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Pregnancy Week 10

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Now mom is in her third month of pregnancy. At pregnancy week 10 she only has two more weeks to go until her second trimester begins. The developmental process of the baby's vital organs is almost complete. By the time the second trimester begins, the focus will be primarily on the growth and maturity of organs that have already developed.

Changes in the Mom's Body

By pregnancy week 10, morning sickness may already be gone, if not it won't last much longer in most cases. Raging hormones could present a complexion that is a bit blotchy in appearance, as well as a significant increase in moodiness. A woman in pregnancy week 10 will have a 40% to 50% increase in the volume of her blood, and this may result in more visible veins in her stomach, legs, and breasts. She is still not showing enough to be uncomfortable but she may feel a little more pressure on her bladder by pregnancy week 10, making trips to the bathroom a little more frequently.

Development of the Baby

The baby is now swimming around within the mother's womb, but at this point he/she is much too small for the mother to be able to feel this movement. Just about all of the joints are fully formed now, knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, and ankles. The baby also has full hands and feet with all fingers and toes. By the time the second trimester is underway the baby will be growing at a much more rapid pace.

Diet and Exercise

Mom should still be eating a healthy diet and consuming her normal 3000 to 3500 calories a day. If a woman was under weight when she got pregnant, she should gain 30 to 40 pounds before the pregnancy is over. If she is at a normal weight the gain will be between 24 and 35 pounds. Over weight women may only gain 15 or 20 pounds. Typically when a woman has eaten a sensible yet nutritious diet, and still gains more weight than suggested, it won't be hard to take off. Regular exercise is still advised at pregnancy week 10.

Tips for Dads

By the time pregnancy week 10 is upon them, many dads become just as moody as mom. One moment they are filled with joy about the coming of their child, and the next they may be terribly frightened. These emotions are normal and both mom and dad should feel free to discuss these feelings with each other. Dads should be aware that moms are probably feeling all of these same anxieties, maybe even more so. Sometimes talking things out will help.

Time does seem to stand still when people are awaiting the birth of their child. Forty weeks can seem like forever, and it can be a hard thing to deal with, but it is important for parents to keep in mind that pregnancy is a gift. Every moment should be cherished. Some people cannot have children, so expecting parents should always consider themselves blessed.