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Pregnancy Week 7

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Your Baby's Development This Week

Your baby's development is incredibly rapid. Now every organ has begun to form. The hair and nipple follicles have started to grow, and the eyelids and tongue are forming as well. Parts of the baby's body are a bit easier to distinguish as the trunk is less curled up in appearance, and now is straightening out more. The elbow is busy bending and flexing, but you are still blissfully unaware of the jabs and pokes. Beneath the gums, baby's tiny pearly whites are growing. The area where the biggest growth spurt is taking place? Baby's brain, where so much is changing and taking place right now. The baby is approximately one inch long at the end of this week.

Symptoms You May Feel During Week 7

Morning sickness is usually truly underway at this point, not the odd occasional wave of queasiness, but full on sick. Morning sickness affects up to 75% of pregnant women, and the average length of this symptom is about six weeks. Besides small frequent meals, try to avoid lying down after a meal. Some say that the aroma of lemons will perk up the queasiest mommy, and many swear by salty potato chips in curbing nausea. Vitamin B6 can help, too.

If your sickness is accompanied by violent vomiting that just does not let up and you just can not get it under control, talk to your doctor. Sometimes morning sickness goes beyond typical and into a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. It is just really a fancy name for severe morning sickness. If this is the case, your doctor will want to see you, possibly have medicine, or if need be, put you in the hospital for IV treatment and observation. As with anything in your pregnancy, you need to trust your own feelings about when something isn not right, or you are concerned and talk to your doctor. It is always better to find out it's nothing, than to ignore something than could be a problem.

The other problem most likely to be plaguing mom to be this week? Breasts. They may have gone up to a full cup size by this week! They are likely quite tender, and swollen. The nipple is probably standing out more than normal, just more pronounced. All these changes are due to the two major hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Fat tissue is building up in the breast area, and the Montgomery tubercles, sweat glands on breasts, are visible now, and provide lubrication to the areola area. They are raised bumps.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Getting to know your physician during these visits might be difficult in the beginning, but don't be shy. Try to bring a notepad and pen so you can write down anything you find out, have questions prepared ahead of time (you will not remember!) and ask questions without reservation. Pregnancy is not something you will experience too many times in your life, and while the doctor has seen in all hundreds of times, it is special and important to you. Don't let yourself feel rushed or intimidated in your appointments. Get the information you need and don't feel badly for doing so. A well informed patient is a good patient! Have you started thinking about your birth plan yet? Yes it's early, but the sooner you and your doctor have ironed out some major issues the better.

Preparing for Baby

One of the fun parts of preparing for the new baby is trying out new names, and finding just the right one for your new little bundle. Consider purchasing a couple good names books early on, borrowing others and having a little notebook to scribble down combinations, name meanings and so on. Write down suggestions friends and family members give, perhaps only to humor them, or because their suggestions are so hilarious you might want to look back someday at the notebook for some laughs. It's never too early to start searching for the perfect name. It will be a fun keepsake and a good way to keep track of the good, and less than stellar, ideas you come up with along the way and to keep your final choices organized and all in one place.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

Living with early pregnancy symptoms can take a toll on not only the pregnant mom, but those who share her life. It's not unusual due to all the fatigue, nausea, and pressure for mom to become, well cranky at times. It's completely understandable. Growing a baby is no small feat, and those early weeks are some of the hardest. If you have decided to wait to tell friends and family about your pregnancy, you might be feeling cut off from some support. Consider finding a discussion board to chat with other women who are going through the same issues. Don't expect too much of yourself, give yourself some slack, and try to have some pleasant time for yourself and with those you love. It's a priority, and later it will be an absolute luxury!

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Guest Mar 22, 2015 10:10:16 PM ET

Going by my lmp, i am 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant. i've only been nauseous and have breast tenderness. i am a little relieved knowing that there are other ladies out there with the same symptoms as me. i was getting worried since i didn't have morning sickness.

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Guest Mar 12, 2015 03:40:07 PM ET

I'm a little over 7 weeks pregnant with my second child. i have the feeling of being hit by a truck, and i'm hungry 24/7. i'm bleeding on and off, but oddly, overall, i feel pretty good. i'm just waiting to see where everything goes.

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Lauren Mar 9, 2015 04:22:12 PM ET

I'm 6 weeks and 6 days now. i had an miscarriage on jan 2nd, and i am really excited. i'm scared though, because every time something feels weird, or if i get a pain i'm panicking. my chest feels like a mac truck is sitting on it, and i'm hungry but get full after 3 bites, and i'm always thirsty! no vomiting yet, but the waves of nausea are pretty intense. i think my fiance assumes that i'm being dramatic. i'm excited that i'm further along than in january when i had the mc, so i'll take all the symptoms i can get, as long as this baby makes it!

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kathie Feb 28, 2015 08:45:54 PM ET

Hi. i'm 7 weeks and 5 days pregnant. this is my first pregnancy, but i feel very tired. i can't eat at all as my morning sickness is to the core. i am taking tablets for morning sickness. i am worried whether my baby gets enough resources to grow. all i eat for a day is a slice of bread with peanut butter, half of an apple, half of an orange, 2 biscuits and some museli cereals.

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Guest Feb 27, 2015 05:40:45 PM ET

I am 6 weeks and 6 days today. my breasts are very sore and swollen. i'm not hungrier than before. if anything, i'm always fighting off nausea, not only in the morning, but throughout the day. i'm worried that i am eating less.

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andrea Feb 27, 2015 05:28:17 PM ET

I'm 6 weeks 6 days pregnant. i'm always tired, have no energy, and feel so sick when i eat a meal. i don't sleep at night as the sickness is really bad. does anyone have any suggestions on what can help me have a better night sleep?

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aisha adeel Feb 27, 2015 06:29:52 AM ET

I am 7 weeks pregnant, and having severe pain on both sides of my lower abdomen, but especially on the right side. the pain starts in the evening, and ends early on the next morning. i can't sleep well. explain why is it so? what should i eat? sometimes the vomiting occurs violently, and i feel so much pain in my lower abdomen. why do i feel so much fatigue all the time?

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Guest Feb 22, 2015 04:31:59 PM ET

I'm 7 weeks, and i feel horrible. my head hurts all the time, and i'm always hungry. i'm starting to feel sick every morning.

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alicia Feb 5, 2015 01:58:18 PM ET

I'm 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant! i'm always hungry, and i have no energy!!

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BootyliciousNSW Feb 4, 2015 06:26:27 PM ET

I'm 7 weeks today due to my calculations from my last period, and am not even hungry. i'm very tired, and have sore boobs and sharp pains every now and then. but, i'm not really hungry. why???

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