Week 7 of pregnancy the fifth week of your baby’s development and the second week of the period in which all your baby’s organs start developing. This period is called the embryogenesis stage of pregnancy; it begins in week 6 of pregnancy and continues until the end of week 10. You should be ‘feeling pregnant’ by now and, if you’re experiencing morning sickness, you’re not alone- most women experience this unpleasant (but normal) symptom of pregnancy in the first trimester.
Baby is developing rapidly as its internal organs continue to grow and take shape (including the brain, heart, lungs and digestive organs). Your baby also begins to look more and more like a little human, as the buds which will form arms and legs lengthen and facial features become more prominent. You’ve probably already consulted your doctor or pregnancy healthcare provider, but if you haven’t, now is a good time for an appointment, to check your pregnancy is developing normally and discuss any concerns you may have.
At 7 weeks pregnant you’re almost certainly experiencing early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, fatigue and tender breasts. You may also be feeling a little emotional as your pregnancy hormones kick in and have you crying at the drop of a hat.
Embryo development begins when you are 6 weeks pregnant and continues rapidly this week. Your baby begins to look more like a human as its head, arms and legs grow. The seventh week of pregnancy is also a time when the internal organs develop rapidly. This week baby’s brain enlarges, kidneys and lungs start to form and organs of the gastrointestinal and urogenital systems begin to develop.
If pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, body changes or emotions are bothering you this week, rest assured that they’re probably normal, but talk to your doctor if you need reassurance. However, if you experience early pregnancy spotting (spot bleeding), you may be at risk of miscarriage and should see your doctor.
Week 7 of pregnancy is a time of rapid embryo development when it’s common for women to experience pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and breast discomfort. It’s important to visit your doctor for a pregnancy check-up if you have not already done so.
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