WEEK 7: Big brain developments
So many exciting changes – and you can even hear your baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound. Getting morning sickness? Read our pregnancy tips to help you cope.

 

7 weeks pregnant: Pregnancy tips and nutrition

At a glance

Changes in your hormones are starting to take effect

Tips for dealing with morning sickness

 

Keep hydrated and don’t be tempted to skip breakfast

Which foods to avoid during pregnancy

Unborn baby at 7 weeks
You can’t tell by looking at your tummy, but baby’s brain is developing very quickly. And the heart of your baby has now developed enough for you to spot it beating on an ultrasound.

Baby's development at 7 weeks

You can’t tell by looking at your tummy, but baby’s brain is developing very quickly. The two sides of what will eventually make up the brain have now emerged. The ‘sense organs’ are coming along nicely too, with the eyes, ears, nose and mouth starting to form. Excitingly, the pulmonary and digestive systems are also taking shape little by little. And the heart of your baby has now developed enough for you to spot it beating on an ultrasound. There in your womb, this little person is slowly but surely starting to form.

Your body

You’re now in the 7th week of your pregnancy, and you might feel like something has changed. Many women can sense it, even at this early stage. You might be feeling a bit more tense or irritable than usual. This is caused by hormonal changes that can affect your mental state and produce physical signs. Your breasts may be fuller, and some women feel a pulling, or even a little pain, in the pelvic region, which is caused by the intensified blood flow. But don’t worry; all of this is a normal part of the process.

Tea, lemon and ginger on table

Nutrition

Feeling nauseous? Don’t worry; morning sickness is common, and can occur at any time of the day. It’s just your body getting used to all the changes.

There are a few things you can do to help. Starting with breakfast. Even if you’re feeling sick, it will give you the nutrients you need to start your day properly. Avoid becoming hungry in the day as the lowering of your blood sugar may make the nausea worse. Try splitting up your meals with small snacks mid- morning and afternoon, or eating smaller portions throughout the day.

Ginger is a traditional remedy for nausea, and some people find it helpful and most importantly stay hydrated. If you are struggling, suck on some crushed ice.

Pregnancy tips

While you can still eat most things, there are some foods that you should avoid completely during your pregnancy. These include liver and pate, unpasturised milk and some cheeses, and some fish as well as raw shellfish. Undercooked meat, poultry, and raw or undercooked eggs may also contain bacteria that could harm your little one. Always give your veg a good scrub to remove soil particles.

For more information on foods to avoid, visit the NHS Choices website

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Important advice to mothers

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. SMA® Nutrition fully supports this and continued breastfeeding, along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by your healthcare professional.

 

 

 

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