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Tracking a pregnancy week-by-week is an effective approach to fully understanding what’s happening to a mother and her baby.

What’s 10 Weeks Like?

For mothers, pregnancy side effects such as headaches, fatigue, morning sickness, bloating, constipation and gas will probably continue. However, these should ease out closer to the second trimester.

For babies, Week Ten marks a developmental milestone. Though it’s barely the size of a kumquat and weighs less than a quarter-ounce, the child has now completed the most critical portion of prenatal development. The baby’s cells are all in place, and major organs like the brain are growing fast. This marks the beginning of the fetal period.

Your Baby’s Growth

  • Body Size
    The fetus can grow to 1.20 inches (30 millimeters) or more this week, a rapid stint that tends to double averages from Week Nine.
  • Head Characteristics
    As the spinal cord straightens, your baby’s head starts to distinguish itself from the chest. The ears, upper lip and nose begin to take recognizable shape. Nerve cells from the brain branch out, connecting with each other, and your baby’s head begins to bulge with its expanding brain. During this period, the baby’s brain can produce as many as 250 neurons per-second.
  • Body Appearance
    The baby is starting to look less like an alien, and more like a human! Its toes and fingers are still webbed, although they grow constantly. The fists, elbows and ankles are already visible, and he or she can now bend them. The baby can likely cross its arms and feet too!
  • Internal Organs
    Vital organs — including kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver— are now in place and starting to function. The genitals continue to develop, and the baby starts to produce sex hormones, although still not enough for the obstetrician to determine its sex.

What Happens Inside Your Body?

While some pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and fatique continue, this stage also comes with new discomforts including abdominal cramps and back pain. This is totally normal, and a result of a fast-expanding uterus, which presses on the spine and nearby organs.

How to Beat Abdominal Cramps

To ease the pain or discomfort, you can try sipping on warm water and taking warm baths. Prenatal massages also help achieve comfort. If pains are frequent, extremely painful, and accompanied by bleading, please seek immediate help.

Also on Z Living: When to Visit The Doctor for Stomach Cramps

How to Beat Back Pain

As your muscles adjust to a changing center of gravity, you might feel sharp pain in your back and shooting down your thighs. There are many ways to combat back pain during pregnancy, some of which include maintaining good posture and sleeping on your side.

Also on Z Living: What if Your Baby Was Your Workout? 

How Different Will You Look?

Your uterus is the size of a grapefruit now, so you may notice pants getting tighter. Another change that’s totally normal is an increased visibility of veins on your breast and legs. This just comes from increased blood flow and it subsides after birth. Dry skin is another symptom that pops up around the ten-week mark, so keep some moisturizer close by.

Looking Ahead

You are two weeks away from the beginning your second trimester, a time when hormones settle down and many of the pregnancy’s most challenging symptoms subside. Now that the baby is coming to form, you can look forward to exciting things like listening to its heart beat and learning the gender.