You are still tired, and nauseated, hang on only a few more weeks for most of you! Your abdomen may begin to pooch out, but it will be more from bowel distension than the uterus. Your waistline is slowly disappearing! Remember to measure your waist and belly now! Comparing later can be a lot of fun!
- 10 Week Belly Photos
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- Fetal Development Pictures - Week by Week
- Ultrasounds from Week 10
The baby now enters its fetal period. The average size is approximately 27-35 mm crown to rump length (CRL), or 1.06-1.38 inches. S/he weighs in at 4 grams, or 4 paper clips. Tiny toes have formed. The eyes are largely open, but the eyelids are beginning to fuse, and will stay that way until 25-27 weeks. External genitalia is beginning to differentiate. External ears are formed, as is the upper lip. The biggest accomplishment this week is the disappearance of the tail!
Click here to hear a baby's heart beat at 10 weeks 2 days. It's beating at about 160 beats per minute (BPM).
Is the reality of pregnancy setting in yet? Do you start worrying about things like how you'll afford groceries if she takes maternity leave? These are normal dad worries and legitimate. Make sure you sit down and rationalize your feelings prior to having the discussions with her. There are plenty of answers to your questions. Finding out now about both of your maternity/paternity leave policies will be helpful in determining what your family can handle.
I can remember clearly how I felt the first time that I heard the clippity clop of my baby's heart beat for the first time. I also remember feeling anxious as they looked around my still small belly trying to find it. How far along were you when you heard it? How did you feel? Who was with you?
Try to find a time to rest each day, it's a great start on alleviating stress and lack of sleep. Even if it's 20 minutes, it's good for you and the babies! Try a body pillow as your belly grows, this can help you make the most of your down time.
Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby
This consumer book is designed to make you think about your choices. Ricki and Abby spend a lot of time studying and learning about birth for their movie, The Business of Being Born, and the book was the natural progression.
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