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Pregnancy Week by Week : Week 10 (part 1) - How Your Baby Is Growing and Developing

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1. How Big Are You?

A condition that can make you grow too big too fast is a molar pregnancy, sometimes called gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) or hydatidiform mole. A molar pregnancy develops from an abnormally fertilized egg.

When a molar pregnancy occurs, an embryo does not usually develop. Abnormal placental tissue grows instead. The most common symptom is bleeding during the first trimester. A woman may have a lot of nausea and vomiting. Another symptom is the size of the mother-to-be and how far along she is supposed to be in pregnancy. Half the time, a woman is too large. Twenty-five percent of the time, she is too small.

The most effective way to diagnose molar pregnancy is by ultrasound. The ultrasound picture has a “snowflake” appearance. The problem is usually found when the test is done to find the cause of bleeding or rapid growth of the uterus.

A molar pregnancy can become cancerous. When it is diagnosed, surgery (dilatation and curettage [D&C]) is usually done as soon as possible.

After a molar pregnancy, effective birth control is important to be sure the molar pregnancy is completely gone. Most healthcare providers recommend using reliable birth control for at least 1 year before trying to get pregnant again.

2. How Your Baby Is Growing and Developing

The end of this week is the end of the embryonic period. During the embryonic period, the baby has been most susceptible to things that could harm it. Most birth defects occur then. It’s good to know a vital part of your baby’s development is behind you.

Few birth defects happen after this time. However, drugs and other harmful exposures, such as severe stress or radiation (X-ray), can hurt the baby at any time during pregnancy. Continue to avoid them.

3. Changes in You

Emotional Changes

When pregnancy is confirmed, it can affect you in many ways. Some women see pregnancy as a sign of womanhood. Some consider it a blessing. Still others feel it’s a problem. If you aren’t excited about pregnancy, don’t feel alone. It’s common.

When and how you begin to regard the fetus as a person is different for everyone. Some women say it’s when their pregnancy test is positive. Others say it occurs when they hear the fetal heartbeat, usually around 12 weeks. For still others, it happens when they first feel their baby move, at between 16 and 20 weeks.

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Baby is shown attached to the placenta by its
umbilical cord. Eyelids are fused and remain closed
until week 27 (fetal age—25 weeks).

You may find you are emotional about many things. You may feel moody, cry at the slightest thing or drift off in daydreams. Emotional swings are normal and continue to some degree throughout your pregnancy.

Many pregnant women wonder why these emotional changes happen. Most of the time, people tell them “it’s just part of being pregnant.” But most often, it’s the hormones your body makes during pregnancy. The changes can really affect your moods and lead to forgetfulness and cloudy thinking.

Some emotions you feel may be caused by other things. For example, if you cry and feel down for longer than 2 weeks, feel worthless or hopeless, or don’t take pleasure in most things, you may be depressed. Be sure you discuss how you feel emotionally with your healthcare provider.

Tip for Week 10

It’s common for your breasts to tingle and to feel sore early in pregnancy. In fact, it may be one of the first signs of pregnancy.

You can help yourself by getting good prenatal care, and following your healthcare provider’s advice. Keep all your prenatal appointments. Establish good communication with your healthcare provider and the office staff. Ask questions. If something bothers you or worries you, discuss it with someone reliable.

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