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Week 10

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Your Baby:

  • Will officially be considered a fetus by the end of this week.
  • Is over an inch long, maybe by as much as 3/4 of ANOTHER WHOLE INCH. That’s almost TWO INCHES.
  • That’s about the size of a…hmm…*glances frantically around room*…okay, it’s slightly bigger than a really big coat button, but not quite as long as a AA battery. There.
  • Has a heartbeat strong enough to be heard via a Doppler.
  • Most congenital conditions appear before the end of week 10, meaning the most delicate and critical development period is over. You can breathe a sigh of relief over that, but…uh, I wouldn’t go celebrate the milestone with a bathtub of gin, or anything.

You:

  • Might be starting to feel just the teensiest bit better, symptom-wise. Morning sickness “typically” peaks around week nine, but you have my permission to tell me to shove that “typical” business up my ass.
  • Just like I just flipped the double bird at my copy of Your Pregnancy Week by Week for telling me that I don’t need maternity clothes yet. Look, my bump may be 75% methane gas at this point, but that doesn’t mean my gasbaby should be made to suffer constricting waistbands.
  • New bras might be a good idea, as I recently discovered after seeing a photo of myself taken by someone else and oh look! Armpit boobs!
  • Congratulations! You’ve made it to the double-digits. The final weeks of the first trimester will slowly tick by but then ta-da! Second Trimester.

    Is anyone here a little…emotional? About…anything? And everything? While I have always been prone to a little teary-up-ness during movies and soft-focus commercials, I become a blubbery emo HOT MESS when I’m pregnant.

    Last time, before I even knew I was pregnant, I sat on the couch and sobbed sobbed sobbed during 13 Going On 30, completely helpless to do anything about it even after Jason walked in to find me raccoon-eyed and shaking, blabbering on and on about something about a dollhouse before he finally turned around and silently left the room.

    This time I had similarly proud moments during The Ghost Whisper (TELL MY DAUGHTER I’M SO PROUD OF HER!), HBO’s John Adams (SMALLPOX!), Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day (WE’RE SEEING A MOVIE IN THE THEATER AND I’M JUST SO HAPPY ABOUT IT!), and about a zillion times during the day when I am alone and able to indulge my shameful habit of seeking out sad news stories about babies on the Internet so I may shed hot tears and weep and then chase Noah around demanding hugs to make Mama happy again.

    I am a sick, sick person.

    Oh Yeah, THIS: My belly is big and round and high up and all in front. I know it’s mostly bloat and baby-related accessories at this point (see: inch-and-a-half, crown-to-rump), but the exact same thing happened to me last time. My belly popped out around week eight or nine and never popped back in — it basically just hung out there until the baby was actually big enough to take up the space.

    On the one hand, yay! Belly! I love round pregnant bellies and I loved the way I looked when I was pregnant (up until the ridiculous hugeness at the end, of course). And I’ll take a prematurely popped-out belly to all-around bloat-y largeness any day.

    On the other hand:
    “Aw, congratulations! How far along are you?”
    “Uh. About 10 weeks or so.”
    *well-wisher eyes belly, raises eyebrows in horror, backs away slowly*

    New This Time Around: I ate some weird-ass stuff last time, all in the name of Just Trying To Keep Food Down. I found a few things that just always tasted good and didn’t trigger my nose or my nausea (nuggets, fries, saag paneer, pudding), but I wouldn’t say I really CRAVED anything. At least not movie-style cravings where the woman is kicking her husband and demanding that he go buy her a ridiculous combination of foods. My bizarre eating habits were more about self-preservation than a desperate NEED for that particular food.

    I have cravings this time. CRAVE. INGS. Right now I want a can of black olives and a tuna fish sandwich on the Archer’s Farms whole grain white bread that you can get at Target. Nothing else will do, mercury and sodium content be damned. Sunday night I demanded Texas-style chili and chicken wings. I wanted them so badly my skin itched. Last night I wanted NOTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD but a vegetarian burrito from Chipotle with hot salsa and sour cream.
    I would like to note that NONE of these cravings have been obliged by my husband. NONE.

