Pregnancy Week 7

Pregnancy Week 7
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Mother:

Your face may break out due to the changes in hormones. So even though you may feel like a teenager again, you are not alone.

There are usually early pregnancy classes that are available for you and your partner. This can help make the transition to pregnancy more real for your partner and give you both some idea of what is to come. Contact your local hospital, birth centers, midwives, childbirth educators for a list of current classes.

Baby:

The hand plates become present this week, and the baby is about 7-9 mm CR by the end of the week. The genital tubercle is present, but you can't distinguish girls from boys by sight at this point. Nasal pits are forming.

Your baby will actually go through 3 sets of kidneys, very rapidly as they develop during this period. This week the second of such sets will form.

With a transvaginal ultrasound, one study shows that 100% of the ultrasounds will show a fetal pole with heart motion.

Dad/Partner:

What about sex in pregnancy? It's definitely not a thing of the past, but libido issues are certainly big throughout pregnancy. You might have strange feelings about having sex with a pregnant woman, but rest assured it's perfectly fine to have sex assuming there are no problems with the pregnancy.

Talk to her about your feelings and desires and be equally willing to listen to hers. Most women find a dramatic increase in their libido as the second trimester approaches and the fatigue and ill feelings fade.

Twin Tips:

Your diet is of particular importance with a multiple gestation. Some practitioners believe that the more weight gain you do early is a better chance you have of having healthy babies since multiples are more likely to be born early.

Luke B, Min SJ, Gillespie B, Avni M, Witter FR, Newman RB, Mauldin JG, Salman FA, O'Sullivan MJ. The importance of early weight gain in the intrauterine growth and birth weight of twins. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1998 Nov;179(5):1155-61.

Suggested Reading:

The Mother of All Pregnancy Organizers by Ann Douglas
It's never to early to get started! Preparing now will help make your postpartum period a bit easier. And I can't think of anyone as organized as Ann Douglas.

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