Seven Weeks Pregnant

Embryo in the 7th week of pregnancy

Week 7 is full of amazing and exponential change. Although you continue to experience unpleasant symptoms, know that your baby is literally blooming into a magnificent being.

Nausea, headaches, fatigue, and mood swings may continue for some time. Many women experience difficult symptoms, all throughout the first trimester and possibly into the second. Others may feel a tad queasy, which eases toward the end of the first trimester. Every pregnancy and person is different, so recognize this experience for what it is: the creation of a unique life.

It may be possible to feel and see physical changes, especially in the abdomen and hip region. This change isn't likely due to baby but because of bloating. It's okay to start using maternity clothes; in fact, you owe it to yourself to be as comfortable as you can get away with. You may also notice that you've gained weight. This is normal and healthy. Talk with your OB/GYN about healthy weight gain during this time. Your hunger and cravings may start to take over your life this week.

Pregnancy during week 7 may also bring about other changes: hair thickness and skin changes, especially acne. Non-visual changes this week include the formation of your cervical plug (mucus plug), which will help protect your uterus throughout pregnancy. It is this plug that will eventually pass through the vagina, indicating that labor is near (but not yet!).