7 Weeks Pregnant: Your Baby’s Development
Roughly the size of a blueberry and 10,000 times bigger than its original size at conception, your baby’s growth is now concentrated on the head, where the brain cells are being generated at the rate of 100 cells per minute. The mouth, tongue, and arms and leg buds are taking shape, and the kidneys should be settling in place.
Your Body at 7 Weeks Pregnant
For most women, morning sickness begins to reach its peak around this week, and eating isn’t always a pleasant affair. Since your body is rapidly increasing its blood volume, your kidneys will be processing extra fluid, and as your uterus grows it will be placing more pressure on your bladder, sending you on frequent trips to the bathroom. In addition to continuing to experience symptoms of early pregnancy, you might put on or lose a couple of kilograms, which is normal. Women pregnant with multiples tend to put on weight more rapidly at this stage, experience itchiness around their abdomen, feel a heaviness in their pelvis or vagina, feel more fatigued, develop varicose veins, and have a greater tendency to retain water.