Your Baby’s Development:
You are now seven weeks pregnant and your precious baby is growing rapidly, even if you can’t really tell that you are carrying a baby yet. Your little one is about the size of a blueberry this week, and while that is still small, it’s over 10,000 times bigger than he or she was a month ago. The most significant developments for your baby this week include further sprouting of the arms and legs, the forming of the mouth and tongue and the development of permanent kidneys. He or she is also beginning to form muscles, so it won’t feel like too long before you can feel little kicks.
What to Expect:
The scale is not really important this week because many women may have gained a few pounds while others will actually lose weight at this stage due to persistent morning sickness. Week seven of pregnancy is likely to bring with it headaches, lower backaches, nausea and tender breasts. Your friends and family most likely will not be able to tell you are pregnant and you probably have not visited the doctor yet, as most doctors suggest your first visit be scheduled for week eight of pregnancy.
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