10 Weeks Pregnant – what to expect

Now you're 10 weeks pregnant, this week is all about slow bowel movements, snoozing at your desk, getting started applying stretch mark cream and keeping your pregnancy under wraps 'til that 12-week scan...

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Watch our video to see what your baby looks like this week

Your baby’s building up muscles and flexing them, waving little arms and legs around like a jerky synchronised swimmer. And, up there in the jaw, the tooth-bud fairy is conjuring up tiny gnashers below the gums.

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And here’s a 3D scan of a 10 week baby…

So what’s happening to your body this week?

It’s all happening in your bowels right now – or rather, not happening. Pregnancy has a nasty habit of putting your innards on a go-slow, which does have its upsides (more time for food nutrients to be absorbed into your bloodstream, and passed on your baby) but the downsides can be a bit of an erm, strain. 

Help things along by upping your fluid and fibre intake (prune juice, anyone?) and if things don’t come unstuck, ask your GP for a ‘stool softener’ or a mild, pregnancy-safe laxative: trust us, it’s worth the temporary tell-the-doctor squirm for the truly blessed relief…

Our MFMer’s 10-week bump of the week

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Is yours starting to show? Check out other MFMers’ bumps in our 10 week bump gallery.

Did you know? Your baby’s now the length of… the top of a lollipop

This week, your baby measures 3.1cm, about the length from either side of the top of a lollipop. 

And is around the weight of… a grape

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Your baby now weighs around 0.2oz (6g)!

4 things you might need to know this week

MFMer’s tip of the week from our forum

“It’s hard to explain why you’re not drinking. I found that telling people I had hurt my back and was on strong painkillers was a good way of hiding it. Then when I need to go for 12-week scan I can tell family I’m having an X-ray on my back as it’s no better!” – NicNac88

Want to share your pregnancy with others going through the same as you?  There’s a birth club for your due date – take a look

Got some stretch mark cream yet?

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We’d love to tell you a fail-safe way to avoid getting stretch marks…  but we can’t. Still, there are stretch mark creams, oils and body lotions that can help.

Although they’re not magic potions, they do help keep your skin hydrated and more elastic, helping it to stretch more easily – and hopefully keeping the lines at bay. It’s suggested that, gulp, more than 50% of us will get a few streaky lines, so now’s a good time to get moisturising…

Our preg recipe for week 10 – Avocado, bacon and honey mustard chicken salad

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Why avocado is great for your growing baby

High in the ‘healthy fats’ that nutritionists get all excited about, avocado also ticks loads of early-pregnancy nutrient boxes with tip-top doses of folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and (morning-sickness-alleviating) vitamin B6.

Spread some on toast for a quick, quease-easing breakfast (not for nothing is avocado also called butter fruit) or slice generously into salads, snacks and sarnies.

See the full recipe and get cooking…

Baby namer – what do you think of these Game of Thrones names?

The popularity of hit TV show Game of Thrones has secured its legacy as legions of fans are adopting the mythical character names for their own offspring. Would you name your child after GoT?

Arya
Arya Stark has grown from a child into a powerful teenager bent on revenge for her family.

Tyrion
Tyrion Lannister (also known as ‘the Imp’) is one of the show’s favourite characters. Known for his love of drinking and quick-thinking wit.

Check out our dedicated Baby Names section for more inspiration. 

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So that’s plenty for this week, want to take a peek at what lies ahead – or look back at last week?

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