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10 weeks pregnant

When you are 10 weeks pregnant, symptoms can include cravings as well as morning sickness and tiredness. Your embryo will also be developing distinctive features.

Week by week stages of pregnancy: week 10

In week 10 of pregnancy, the embryo is entering another phase of rapid growth. Over the next fortnight they will develop a lot as you prepare to enter your second trimester.  Their face in particular will begin to take shape, resembling the features they will have when they are born.  In proportion to the body, their head will be large, roughly half the size of their body.  This will even out as they grow and develop into your baby. At ten weeks, the embryo’s fingers and toes are separating into distinctive shapes although they will still be webbed.  The embryo is roughly 4cm long and will double in size over the next month of pregnancy.

It is common for your baby to be referred to as both an embryo or a foetus at this stage. There is no definitive date your embryo becomes a foetus but it is normally between two to three months. 
At 10 weeks, familiar pregnancy symptoms are likely to continue. The symptoms of pregnancy will continue when you are 10 weeks pregnant. As well as perhaps experiencing morning sickness and tiredness, you may also be developing cravings for some foods. This will sometimes be for foods you never liked before or random mixes of food you wouldn’t otherwise eat together.  Many women will go off coffee and other strong smelling foods as a result of the changing sense of smell. These are very common pregnancy niggles and discomforts.

Further help and information

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support with all aspects of being pregnant, giving birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700. We also offer antenatal courses which are a great way to find out more about birth, labour and life with a new baby.

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