Amazing changes are going on during pregnancy. Find out how your little one’s developing and what’s happening inside your body during these magical weeks
She’s about the size of a corn kernel now. Her heart’s begun to beat and can be picked up during an ultrasound scan. Her neural tube will begin to close – one end will become her brain, while the other will form her spinal cord. Dark spots will appear where your little one’s nostrils and eyes will develop, and the lens, cornea and retina begin to form. About a week later, skin begins to fold over her eyes, creating eyelids. These will be fused shut while her peepers continue to develop throughout the coming months.
It’s not unusual to feel puffy and bloated during the first few weeks of pregnancy and well before you begin to show. This is because the hormone progesterone can cause excessive wind during the first trimester, as it works to relax the muscles in your tummy to allow room for your baby to grow. Pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, mood swings and fatigue, may be much more noticeable now too, thanks to your increasing hormone levels.
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