Although at 10 weeks you may not look pregnant to people you meet, you may realize that your pants feel tighter and you prefer loose-fitting tops.
Most women have a visible bump only in the second trimester (12 to 16 weeks). Some very thin women may start showing a bump as early as 10 weeks, but that is rare.
At week 10, your baby is just over two inches (5.08 cm) in length and is about the size of a lime, weighing about seven grams. Hence, the bump is too small to appreciate.
You may, however, hear the fetal heartbeat on routine ultrasound. Make sure you follow your doctor’s advice, stay active and take your prenatal vitamins regularly. Avoid alcohol, excess coffee, and active and passive smoking.
Some women may start showing the bump earlier in their pregnancy (even around 10 weeks), who include those with:
- A very small frame.
- Poor muscle tone.
- Anteriorly placed uterus (peculiar uterine position in the body).
Why is my abdomen so big at 10 weeks pregnant?
It is unusual, though not abnormal, for some women to show at around 10 weeks of pregnancy. If you are worried, discuss this with your obstetrician.
Here are the following reasons why you may have a big abdomen at 10 weeks of pregnancy:
- Wrong ultrasound (USG) determined date: This is often the common cause, wherein although USG puts your pregnancy at 10 weeks, you are far along.
- Twins: You typically start showing in the first trimester if you are carrying twins.
- Bloating: Bloating is a common side effect of pregnancy hormones, can exaggerate the baby bump, and may increase as the pregnancy progresses.
- Increased maternal age: Women who don’t have strong abdominal muscles often show their pregnancy earlier. This is more typical in older people.
- Excess amniotic fluid: Hydramnios or polyhydramnios is a serious condition in which there is too much amniotic fluid around your baby. This may make your abdomen larger and is generally a cause for concern. Causes of polyhydramnios include:
- Infections: TORCH infection in mothers in the first trimester of pregnancy is seen in many cases of polyhydramnios.
- Developmental abnormalities in the baby: A baby with poorly functioning kidneys, abnormality of the digestive tract, or Down syndrome may present with polyhydramnios.
- Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome: In this condition, identical twins share a placenta. The pregnancy is often a complicated one and may be associated with increased amniotic fluid levels.
- Rh incompetence in the mother and baby.
There is, however, no need to worry. Your doctor will conduct tests such as nuchal translucency screening (modified sonography between weeks 10 and 14 to test your baby for any developmental abnormalities including the risk of Down syndrome), chorionic villus sampling, and blood tests to diagnose any underlying conditions.
What should I be feeling at 10 weeks pregnant?
- Most women feel exhausted.
- You may still have morning sickness and episodes of giddiness.
- Some women experience a metallic taste in their mouths.
- It’s not unusual to have period-type cramps in early pregnancy because the fetus fixes itself into the wall of the womb, which can cause spotting.
- Some increase in discharge is normal with fluid that is mildly smelling and milky. If the fluid is yellowish-green and itchy, tell your doctor immediately.
- You may additionally have:
Can I exercise in the first trimester of pregnancy?
Most types of light cardio exercises are allowed in an uncomplicated pregnancy.
Activities that are generally regarded as safe in pregnancy are as follows:
- Swimming: A 30 to 40-minute swim session in a day is not only a fantastic way to unwind but also a very good exercise for your muscles, heart, and joints.
- Walks: Paced walks and brisk walks are allowed (in fact recommended) by most doctors.
- House and yard work: Most doctors advise you to continue with your daily activities such as walking your pet, caring for your children, mowing your lawn, doing garden work, washing the car, and doing other household chores during pregnancy. Avoid lifting heavy weights, performing activities that need twisting, and lifting the kids.
Take more pauses and rest breaks. Avoid climbing to reduce the risk of falling and exercises such as weightlifting, Zumba, high-intensity interval training, and running on treadmills. Although yoga is safe, avoid hot yoga. Practice only under trained supervision.
Guidelines state that most uncomplicated and low-risk pregnancies can allow for the occasional lifting of objects up to 36 lbs through approximately the 20th week of pregnancy and about 26 lbs after the 20th week.
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