It’s completely normal to feel more:
- emotional and moody than usual
- hungry than usual
- hot than usual
- more vulnerable and tired than usual.
Some women also feel less attractive and less interested in sex than before, although some find pregnancy increases their sex drive.
Being open and honest about your feelings with people you know and trust can avoid hurt and misunderstanding.
Antenatal tests at this stage of pregnancy
Your doctor or midwife might talk to you about non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). NIPT looks at the risk of your baby having certain chromosomal abnormalities. NIPT can be done anytime from 10 weeks onwards.
If you need a CVS for medical reasons, it can be done between 10 and 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Food and exercise during pregnancy
After checking with your midwife or doctor, most women who are healthy with an uncomplicated pregnancy can keep doing their regular, moderate exercise during pregnancy, or start light to moderate exercise.
Aim for around 30 minutes a few times a week. Walking and swimming are good options.
If you’re feeling more hungry than usual, avoid satisfying your hunger with unhealthy food. Try to stick with healthy foods.
From this point on, the baby is called a fetus:
- It’s about 3.5 cm long from head to bottom, and weighs about 8 gm.
- All the organs are formed, but few are actually working yet.
- The heart has four separate chambers.
- It’s developing elbows, knees, wrists and ankles. The bones are all very soft. The webbing between the fingers and toes has gone. Baby can almost touch its own face.
- The internal sex organs are finished, but you can’t see the external parts yet.
- The tail has gone.