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Pregnancy Calendar, Week 10

How big is your baby?
By the end of this week your baby will measure around 3.1cm (1.22inch) and weighs around 4grams (0.14ounce) growth over this week is going to be rapid.
Your baby's development
The end of week 10 sees the end of the embryonic period and the start of the fetal period.
By now your baby's head will make up more than half of his/her total length. Your baby's body will continue to straighten and grow as this week goes by. Your babys head now also appears to be more rounded.
Over the next few days hair follicles, finger nails and toe nails will begin to appear and form. Your baby's eyes are still set wide apart but should be completely covered by eyelids, or at least very close to it. Towards the middle of this week your babys tongue should now also be fully formed.
Your baby's brain will also begin to form the fissures which are charactoristic of a human brain.

Your development
Your weight gain should still be steady. However, if you are not gaining weight yet, then you should ask your healthcare provider about your progress. Weight gain during pregnancy will differ from person to person, but it is usually the first indication that your baby is growing as he/she should be.
You should be continuing with your healthy eating plan and keeping with your regular exercise program, as both of these will have the best benefit on your developing baby and yourself both during the pregnancy and post pregnancy.
One of the most unusual symptoms of pregnancy is the skin changes which affect some women. Also known as melasma, or the mask of pregnancy. This usually affects women who have a darker complection and it is thought that it is caused by progesterone to estrogen ratio in your body.
Your body
Your first prenatal visit, which often takes place around this time, is a milestone. At the doctor's office, you'll go through a series of tests and checks, including having your weight and blood pressure checked. You might also have an external abdominal examination to check the size and position of your baby and have your urine tested.
During this first prenatal visit, your health care provider will thoroughly examine you, including an internal examination and a breast exam. Your health care provider will also ask you many questions about your medical history and any family health problems, to determine if your baby is at risk for genetic diseases. Another thing your provider will check? Your baby's heartbeat! Using a Doppler stethoscope, you should get to hear it for the first time.
As you leave your first appointment, your health care provider will probably send you for a blood test to find out whether you are immunized against varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles), as well as to determine your blood type and Rh factor.

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