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7 week pregnant symptoms

All moms who have already conceived and those who are going to conceive must be aware of the pregnancy symptoms week by week. It is better to keep yourself well informed, whatever the reason maybe. You must be aware of what is happening inside your body, because it will help you to understand certain important things and also provides you with a whole new experience.

Our due date and stage of pregnancy is calculated from the date of your last menstrual period. The information on this article regarding 7 week pregnant symptoms is based on an average pregnancy, and symptoms may vary from person to person. It’s recommended to consult your doctor or midwife if anything sees off or not progressing normally.

Maternal Pregnancy Symptoms

  • Breast changes
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Frequent urination
  • Cramping

There is very little change in symptoms between week 7 and the previous couple of weeks. You are likely to be feeling incredibly tired. If you are one of the eighty percent of women who suffer from pregnancy nausea, you are unlikely to notice any improvement for a few weeks yet. Possibly, you have noticed a pattern to your nausea or have identified certain triggers – such as particular foods, smells or factors such as letting yourself get too hungry – which can help you learn to manage it better.

Bleeding in Pregnancy

One frightening symptom that you may experience in the first trimester is vaginal bleeding. Bleeding in early pregnancy can be very worrying for the mother, but it affects 20 percent of pregnant women and is not usually a sign that something is wrong with either mother or baby. However, just because it is common and normally of no consequence does not mean it does not need to be checked. Any bleeding in pregnancy requires attention from a doctor.

If the bleeding is not very heavy then the doctor may perform an examination and it is likely that an ultrasound scan will be done to check that the baby is developing normally (the heartbeat is visible from 6 weeks gestation). As long as the ultrasound technician can identify a heartbeat, there is a 90 percent chance that the bleeding will soon stop on its own and there is no threat to the baby. 

For an unfortunate 10 percent, the mild bleeding will worsen and the mother will eventually miscarry. There is nothing that can be done to influence the outcome of a threatened miscarriage. Medical advice is usually to carry on as normal and remain as positive as possible, since the likelihood of a happy outcome is good. Miscarriage signs are discussed in more detail under our article on 8 weeks pregnant.

One of the rarer causes of bleeding in early pregnancy is an ectoptic pregnancy. Currently, around 1 in 100 pregnancies in the USA are ectopic and around 1 in 300 in the UK. 

A pregnancy is ectopic if the embryo has implanted outside the womb (most commonly in the fallopian tube). The predominant symptom is persistent, one sided abdominal pain which is sometimes accompanied by spotting or light bleeding. 

Fertility can be impaired by an ectopic pregnancy, but treating the mother early can lessen the damage to the fallopian tube. Cervical problems, such as a cervical erosion, infection or polyp (a benign growth), may also be the cause of bleeding. Bleeding related to cervical issues is more likely to occur after intercourse.

If you experienced bleeding in the first trimester which had no serious cause, it is still important to seek immediate medical help if bleeding happens again after the first 14 weeks. Bleeding in later pregnancy is frequently a sign of a problem with the placenta.

Fetal Development

Your baby is now approximately 1cm long. The little paddles on the end of his limbs will start to separate, forming webbed fingers and toes. The baby is about to enter a very busy period of development where important organs such as the heart and the brain will become much more complex and fully functional. In just 15 weeks’ time, your baby – now no bigger than a small grape – would have a chance at surviving outside the womb. Read full post of 7 weeks pregnancy symptoms here.

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