A woman's body undergoes so many changes throughout pregnancy that different bodily symptoms develop. During the tenth week, the symptoms may be the same as those experienced since the beginning of the pregnancy or they may be more prominent. The baby is just over an inch long, says BabyCenter.com. His weight is hardly enough to be noticed by the mother, but her bodily changes are not likely to go unnoticed during this week and the weeks to come.
As the pregnancy progresses, the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby. BabyCenter.com points out that prior to pregnancy, the uterus was the size of a small pear; but during the tenth week, it is the size of a grapefruit. Most women experience some size changes in the midsection by this point. This may or may not mean she has had to begin wearing maternity clothes. It is very likely that her clothes are becoming uncomfortably tight. Along with the increased uterus, a slight bit of weight gain may have occurred by the tenth week. The rate of weight gain varies for every woman, but a health-care provider can help estimate a healthy rate of gain on an individual basis. It is not unusual for a woman to go without gaining weight during the first ten weeks.
Up to this point, a woman has probably noticed a few changes in her breasts and will continue to see some growth or swelling in the tissues. The areola has likely turned a brownish color and is enlarged. Breast tenderness is a common early symptom of pregnancy that persists through the tenth week. Some women may notice an increase in bust size, both in the cup and the band length. It may already be time for a larger or more forgiving bra.
Morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting, can begin early in pregnancy and persist until the 12th or 13th week. This nausea, vomiting, moodiness and head pain tend to subside when the second trimester begins. The morning sickness can occur at any time during the day, or it may even last as long as the woman is awake. Some women experience food and scent aversion during this time. This can make eating difficult, which can lead to more fatigue, faintness and other symptoms of low blood sugar.
Some women may begin noticing veins in the tummy, breasts and legs. This is due to increased blood volume in the body. Skin blotching can appear on the face, neck and chest. There are a number of reasons for the visible changes in the skin, including hormones and blood volume increases. eMedTV.com points out that the gums may soften and become more sensitive by this point in the pregnancy.
As the uterus expands, the surrounding abdominal muscles will stretch to make room. This can lead to muscle cramping and sometimes abdominal pain. This discomfort can progress as time goes on.
Constipation can begin early in pregnancy. By the tenth week, a woman may already have dealt with uncomfortable bowel movements. Constipation in pregnancy is due to hormones that slow the digestive process and the increased pressure placed on the bowels by the growing uterus. The uterus rests directly on the bladder, which can cause urination issues, such as more frequent urination, slowed urine elimination and the potential for urinary tract infection. WhatToExpect.com indicates that other digestive issues can develop, such as heartburn and excess gas.