    (Perhaps I should try crying about it?)

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    43 Responses to “Week 10”

    1. psumommy Mar 26 at 9:14 am Reply Reply

      I was emotional like that with my first, but it seems to have tapered off with each pregnancy. (For example, I’m not picking fights with my hubby simply for an excuse to yell and then bawl my eyes out.) (Seriously, I did that with my first and maybe a little bit with my second.) I do get teary-eyed and choked up WAY more than I normally do. I had to choke down tears when I saw all of the women crying on American Idol the first time somone was cut this year.
      As for the big-early-pregnancy belly…I’d so much rather that. I’m more of the gain-weight-all-over-the-hip-and-butt-area type, and I pop out at about 7 months.

    2. thatgirlkelly Mar 26 at 10:55 am Reply Reply

      I don’t have cravings just food avoidances. If you come one step closer with that Tuna Melt, I am going to have to go all ninja on your behind.

    3. WabiSabiLife Mar 26 at 11:10 am Reply Reply

      I don’t have any strong cravings, but I find that I really want something, and then once I’ve had it, I can’t finish it. It’s over in my mind. There’s a lot of 3/4 finished food containers in the fridge. I think I might have trouble finding something new every single day for the next 30 weeks.
      As for the emotions? Even *I* am describing myself as a raving lunatic. I don’t cry at much, but guess what did it the other day? The B52s! They have nothing but fun, pop-y, feel-goodness in their catalogue and there I was, crying in my car.

    4. Karen Lee Mar 31 at 10:56 am Reply Reply

      Ok, I’m confused.
      When you say “Week 5″, do you mean you are just past 4 weeks along and into week 5? As in “This is the week that will end in me being 5 weeks pregnant”?
      Or does “Week 5″ *start* when you are officially 5 weeks pregnant?
      I’m trying to figure out which week applies to me right now and, by the math starting with weeks 1 & 2, it seems like I should be currently experiencing week 6, since I just passed 5 weeks.
      But then in week 5 you say you are “5 weeks and change” which means I would be in week 5. But then the math doesn’t work.
      *confused*

    5. Amy Corbett Storch Mar 31 at 12:56 pm Reply Reply

      Good question, Karen.
      I write each of the entries once I have completed the week I’m writing about — I wrote Week 10 on the day I actually crossed over into Week 11, so I can actually describe stuff that I think readers will experience during the full seven days of week 10.
      All the baby development stuff is also stuff that will happen DURING that numbered week — ie. your baby is considered a fetus by 10 weeks, 6 days. The day after that, YOU are considered 11 weeks along.
      So if you are 5 weeks 4 days, for example, the “Week Five” entry should describe where you and your baby are right now. You should read the “Week Six” entry right when you hit the six-week mark in a few days.
      I know not everybody knows exactly how far along they are to the day (I’m kind of guessing myself, that my pregnancy advances a week on Tuesdays, and I’m probably off by a day or two), but basically: the entries are meant to be read right when you hit that particular week number, to prepare and inform you of the stuff that will be going on in the next seven days.

    6. Anonymous May 26 at 4:01 pm Reply Reply

      Wabisabilife, I’m having EXACTLY the same problem, except that first I must COOK these things from almost scratch, and then once I’ve cooked them I have maybe 2 bites and I can’t eat it anymore! It’s a good thing my husband has such a killer apetite because otherwise we’d be lost in piles of perfectly good leftovers. Also? He hasn’t obliged a SINGLE ONE of MY cravings, either. Possibly because he’s afraid I will stop all the cooking?

    7. erin Jul 03 at 3:54 pm Reply Reply

      i have had 4 barbacoa burritos from chipotle in as many days. they are about the only thing that makes me non-barfy for the remainder of the day. So, it’s not a itty bitty baby pouch people are seeing, it’s a burrito pouch!

    8. Christine Jul 13 at 2:53 pm Reply Reply

      I agree with Erin…the “belly” I have now is mostly ice cream and full fat foods instead of baby. We’re not telling anyone yet, so instead I just have to be chubby. I didn’t think I’d be this big so fast!

