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Week 10
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 8 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Fetal Development:
I'm Swimming! The baby has begun moving inside the womb although it's too small for mom to notice. Most of the joints are formed now - elbow, wrist, knee, shoulder, and ankle as well as the hands, fingers, feet and toes.

Maternal Changes:
The morning sickness may start to ease a bit. This week, we'll blame moodiness and a blotchy complexion on those wild hormones. Have heart ~ this is only temporary.

Your blood volume will increase 40%-50% during pregnancy. As a result, you may start to notice your veins more, particularly in your tummy, breasts, and legs.

Third Month

Weight Gain:
The amount of weight pregnant women gain varies from woman to woman and even pregnancy to pregnancy in each woman. Your pre-pregnancy weight affects how much you should gain during pregnancy. Here are some guidelines but keep in mind, the numbers don't count as much as the food you eat. If you consume nutritious food in adequate quantities, you'll be eating good enough for your baby. If you gain more than these recommended amounts but have eaten healthy foods, chances are the weight will come off easily and quickly after delivery. Remember - do NOT diet during pregnancy! Eat wisely!

Weight Gain for Singleton Moms
pre-pregnancy weight
   
acceptable gain in pounds
30 to 40
25 to 35
15 to 25

Weight Gain for Twin Moms
Higher Order Multiples Moms, Contact the Triplet Connection
pre-pregnancy weight
   
acceptable gain in pounds
40 to 50
35 to 45
25 to 35

Where Does the Weight Go? (Singletons)
baby
   
7.5 lbs
uterus
2.0 lbs
placenta
1.5 lbs
breasts
2.0 lbs
blood & fluid
8.0 lbs
fat
7.0 lbs

Ideas for Partners:
Mom is probably singing the moody blues right now, and you may be humming right along with her. One minute you may want to shout from the rooftops that you're going to have a baby. The next minute, you want to forget about it or you're terrified of the very idea of parenthood. Share these thoughts - the excitement and fears - with mom. She's probably feeling as you are too.

Inspirational Thoughts:
The sweetest flowers in all the world - A baby's hands. ~Swinburne

Reading:
Countdown to My Birth: A day by day account from your baby's point of view by Julie B. Carr, published by Meadowbrook, 2007.

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