During this week your future baby will begin to form his face, his eyes are already colored and many of his organs begin to form and function.
Seventh week of pregnancy. The most important:
You are in the seventh week of pregnancy. During this week the embryo will begin to form its face, its eyes will already have color, and its heartbeat will be more regular.
Week 7 of pregnancy (Week 5 of gestation).
If you experience morning sickness, dizziness and even vomiting are absolutely normal – and common – symptoms during the first weeks of pregnancy. You can calm them with a little ginger, or an infusion and a piece of sponge cake before getting up in the morning.
Folic acid and other vitamin supplements continue to be very important during this week. Don’t forget to keep taking them.
If you have not had it yet, it is possible that this week you will already have the first consultation with your gynecologist, especially if you go privately. If you do it for public health, and you have gone to your family doctor, it is likely that he has already referred you to your midwife, and you have the first consultation with her.
Every week from approximately the fourth to fifth week in which the embryo implants in the endometrium, the future baby grows and develops in a dizzying way, in such an accelerated way that it is even surprising.
In this seventh week, the embryo can measure 1.2 centimeters (12 millimeters), although it can reach 1.5 centimeters by the end of this week (15 millimeters). And if we compare it to a food to give you an idea, it is about the size of an olive pit, or a blueberry.
It is quite likely that, during this week, your first pregnancy symptoms will become somewhat more intense, although it is possible that even today you do not feel much. It is absolutely normal, and it does not mean that the pregnancy is going badly. On the contrary, each body is different and even each pregnancy is different, so you will not always feel the same symptoms or signs.
The development of the baby during the seventh week of pregnancy
As we mentioned briefly at the beginning of this note, this week the future baby will have around 12 millimeters. Although by the end of the week it can reach 15 millimeters. If we take into account that last week it had about 6 millimeters, we see that its growth is simply surprising in a few days.
Her gestational age is actually 5 weeks, and these days she continues to develop all of her various organs and body systems.
For example, their facial features (the face) begin to form, which tend to be much more obvious. The nose, the eyelids and a small hole begin to appear that will shape the mouth. In addition, the eyes already have color.
Your little heart begins to beat more regularly, and your liver, bronchial tubes, and pancreas begin to form and function. Since the bone marrow has not yet formed, the small liver will be in charge of manufacturing the different blood cells in these first weeks.
The skin is still very thin, almost practically transparent, and both its arms and legs are still small bumps without a well-defined shape. However, his legs are already beginning to grow.
In addition, your small kidneys are also trained and practically prepared to begin to manage waste, with the production and excretion of urine.
What changes and symptoms occur in the expectant mother during the 7th week of pregnancy?
Since by now you are probably aware that you are pregnant, it is also possible that you have been feeling some of the typically early symptoms of pregnancy, which tend to emerge from the first weeks. Especially if, perhaps, you are a little more aware of them.
The morning sickness are undoubtedly the most common, since it is estimated that about two out of every three women tend to suffer from them, especially in the mornings. It is a tremendously common symptom, although the fact that it is common does not mean that you also have to suffer them. Of course, in case you have them, ginger tends to help calm them, like chewing a couple of almonds or having an infusion along with a whole wheat bread cake.
You may also feel other symptoms that are just as common, such as:
- Vomiting, especially if you feel nauseous.
- Burning in the stomach
- Tiredness and drowsiness
- Frequent urge to go to the bathroom to urinate.
- Sudden mood swings, nervousness, and irritability.
Control of pregnancy from the seventh week of pregnancy
As we mentioned in week 6 of pregnancy, it is likely that both last week and this week you have visited your gynecologist to tell him that you are pregnant, and to properly begin with the control of the pregnancy. If not, we encourage you to do so since it is very important to start with the control of the pregnancy and with the prenatal control itself, to make sure that everything is fine and that no problems or complications have occurred.
If so, during the first consultation the gynecologist will ask you a series of questions such as what was your last menstruation, whether it is your first pregnancy or not, as well as whether or not there is a certain history of yours or family of some diseases, disorders or allergies.
It is also likely that he will refer you to the midwife’s consultation, especially if you will follow your pregnancy in Social Security through public health. If so, it is more than likely that the person who referred you to the midwife is your GP, since in reality the first consultation with the gynecologist or obstetrician will not be until around the 12th week of pregnancy.
In any case, it will take the first steps and begin to monitor your entire pregnancy:
- Weight control: It will write down what your current weight is, to have a control of how much weight you will gain in the coming months. The usual thing is to gain around 10-12 kg. Throughout pregnancy, it is not advisable to exceed 1.5 kg. Per month.
- Control of blood pressure: This control is essential to control yourself, especially if you have high or low blood pressure, since -for example- high blood pressure is a risk of complications during pregnancy, since it can cause pre-eclampsia and premature birth.
- Blood and urine analysis: You will be referred to perform a very complete analysis of both blood and urine. In addition, the blood test will include serological parameters to discover if there are antibodies to viruses such as hepatitis or HIV, rubella or toxoplasmosis.