    9. Jennie Jul 28 at 8:32 pm Reply Reply

      Funny … I’ve been craving Chipotle burritos, too. I get a little gaggy, as I do with most foods … but they sit well. And I’ve been craving refried beans and rice almost every single day.
      I’m feeling better. I didn’t expect it this soon (as I was still gagging in week 17 with my first one) … but I’m feeling much better. Yay!

    10. Melanie Aug 12 at 1:27 am Reply Reply

      OMG, yes! The other day my husband and I were grocery shopping, and we ran into one of those girls who was OH SO ATHLETIC in school, one of the ones who HADN’T gained weight at the 10-year reunion, and she said, “When are you due?” And of course my hubby says, “Middle of March!” After which I slapped him around with some deli sausage and told him from now on, until I had an excuse to be this popped out, he could just tell people “Oh, uh, after the first of the year, or… something.” Or, you know, leave the talking to the lady folk.

    11. SHELL Dec 03 at 2:23 pm Reply Reply

      I am on my third baby, but it is my husband’s first-
      and my cravings have consisted of water based fruits- I am absolutely dying of thirst and want citrus. My loving husband has indulged every single on of my requests, but he has told me that he may stop when they become unreasonable. he is proud that his little one shares his love for grapes though…teehee

    12. Elizabeth Dec 09 at 10:04 am Reply Reply

      I’m on my second baby, and my husband is more indulgent of my cravings this time. It could be because I’ve been vomiting so much, and there are so few things I can keep down, most of which I can’t make at home, and which, under normal circumstances, would most likely make me ill, such as steak biscuits and Frisco burgers from Hardees.

    13. jamie Dec 30 at 7:30 am Reply Reply

      I might be making myself nuts but I am feeling 100% better this week which to me is bitter sweet. Happy to be better but makes me think there might be something wrong with the baby (had a miscarriage at 8 wks in April). Keeping my fingers crossed till dr appt on Friday. Anyone else feel so much better during 10th week?

    14. Laura Jan 18 at 9:19 am Reply Reply

      Did anyone NOT have crazy large boobs by this point? They are a little bigger and at one point, my nipples were all “hi! we’re here” and even that’s gone away and they look like plain old regular nipples. It’s freaking me out to no end. (had a miscarriage at 8wks before) I know everyone is different, but I would sure feel better if someone was different like me!

    15. Megan Cole Jan 20 at 3:10 pm Reply Reply

      Laura, My breast aren’t much larger either. They are still super sensitive though! I also read that the areola is supposed to get darker, but that hasn’t happened either. However, I am starting to realize that no two pregnancies are exactly the same, and reading “what is supposed to happen” just freaks me out. I would suggest that you just call your doctor’s office to speak with a nurse. I have done that many times in my 9.5 short weeks, and all of my concerns have been calmed by just speaking with a medical professional. Best of luck!

    16. Efrat Mar 11 at 11:59 am Reply Reply

      Jaime, I am also feeling much better this week, and yeah, makes me nervous! I’m still tired and hungry all the time though. And with this second pregnancy, I have had much less queasiness than with my first around weeks 7-10. I am definately looking a little preggo, had to pull out all the maternity clothes. Trying not to gain weight too fast but I am just starving if I haven’t eaten in 2+ hrs….sigh…

    17. becca Apr 20 at 1:35 pm Reply Reply

      OMG thank you!!! This means so much to me to read about other women that totally understand what I am going through! This is my first pregnancy, and it is SO NOT COOL when someone at work asks “how far along are you?” To which you respond that you are at 10 weeks. To which they say “Really? Are you sure someone didn’t miscalculate? Because you’re so big!” Ugh.

    18. Mandi Apr 21 at 4:32 pm Reply Reply

      I had to laugh when I read the part about the gas baby. I had to laugh, but I think I farted instead.
      I commiserate with the water fruit (hello WATERMELON AND ORANGES!!!), and the being so cranky your husband considers moving out for a month until you’re in the second trimester. I am a teacher, and on top of battling the nausea that lasts exactly the duration of the school day, no more, no less, I am constantly fighting the urge to throw things and scream at my students who I know, deep down, are not the mindless idiots I feel like that are right now…. add that to the fact that I feel as though I am slowly turning into one of the monsters from Where the Wild Things are (albeit with pornstar boobs) and I think I need to just go back to bed! For 3 weeks.

