7 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

7 Weeks Pregnant – Pregnancy Week by Week

Welcome to week 7 of your pregnancy! This week is yet another waiting game… thinking “I’m pretty sure I’m still pregnant…” while you desperately wait for that first prenatal appointment and sonogram. Most doctors recommend that you wait for this appointment until you are at least 7 or even 8 weeks pregnant because it can be hard to see the baby on an ultrasound prior to this point. This week, symptoms tend to take a nosedive… for the worse. At 7 weeks pregnant, most women are sitting in a constant state of icky… burpy, barfy, tired, achey, for the LOVE OF GOD GET THAT STEAK AWAY FROM ME-y.

7 Weeks Pregnant from the Doctor:

Your first prenatal visit will be the longest so come prepared by eating a good meal beforehand and bringing along snacks and water. Your husband is welcome at all prenatal visits but he will want to make sure he blocks his work schedule out for this first, very important visit. This visit will include an ultrasound for the baby’s heartbeat, a detailed health history, a physical exam, lab tests, and calculation of your due date. Zika virus exposure will be assessed at this visit as well.
Many people infected with Zika virus will not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. But infection during pregnancy, even infection without symptoms, can be passed from a woman to her fetus. It is important that, when asked, you inform your provider about travel in the 6 months prior to conception as well as your husband’s recent travel and if either of you are planning travel during pregnancy.

7 Weeks Pregnant from the Pregnant Lady:

Week 6 was ROUGH for me. In fact, it was the worst week I have had in this pregnancy. A day before I turn 7 weeks, though, I started feeling MUCH better. Like, all the sudden I wasn’t nearly as sick and instead of lying in a constant state of nausea all day long, I’ve had a good 3-4 hours between major hits to my system in terms of fatigue and the gurgles.

I was sick [as in I sat in nausea all day long] from week 6-week 13 last time and then the nausea continued to hit on and off until week 19. So when symptoms almost altogether stopped this week, I started to have some serious anxiety wondering if the unimaginable was happening. My boobs still felt like someone was sawing them off and I still gagged OUT LOUD when I walked by the trash can in the garage and walking up the stairs made me feel like I had climbed Mount Everest, but I still worried. I spent 4 days of this week in Colorado and I think the cool, dry air played a role in my feeling better because as soon as I was back in humid, hot Texas in August, the nausea peaked back in more often [but still not as badly].

My worries all went away when we saw our baby raspberry on that sonogram screen and heard that precious heartbeat. I immediately googled the heart rate equals gender theory and according to that [and the Chinese calendar], we are having a GIRL! [The heart rate theory was wrong last time, but the Chinese genre calendar was right with B! Haha!] And I went home excited and refreshed and feeling like I really am for sure pregnant!!!!!!!!

Your first prenatal appointment – What to expect

This appointment is BIG, so expect to be at the doctor’s office for a long time. My appointment started out with a sonogram, followed by a “You’re Having a Baby” consultation and then the lady-part exam that everyone LOVES.

The Sonogram

You’re still about 10 minutes pregnant, so don’t expect this sonogram to be like the ones you see on TV where they squirt the blue stuff on your belly and rub away. Most sonograms done at this point in the pregnancy have to be done trans-vaginally, so you’ll have to spread your legs for it… sorry, lady… just go ahead and get used to it. You’ll be spreading them nice and wide for lots to see over the next 9 months… it’s a thing.

I was lucky enough that I was close enough to 8 weeks and my raspberry was positioned perfectly to be seen from the belly! Yay! Expect to hear that heartbeat and see that little tadpole blob. Also expect to fall in love with that tadpole and breathe [or cry] a sigh of relief! Guess what? Seeing that little heartbeat means that your chances of miscarriage have now reduced to 10%… you’re not out of the double digits yet, so I wouldn’t be posting that sonogram photo to social media right now, but that statistic makes this mama VERY happy! [Your chances decrease to 3% after the first trimester! Wahoo!

The Consultation.

You’ll probably have a discussion with someone in the office [maybe your doctor, maybe a nurse] about pregnancy, what the next 9 months will look like from a medical perspective [ex. how often you’ll see the doctor, which appointments you’ll have bloodworm done at…] and the options you will have for DNA testing, gender screening and more! This is when you’ll be introduced to cord blood banking and any extra testing that you can opt into over the next few months. They’ll usually provide a packet with the hospital’s birthing class registration, information on booking Labor and Delivery tours, parking information and more. You’ll also get a lot of information on how to best take care of your body [and you’re little strawberry] during pregnancy.

The Exam

Then the fun part happens… you get your standard women’s wellness check. Yes, you’ll spread your legs again. You’ll have a breast exam [which hurts because of your stabbingly sore boobs] and then you’ll get a pap smear and exam down there. SO FUN! Your doctor will answer any questions you may have like “Can I take Tylenol or naw?” and “I’m craving sushi… PLEASE can I have some?” [the answer is probably “no” to that one… ask your doctor, not me.]

What are you feeling?

Weird Smells

This week, my sense of smell would bring me to my knees, y’all. TO. MY. KNEES. I was a gagging mess simply walking by the trash can, or in a stinky parking garage or by my sister as she ate a biscuit that smelled like my Border Collie after he went swimming in the sewage tank [that actually never happened but that’s what I imagine he would smell like if it did]. Don’t even get me going on my precious little angel’s dirty diapers! While my nausea was better, this was something that I was NOT prepared for… it didn’t really happen all that much in my last pregnancy. Woah.

Constipation and its Side Effects…

I forgot about this last time. It’s a thing. I don’t know if it’s the increased iron in the prenatal vitamins or what but pooping is NO FUN. Then you get all the fun side effects that go along with it. I name them all “Hemmy”. Get to know Hemmy… he’s sticking around throughout the pregnancy and he’ll DEFINITELY bring his entire family to the delivery and right after… I guess he really likes to meet the baby. Increase your fiber intake to help if you’re in the same boat. That’s easier said than done, especially when the thought of spinach makes you gag.

How to Survive this week:

Keep waiting it out. Keep taking care of yourself. If you can, do something a little active. If not, rest, rest, rest. Keep taking your prenatals and drinking water and get ready for your big appointment. Once you see that baby raspberry in the monitor, I promise, you’ll have a renewed sense of excitement! You got this, momma!

1st Trimester Resources

Here are some posts you mind find helpful during your first trimester:

5 Natural Products for Surviving Pregnancy // Fitness for 2 – Pregnancy Fitness 101
Fitness for 2 – Working Out in the 1st Trimester // Our Gender Reveal Party
12 Ways to Pray for Your Unborn Child

   

Disclaimer: As with anything, your doctor, midwife or health practitioner should be the most-esteemed and final word when it comes to pregnancy symptoms, medications, prenatal vitamins and to-do’s. This series is meant to be informative and fun, but is in no way purposed to replace the information that your doctor can provide. Always check with your doctor first.
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