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Pregnancy Week 7

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Last week the baby's heart started to beat and that was very exciting. Each week new and exciting fetal developments will be occurring. At pregnancy week 7, mom is slightly more than halfway through her first trimester, and soon the ill effects she may be feeling will typically begin to decrease quite a bit. Let's take a look at what is happening with mom and baby during pregnancy week 7.

Changes in the Mother's Body

With any luck, morning sickness will be on its way out by the end of week 7. Typically by week 8 the symptoms may have faded significantly, but can also still occur until the 12 week mark. For women who started their morning sickness early, they may find it will end earlier as well. Unfortunately, some women have reported, in rare incidences, that morning sickness never quite ended for them. Everyone is unique, and the amount of morning sickness, if any, will vary depending on the woman and the pregnancy.

Development of the Baby

The baby is still very tiny at pregnancy week 7, but growing quite rapidly at this point. Just last week he/she was only 1/17 of an inch long, and this week has grown to 1/3 of an inch in length! The arms and legs are still forming, but the fingers and toes have not yet developed. The brain is beginning to grow, and the nostrils, eye lenses, bronchi, intestines, and pancreas are also maturing rapidly. It won't be much longer now before clarity of facial features will be present.

Diet and Exercise

Mom should still be taking her prenatal supplements and consuming about 3500 calories a day. A pregnant woman will find herself quite hungry much of the time, but it is important that she focus on healthier choices when eating because sugary snacks and foods that are high in unwanted cholesterol could lead to a much more severe weight gain. The normal amount of weight gain for a pregnant woman is between 24 and 35 pounds. The brisk walks should still be routine at this time.

Tips for Dads

Hopefully by pregnancy week 7 dad has assumed some of the household duties so that mom can get the proper amount of rest that is needed for a healthy pregnancy. One very important thing for dad to know right now is that, if there is a cat present in the home, toxoplasmosis can occur in a pregnant woman, and it is caused by the fecal matter of cats. With this said, dad should never be allowing his pregnant wife to clean the kitty litter box. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it, and it can't be mom!

Hopefully, things are moving along without a hitch. With only 33 weeks to go, the arrival of the baby is causing mom and dad to become even more anxious. Some nice calming moments and perhaps aromatherapy will help mom and dad relax. There are also a lot of great books out there to provide mom and dad with even more in-depth information about pregnancy.