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10 Weeks Pregnant: 3 Things to Expect

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Your baby is working on looking a little more human this week, but you might be wondering why your body is suddenly boasting a complex network of blue-blooded veins (blame the little alien on board!). Learn more about these new developments and more in week 10 of pregnancy.

  1. Shaping Up

  2. a prune

    As your little one starts to look more and more human, his or her development is continuing at a rapid rate. With bones and cartilage forming this week, plus the arrival of working arm joints, your baby's body is really taking shape! Now as large as a prune at 1.2 inches, your little one's length will double in size in the next three weeks.

  3. Tiny Details

  4. a 10 week embryo

    You still have 30 weeks of pregnancy, but your little one already seems to be prepping his or her appearance with the development of tiny fingernails and hair! Not only that, but your baby is beginning to form teeth under his or her gums—and the first of those won't even appear until your baby is at least four to six months old! In other big news this week, you'll be excited to learn that tiny versions of all of your baby's vital organs have fully developed and are starting to function.

  5. Well, Hello, Belly!

  6. a pregnant mom making the size of her baby with her hands in front of her belly

    Yours might be starting to swell a bit, although no one is going to suspect you're pregnant yet from your physical appearance. As your abdomen muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate your growing uterus—now the size of a grapefruit!—you might feel some aches and pains known as "round ligament pain." You've also probably noticed a network of blue veins criss-crossing your belly and your breasts; as your body increases its blood volume to support your baby, it also needs to increase the "roads" that carry that life-giving liquid!

  7. Tip: Help for Both Ends

  8. a pregnant mom lying down with a headache

    Some moms get constipated from the pregnancy hormones. Drink a lot of water and try to boost the fiber in your diet to keep things moving along. You might also be suffering from pregnancy-induced headaches (these can be caused by stress, hunger, exhaustion, and/or dehydration). Be sure to check with your doctor before you take any over-the-counter headache medications. It's likely your OB will green-light acetaminophen but recommend you stay away from ibuprofen.

 
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