With 7 weeks pregnant you might have gained weight, although it is not evident. It is a good time for you to contact your gynecologist, have passed three weeks from the date that you should have menstruated.
During this stage you will develop a mucus plug that serves to seal the uterus to protect against infection. Usually, this cap is lost with the dilatation in labor.
You may experience mild cramping in the lower abdomen and secrete blood stains, which tend to be confused with the menstrual period. If bleeding is heavy, visit your doctor immediately, as this may be a symptom of loss, although most of the time is normal.
Nearly 75 percent of women experience nausea during pregnancy, usually in the first trimester. Some just feel nauseous, while others have nausea with vomiting; moreover, they can occur during the morning or all day. From the second trimester will usually calm down and begin to disappear. Although very common, if it gets worse and you cannot even tolerate liquids for 24 hours, you should talk to your doctor.
You must reduce the consumption of coffee, because high doses of caffeine are associated with interruption of pregnancy during the first trimester. They are delicate weeks for your baby. You should also avoid exposing yourself to radiation like X-rays (radiographs) and hazardous chemicals. This will tell your doctor in more detail, from now you have to be well informed.
Outbreaks of rapidly developing limbs, but the hands and feet are just sketches like fins. Also, the digestive tract and lungs are in process to form. This week your baby is between one and three centimeters long and weighs less than a gram.
You can see more clearly the features of the face, eyelids in its eyes, ears continue to grow, and is beginning to appear its nose. The skin is still very thin and seems to have a small tail, which actually is the last bone of the spine, which is more noticeable now, but will disappear within weeks. Even if your baby is now just like a little ball, moves well. You still do not feel, but in a few weeks, when large enough to touch the walls of the uterus begin to notice its movements.
Around week seven the embryo becomes a fetus. At this stage, tissues and organs formed in the mature embryonic stage. The heart beats and the skeleton takes shape. The placenta is formed and begins to move your body nutrients to the baby, while removing its waste products. The umbilical cord, the lifeline between you and your child begins to grow and expand.
There is electrical activity, which shows brain activity. The baby’s brain will have one billion neurons. Neurogenesis is a process of extremely rapid cell division that produces neurons. Most of the “circuit” processing information is formed during the first four months of pregnancy. In this regard, unlike other parts of the human body, the brain generates new cells, although there are new researches that speak of the birth of some types of neurons. Yet, although it is difficult to renew, neurons have a lifespan of about 100 years
Try to stay away from foods or smells that trigger nausea. But if you feel bad with all kind of food, you can eat only those things that you like, even if your diet is not very balanced. It is best to eat something and keep it in the stomach, to eat a perfect lunch and then vomit it. When you will feel less unwilling, you will be able to return to a healthier diet.
It is important to eat small snacks throughout the day as an empty stomach is almost always an invitation to nausea. Little spicy foods that are high in protein are the best choice for nausea, but if you have any specific cravings, you eat what you want.
While it is important to stay hydrated you should not overload the stomach with fluid, it does not leave room for foods that can combat nausea. If you have been vomiting a lot, try a sports drink containing glucose, sodium and potassium to replace what you lost.
Try to eat cold foods or at room temperature, because they do not have much smell as hot drinks. Avoid fatty foods, as they take longer to digest, as well as spices, acidic foods and fried foods, because they can irritate your stomach.
Bland foods such as cereal with low-fat milk can tolerate also are enriched with iron and vitamins. They are very desirable because they are a good substitute for a meal when you cannot eat anything else.
It is advisable to have toast, crackers or rice close to bed to eat before getting up in the morning. Rest for 20 or 30 minutes before going to bed. At night, crackers can also help with nausea.
Take your prenatal vitamins at night before go to bed, rather than in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also ask your doctor if you can temporarily take a prenatal vitamin that has less iron, because this mineral usually causes stomach upset.
Ginger: This herb helps soothe the stomach, drink “Ginger Ale” can help with that. Another option is to grate a little ginger root and make a tea. You can also try ginger candy. However, all this you should consult with your doctor first, because home remedies and herbs for nausea may have contraindications for pregnancy.
Herbal tea: It’s recommended, especially the mint tea and refreshing taste which seems to combat the unpleasant taste that usually appears when you are dizzy. Brushing your teeth regularly during the day can be a relief.
Acupressure bands: are soft cotton bands designed to counter motion sickness and that you can find in pharmacies. The band is placed around the wrist, creating pressure, and therefore relief, through greater balance and circulation of energies. You can also consult your doctor about an electronic device which performs the same function. You can buy prescription, and according to studies, it has excellent results.
Vitamin B6: It is very effective against nausea. The recommended daily dose is 1.9 milligrams B6, although your doctor may allow you take between 10 and 25 milligrams, to help combat this discomfort. Always remember to consult a specialist before taking any medication, vitamins or home remedies.