10 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition
At a glance
Your baby’s fingers and toes are now fully formed
Hormonal changes might mean you don’t have much of an appetite
Drink at least one-and-a-half litres of water a day
Do some stomach strengthening and pelvic floor exercises
Baby's development at 10 weeks
Your baby is well on its way to becoming a tiny human being. Fingers and toes are now fully formed and by the end of the week, the heart and vascular systems will be in place too. Your little one’s intestine is still growing though - it will be a massive 3 metres long by the time you give birth. Want to know if it’s a boy or a girl? The sex of your baby is already genetically defined, but isn’t visible just yet. Eeek!
This week you may start to notice your figure changing. Some women lose a little weight, while others are already starting to gain some. Pregnancy can show surprisingly early.
Don’t worry if you haven’t put on any weight in your first few weeks of pregnancy either though. It’s because of all those hormonal changes, lack of appetite or nausea. And every woman’s body reacts differently when it comes to pregnancy.
Time to get hydrated! You should be putting away plenty of water while you’re pregnant.
Water is an essential component of blood. And the volume of your blood has increased significantly so you can pass on the necessary nutrition to baby. That’s why it’s essential to avoid becoming dehydrated at this stage of your pregnancy.
Drink at least 1.5 litres of water a day, and even more in hot weather or if you’re exercising.
Plus, if you’ve been feeling constipated, water really helps to keep things moving. So drink up!
It’s a great idea to exercise while you’re pregnant. But try to choose gentle activities that are easy on your joints - like walking, swimming, pregnancy aqua-aerobics, Pilates and pregnancy yoga.
Stomach strengthening and pelvic floor exercises are a must too; as these will help strengthen the muscles you’ll be using to carry the extra pregnancy weight. They'll also make your joints stronger, improve circulation, alleviate any backaches, and just help you feel generally fit and healthy.
Staying fit also helps you sleep better, and builds up your stamina for labour. But make sure you take it easy.
To find out more about working out while you’re pregnant, click here.