    19. tricia May 03 at 9:46 pm Reply Reply

      I’m 10 weeks and 2 days. My 2nd pregnancy. Had a miscarriage a month ago. I’m hungry every 2-3 hours and the hunger pangs are severe if I choose to ignore them so I dont’.My OB says to do small frequent feedings so I don’t gain so much weight so quickly. I only have mild nausea during the day but it only lasts for a few minutes and then it’s gone. Sucking on hard candies work.Since I was reed thin before pregnancy, my bump is very noticeable. I’ve taken to wearing maternity clothes since my 9th week since I don’t want to subject my baby to my skinny jeans never mind if he’s just an inch long right now. My breasts are hard, tender, sore esp when I wake up. I also notice the areolas are darker and there more pronounced veins are seen all over my breasts and tummy. The best think to diminish your worry over not having pregnancy symptoms anymore is get an ultrasound to see your baby’s heartbeat and movement. By this time you can already see them move. I saw mine flap his/her hands. I was so relieved. During this time, I was diagnosed to have a subchorionic hemorrhage beside my uterus and was told to be on bed rest. After 2 weeks. I did my ultrasound again and the hemorrhage was gone. I’m still on bed rest now til the end of my trimester.

    20. tricia May 03 at 9:52 pm Reply Reply

      I forgot about the cravings.Like most of you, I crave for different things everyday. There’s no constant craving really. One day it’s a quarter punder burger with caramel sundae and the next its paella. Some days I crave for shabu-shabu and there are days when I want sardines. My husband was kind enough to indulge me since I haven’t asked for hard stuff yet.

    21. tricia May 03 at 11:00 pm Reply Reply

      I’m relieved to hear stories about us being moody and emotional at this stage. I never used to be so hypersensitive over my husband’s comments but now I am and over the littlest things! He’d joke around and I’d treat them seriously and then argue with him. So weird. I hope this phase ends soon. I feel bad for my husband who has to put up with all this.

    22. monique Jun 06 at 11:29 pm Reply Reply

      to those on bed rest: good luck and I hope you do well and feel better.
      I realize I have it good because I don’t throw up daily but having people tell me how easy i have it doesn’t make all-day-long nausea any more fun at work!!! (my boss told me she thought I was preggy because of the gasbaby)
      doppler next week: so scared there won’t be anyone there. anyone feel like that?
      Craving dumplings. Pork dumplings and big, juicy burgers. nothing else, but those. I’d give up all other food groups to eat those all day.

    23. ~niki Jun 19 at 1:05 pm Reply Reply

      The other day, I cried over pancakes.
      I wanted them, but the hubs didn’t want to cook.
      Seeing my salty tears, his guilt took over and he got up to grab the butter and milk. Of course by then I didn’t even want the dang things.

    24. Ella Jul 12 at 7:24 am Reply Reply

      Oh. Food. Right. Food exists.
      I have to admit to being jealous of everyone in the world who can eat right now. I’m almost 10 weeks, and so far I still can’t eat more than one small meal a day, and that meal is made of a desperate search to see what will stay down. Unfortunately, it’s been way more miss than hit.
      Has anyone else had this? Just this horrible, rampant nausea that won’t stop no matter what you do? I’ve even got prescription nausea pills, but after the third time those came back up (Ew) I gave up on them. Also crossed off the list: Preggie Pops, B-Natals, ginger, tea, water, juice, oranges, soup…
      Oh, food, I miss you. Especially you, Mr. Chipotle Veggie Burrito.

