Today I am entering my 10th week of pregnancy.
This actually means that it’s been 9 weeks 0 days since my last period and hence 7 weeks 0 days since the actual day of conception. So I feel a bit like cheating saying that I’m 10 weeks pregnant, since the fetus (yes, it’s now a fetus and no longer an embryo!) has only existed for 7 weeks.
One of my many pregnancy apps tells me that this week is when the morning sickness is as its worst. That sounds horrible, but it also means that it will just get better from here on. I’ve learned that in my case the only way of feeling better is to constantly have something in the stomach. So I have like 3 smaller lunches every day. This sounds greatly unhealthy, but somehow I haven’t gained much weight, so I guess all the food is needed for something. Careful though, ladies, because usually one does not need more calories in the first trimester. One only needs about 300 extra calories a day and only for the second and third trimester. NaturalCycles pregnancy tracker keeps track of how much weight I should gain every week, accounting for the increase in blood, other liquids, the placenta, the baby itself, etc. In week 10 the baby is only about 2 cm (1 inch) and weighs as little as 2 grams, so this is basically nothing. The uterus, on the other hand, is now bigger than a grapefruit, more than twice the original size and a lot more blood is already pumping around in my veins. This sums up to an ideal total weight gain of 0.7 kg (1.5 pounds) in week 10. Despite my constant eating, I’ve only gained 0.4 kg (0.9 pounds), so I’m on track.
Although I have gained little weight, I’ve definitely noticed a beginning of a belly. My pants no longer fit, so I basically always wear dresses and sometimes borrow a pair of pants from Raoul. For comparison, I added below a picture from our holidays in Corsica, when I was only 5 weeks pregnant. The belly here is probably mostly due to Corsican cheese.
And below you see a picture from today:
The high levels of progesterone during the first trimester, which helps the uterus grow, also relaxes the other components in the stomach and make them swell. So my enlarged belly is probably more due to that than the actual baby. In only a few weeks, though, the increasing uterus will be visible.