How many things do you think to happen to you in a week? Not much I believe. I mean, seven days is a little while for you. Maybe your nails grew a bit, and you need to shave again. But that’s kind of it. But your baby…well, that is another story. Your baby is 13 mm now, 5 mm more than last week. Remember how I told you that your baby’s tiny arms and legs were just something resembling buds? It seems that this week they are starting to take form, soon the tiny fingers will appear. A week may not make a difference to you, but for your baby, it can mean an extra organ.
A lot of things start to develop this week. For one thing, the mouth opening is forming, together with the lower jaw and the vocal cords. The digestive tract is developing too. Also, your baby is preparing to hear from you, with the inner ear evolving and all. Other organs that are in full development are the lungs, the liver, the pancreas, and the thyroid gland. An interesting fact is that, so far, your baby has gone through three sets of kidneys. I mean, in these seven short weeks your baby’s kidneys already had three shapes. But this week they are taking their final form. Won’t be long now until they will start to work and your baby will pee in the amniotic sack.
If you know that you are pregnant and decide to have a 7-week ultrasound, I must warn you. Lower your expectations. I know that you are eager to see your baby, but there is not much to see. Even if there is much going on with your baby, anatomically speaking, you will not be able to see all these things. The 7-week ultrasound will reveal a few details. You may be able to hear your baby’s heartbeat. Even if the heart uses just one chamber, it beats pretty fast. Also, did you know that at this point your baby has a tail? You know now, but don’t worry, it will shortly disappear. One thing is sure though. You will see a peanut. Your peanut.
Although you are not very far along with your pregnancy, you must start to take better care of yourself. It is imperative that you stay away from ill people. You do not want to catch rubella or parvovirus. These are seldom carried by children, so take care. Also, you must beware of certain animals, such as ewes and lambs. They can carry infections that may lead to miscarriage. The cat’s litter should also be something you stay away from. You can catch toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection.
You may have heard or read that folic acid is very important for a pregnant woman. It is as true as it can be. The neural tube, which is a fancy term for the spinal cord, is fusing at this point, and the folic acid is known to prevent neural tube defects. Did you know that over the remaining months of pregnancy your baby’s brain will develop over 100 billion neurons? You must help the way you can, so take folic acid.
I know that the physical sensations of pregnancy are beginning to take over, such as nausea, fatigue, sore breast, and let’s not forget the annoyingly frequent trip to the bathroom. If you did not schedule a doctor’s appointment so far, you might have to. Talk to a midwife, ask all the questions you may have, don’t hold back. There is no such thing as a silly question. She may have heard it all and then some more. And if you are so impatient to see the peanut that causes your temporary misery, you can also schedule a 7-week ultrasound. After all, it’s up to you.