    25. Aaron Aug 14 at 10:34 am Reply Reply

      Thanks so much for all the great information. My wife loves coming to this site and reading about what’s going on with our baby! I’ve found there to be not as much great information for the dad’s out there, so I’ve started a blog written to my baby, from his/her father. So, if you’re a dad and want to commisserate over cravings or scratch your head over other odd behavior, feel free to drop by: http://roomiani-weinstein.blogspot.com

    26. Meredith Aug 24 at 4:01 pm Reply Reply

      I’m in my 10th week and finally starting to feel awake! I was sooo tired this time around (2nd pregnancy) that I could barely make it to lunch and then had to hide in the bathroom to take a quick nap at work. (Let’s face it, no one asks you why you were in the bathroom so long.)
      On the other hand, I get angry a lot quicker now. I have to remember to calm myself down in meetings before I comment on what is being said.

    27. Emily Sep 13 at 2:46 am Reply Reply

      Hi,
      this is my first, a bit of an accident too but just as much a blessing, I finall get to see my doctor for the first time on the first of October and am much looking forward to it. :) i have to say I LOVE this blog. It makes me laugh, feel in tune with my body and what changes the baby is going through. My sister in law showed me this sight and I am so thankful she did! I just wanna say that the not really lookin pregnant just fat thing is really frustrating, what’s more frustrating is not exactly being big enough for maternity clothes but also not fitting into anything really…:) but Its all for good. I am also in the place of being stuck between throwing up and icky tummy all the time, yet surprisingly, Mexican food as well as pizza NEVER bother me. My husband is officially sick of both. I think I might Try the chipotle idea :) thanks again for an awesome blog and great feedback.

    28. Rachel Oct 13 at 6:26 pm Reply Reply

      Ella,
      Oh yes, with my first pregnancy and somewhat with my second, I could hardly keep food down. Landed in the hospital a couple of times, both pregnancies, getting treated for dehydration. When I could finally eat again, saying “grace” took on a Whole New Meaning for me. Have you tried (grimace) suppositories? I had a phenergan suppository second pregnancy that worked. Also, I think there are zofran meds that dissolve in your mouth now for faster results? Ask your doc! Zofran works for me, sometimes. Not all the time, unfortunately. Get lots of rest during this time and drink (or suck on popsicles) as much as you can. The more hydrated and rested you are, the easier the nausea (well, for me, anyway). Hope you feel better soon!

    29. EBB Nov 10 at 2:43 pm Reply Reply

      I know Amy wrote that we should heave a sigh of relief that 10 weeks marks the end of the most delicate developments, but that completely freaks me out. I’ve been lucky enough not to have morning sickness but random food aversions are fairly strong. Suddenly my stomach does a triple lutz if I face down a salad at lunch time but won ton soup or pizza? Bring it on. Now I’m worried about all the fresh veggies I didn’t eat and what that means to the development of the baby.

    30. CP Apr 17 at 6:06 pm Reply Reply

      I can’t even believe this, but before I knew I was pregnant, I was watching 13 GOING ON 30 and crying like a baby! What’s going on? I don’t even like this movie that much!! I should take a pregnancy test…
      That was just incredibly coincidental, I couldn’t let that go.

    31. cass Apr 29 at 3:02 pm Reply Reply

      last pregnancy cried over chipotle tacos and the fact that my husband needed a shower before we could leave to go get it!

    32. Carm May 12 at 1:48 pm Reply Reply

      I ate a disgusting diet of McDonald’s and Indian food for my first two pregnancies. Those were the only two things that didn’t offend me. Glad to hear someone else was on a similar diet. :-)

    33. Emily Jun 03 at 12:47 pm Reply Reply

      This is totally me! I am 9 and 1/2 weeks and I’ve already got a belly. I KNOW it’s not baby, because it’s smaller than my pinky, but I have a bump that wont quit! I know it’s bloat and totally not baby yet, but I sort of love having it. 

    34. Emme Jul 03 at 8:36 am Reply Reply

      10 weeks tomorrow and I cried this week over not knowing where my hairbrush was. Problem solved by taking an impromptu nap and accomplishing nothing for the rest of the day. Thank goodness that was on a Sunday!

    35. lindser Jul 14 at 1:50 pm Reply Reply

      phew I thought I was just getting fat because I have been too tired to exercise and therefore I had grown a gut over two weeks. Turns out it is normally to have a bit of a belly at ten weeks, (although my love of ice cream probably does not help, ahem.) Also, I cried at the end of Bring it On! Oy…it is going to be an interesting next few months.

