Pregnancy Week 7

How big is your baby?
Your baby will be going through a big growth spurt this week. At the beginning ofthis week the crown to rump measurement is between 0.16-0.2 inches, or 4-5mm, andby the time this week is completed your baby will measure 1/2 inch, or 1.1-1.3cm(11-13mm)! At the end of this week your baby will weigh about as much as an eyelash.

Your baby’s development
Leg and arm buds are now beginning to show, which have been developing sincethe 6th week. Although the arm buds are developing, they have not even divided intohand and arm segments yet.

Using an ultrasound machine you will be able to see the heart beating away insideyour baby’s body. At this stage the heart has divided into the left and right chambers.

Lung development has really moved along, and the primary bronchi already being present.

The cerebral hemispheres, which make up the brain, are also growing, as well asthe eyes and nostrils which continue to develop.

Internal organs which are also developing include: appendix, pancreas, intestinebulges, which at this stage bulges into the umbilical cord.

Your development
Changes are occurring gradually – although you won’t be showing your pregnancyyet. You may have noticed a slight weight gain already, or you may even have noticeda drop in weight. It is not uncommon for women to initially lose weight in the earlystages of pregnancy.

Intake of calcium during pregnancy
Dairy products are very important during your pregnancy as they contain a goodsource of calcium,which both you and your baby need. It helps to keep your calcium levels up and helpsyour baby to develop healthy teeth and bones. Calcium will also help to preventsome pregnancy complications, such as pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure.

Here are some good sources of calcium:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Processed cheese
  • Hard cheese, such as Parmesan
  • Natural cheese
  • Custard
  • Milk
  • Yoghurt

Caution: Some foods interfere with the bodys’ absorption of calcuim. Salt,tea, coffee, protein and unleavened bread will all decrease the amount of calciumyour body absorbs – so if you do drink and eat these substances on a regular basis,then you will want to start weaning yourself off them now.

Your body can not absorb more than 500mg of calcium at one time, so try and spreadyour intake of calcium over the full day. You should try and aim to take in about1200mg of calcium per day.


This Week with Dr Miriam Stoppard

Pregnancy Week 7