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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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Darcell Apr 30, 2018 11:35:35 PM ET

I'm 7 weeks 2 days, morning sickness, night sickness, nipples so tender, sleep all the time, eating small portions of food, hope my appetite picks up.

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Kirstine Oct 7, 2017 09:52:28 AM ET

I'm 7 weeks ,pregnant with baby #2. My first was a breeze, hardly felt pregnant at all. A little heartburn in ,3rd trim but, otherwise easy! This time morning sickness and fatigue is killing me. I felt queasy ALL the time since about a week ago. Not throwing up too often just feel like i'm on the verge constantly. I'm sleeping for 10 hours at night and still need a nap when my 3yo has one. Ginger candy is the only thing I've found that relieves the nausea for a while.

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Realjoy Aug 8, 2017 08:06:27 AM ET

I'm 6weeks and 4days. No symptoms , not feeling pregnant. Is this normal?

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mpumi Apr 4, 2017 04:20:22 AM ET

I'm so confused how many weeks I am. According to my LMP, I must be 9 weeks, however according to my ultrasound I am 7 weeks along. My periods used to change from the 8th to the 20th occasionally. I have been through it all. The first week I vomited and couldn't hold anything down. I went to the GP who said I have a blight ovum, plus my progesterone was extremely low since we were judging with my LMP. He prescribed progesterone and referred me to a gynecologist who did a vaginal ultrasound, and found a baby, however no heartbeat. He also did a blood test. Now this is 6 days apart from each other. My HCG doubled and my progesterone tripled. He then called to say it looks like I am in a safe zone, and that I must rest. But I have been knocked out all day. I sleep and wake up starving, and then eat then, and get knocked out again. I literally have an eat sleep routine.

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s,mall Mar 22, 2017 09:59:00 AM ET

I'm 7 weeks,pregnant, don't feel any sign, slight spotting, breast full, light headache, oops tired all the time, I'm on prescribed vitamins.

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sonja Mar 12, 2017 03:06:20 PM ET

I'm so scared also.I don't have any pregnancy symptoms since I missed my period on 29 January.I'm supposed to be 9 weeks pregnant, but the altrasound shows six weeks. They only see sac and yolk, no heart beat.I'm going back this Friday I pray for everything to be fine.

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Carrie T. Mar 6, 2017 03:52:29 PM ET

7 weeks and while I'm excited about this new baby after having a 10 year old....I forgot about the morning sickness which only comes at night and me barely eating because food turns my stomach, especially Meat.

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Guest Feb 15, 2017 03:31:28 PM ET

I'm 6 weeks 6 days pregnant. I'm always hungry, lightheaded and very emotional always crying. I tend to get sickness at night. This is my first pregnancy. My breasts and nipples are extremely tender. To the point were I have to hold them when I'm walking.

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Catherine Dec 30, 2016 09:28:53 PM ET

6 1/2 weeks. Throwing up every day. Exhausted. Never had this before with my previous 2. Ahhhhh!!!!

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CM97 Sep 9, 2016 08:22:26 PM ET

I am 7 weeks pregnant, My breasts are so sore and tender, And nipples are so sensitive. This is my 2nd pregnancy, 1st pregnancy I had a missed miscarriage,, baby stopped developing at 6 weeks and I never knew until 11. I had an early scan at 6 weeks and 3 days and baby showed a strong heart beat! So excited but feeling a difference from last time.

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