    36. Melissa Sep 10 at 6:29 pm Reply Reply

      Don’t feel bad, I cry during 13 Going on 30 when I am NOT pregnant lol!!! Being pregnant does intensify it though!  My husband walked in this morning when I was watching Mistresses (the season finale, where a pregnant woman gets into a car accident).  I was a total mess!  Oh, plus I cry during Boy Meets World…had to stop watching that before work lol!

    37. Cait Nov 04 at 10:54 am Reply Reply

      Unfortunately crying hasn’t helped me get anything obliged. I am between 9 and 10 weeks and on Saturday I wanted nothing except pancakes, Aunt Jemimah pancakes to be precise, and was happily gathering my ingredients when I discovered there was no milk in the fridge. No big, I’ll run to the store and get some, so I went to put on pants. Suddenly and honestly for no reason I start to cry while looking for my pants. All I got for explanation was that I was nauseated, tired and just done with my day and not having milk pissed me the fuck off. So now I am sobbing and my husband asks me what’s wrong and all I can say is “We don’t have any milk!”

      His response. “Hold on, I need to get the camera. We have to document this for our future child.” Not “Oh, honey why don’t you let me get milk.” Or “Poor Baby.” Nope he felt the need to capture my insanity on film to preserve it. Fortunately that is kinda why I love him :D

    38. Shay Dec 02 at 11:00 pm Reply Reply

      I feel your pain. Three other day at thanksgiving my nephew hit me in the face with a very fluffy pillow which did not hurt one bit, but I bawled and bawled. The pot thing felt so bad for hitting me but there was no stopping the blubbery madness.I have both cravings and aversions. I have not vomited yet, but the nausea comes along at times. One thing I’m finding hard to do is drink lots of water. I could gag at every sip. Yuck! Good luck all!

    39. Carpe Librarium Jan 18 at 2:36 am Reply Reply

      @Cait, have you seen that website called “Reasons my son is crying”? I pity the fool that starts one called “Reasons my pregnant wife is crying”. 

    40. Kylee Feb 09 at 3:25 pm Reply Reply

      I love reading the stuff you write, you are truly hilarious! Direct line to my funny bone, touché!

    41. Sarah Mar 21 at 9:02 pm Reply Reply

      I absolutely love love love  your calendar! Love! Thank you for posting online :)

    42. Anna Mar 25 at 6:06 am Reply Reply

      Cravings appear to be changing dramatically with each week. First cheeseburgers, then yogurt, then endless bowls of Cheerios, now I have to make an almond milk-banana-cocoa powder-peanut butter-cinnamon smoothie every morning before anyone talks to me or I will lose it. I just realized several minutes ago that all I want to eat today, tomorrow, and the next day is pulled pork sandwiches.

      I cannot for the life of me stomach vegetables. I usually eat a lot of veggies, but right now they sound so, so awful, all the time. Hope that will change.

      When will my boobs stop hurting? I dread taking off my bra every night.

      Also: crying at everything. Just big fat sobbing fits every few nights. Like PMS on steroids.

      Love this blog. Read it 4 years ago the first time around, and thoroughly enjoying re-reading everything this time, especially because everything is totally different for me this time.

    43. Kimber May 15 at 6:36 pm Reply Reply

      At this point the last go round I barely ate anything besides cereal because I was just not hungry. (I have plenty of extra padding, the doctor wasn’t too concerned.) This go round, I have NEEDS. Like I NEED Chinese food. Now. Nothing else will do. Last Friday I NEEDED Mexican and I dominated that guacamole. Last night it was mashed potatoes. Another day last week it was chicken salad. It’s bizarre, and for my husband highly entertaining since he’s getting to go eat Chinese and Mexican and I’m not complaining about spending the money on the food because I NEED it. All it takes is a post on Pinterest or a recipe on Facebook and I become obsessed and it’s the only food I can think of until I eat it. Between that and nipples/boobs that have only been this sore during the beginning stages of breastfeeding my daughter, round #2 is shaping up quite differently. 

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