Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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FIRST TRIMESTER / WEEK 7

Your Pregnancy Week 7

A Tiny Person Emerges
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Baby's Growth and Development at 7 Weeks Pregnant

During the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, your baby’s heartbeat was the big story. At 7 weeks pregnant, the most exciting event is your baby’s developing facial and physical features. Highlights for your 7th week of pregnancy include:

  • By the 7th week of pregnancy, she is 1/3 of an inch to half an inch long now — barely the length of your pinky fingernail.
  • Your baby’s face becomes more defined when you’re 7 weeks pregnant. Her mouth, nostrils, and ears begin to appear.
  • When you’re 7 weeks pregnant, the lenses in your baby’s eyes begin to form and the iris color is visible.
  • Her arms, shoulders, hands, legs, and feet begin to take shape by the 7th week of pregnancy, with the early formation of fingers and toes just another week away.
  • Around the 7th and 8th week of your pregnancy, your baby’s body elongates and her neck straightens.
  • Your baby’s brain becomes more complex during the 7th week of pregnancy. The skull that’s growing to protect it is transparent and rounding.

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Your Changing Body at 7 Weeks Pregnant

Your body continues to undergo lots of change to support your growing baby during the 7th and 8th weeks of pregnancy. Here’s what’s going on:

  • Your hormone production increases during the 7th week of pregnancy.
  • You might continue to experience some of the common symptoms of pregnancy such as breast tenderness, fatigue, or faintness.
  • You might feel like you have PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) with your emotional ups and downs.
  • By the 7th week of your pregnancy, a mucous plug now blocks the cervical canal, helping prevent germs from getting into your uterus. The mucous plug will pass late in pregnancy.

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Wellness and Nutrition at 7 Weeks Pregnant

Nutrition, exercise, and rest are essential parts of a healthy pregnancy. Practicing good habits now will help you throughout pregnancy, during labor and delivery and beyond.

Exercise for Yourself and Your Baby

Nutrition