Ten Weeks Pregnant

Fetus in the 10th week of pregnancy

Until now, baby has been undergoing a critical period of development. Vital organs and entire bodily systems--the most critical for life--are almost in full working order. Week 10 marks an important point in pregnancy: The point when the risks for congenital and other serious abnormalities have greatly diminished. Although other complications can occur, baby's most essential needs for life are ready for action.

It is possible that you have gained a few pounds since conception. You may also look a little larger in the abdominal region. These changes are due to bloating and intestinal migration. Your body is preparing, everyday, to make room for your rapidly growing babe. By the end of the first trimester, many of your symptoms have disappeared, including nausea and mood swings. Fatigue may stick around, but with the second trimester comes a boost of energy you haven't felt for weeks. In addition to these improvements comes an added boost of optimism: Much of the anxiety and unexpected emotions you've been experiencing are replaced with relief, anticipation, and a sense of well-being.