointment with your practitioner is scheduled for round about now, you may want to free up time to attend. Appointments will be scheduled every month or so, and will allow you to witness all of your baby’s milestones together with your partner. Attending these appointments will also provide you with the opportunity to get involved in your baby’s development. Dads sometimes feel left out of the pregnancy because they don’t have as much work or involvement as moms. Ask you partner to schedule the appointment at the end of the day or on a Saturday, so that it is easier for you to attend.


Doctors’ appointments and Mom’s belly getting bigger are the highlights of Week 10. Next week your baby will develop fingernails… Until then, happy growing!

Tip of the Week | be encouraged

Handle cat litter trays and raw meat with caution (Toxoplasmosis, a parasite found in these can cause birth effects). Wash your hands and the equipment properly.

Baby Quote of the Week | be inspired

The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. Jill Churchill

Good Reads | be informed

Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby by Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler. Written with an expectant father's needs, questions, and concerns in mind, Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be includes important information and valuable tips to help a man help his partner during pregnancy and the birth of their new baby. Topics include providing comfort as the mother-to-be experiences physical and emotional changes, interpreting the pregnancy tests and medical procedures, learning to be a great labour coach, and planning the family's financial future.


Baby Names we Like | be prepared