Time is speeding and soon the first trimester will be over! In fact, this should bring some relief to you because all the intensive symptoms will start fading out on week ten and disappear completely a few weeks later. Notably, even though you seriously look forward to a remarkable baby bump, it will take more time before it can emerge.
The tenth week is a great milestone for the baby because all the organs have formed and are now functioning. This means that the baby has a great deal of independence, and it controls some functions. By the close of the 10th week, the baby will be about 1.22 inches. In the next couple of weeks (by close of the first trimester) the baby will lengthen exponentially because all the organs are now developed.
During the fetal stage, your baby is at a lower risk of congenital deformities. Note that though the organs are developed and functioning, they will still continue developing in coming weeks. By the close of the week, the toes and fingers develop further and appear separated. The nails start to form on each finger, and the baby can bend the legs and arms slightly.
Up to week nine, the baby’s skin was only a few cells covered and transparent. In week ten, a small cover starts to form on the skin to help protect the skin. The development advances further, and the spine and nerves can be seen growing rapidly. Legs, hands, and other major bones start emerging as ligaments that will later harden and become stronger.
While the baby enjoys the buoyancy in the amniotic sac, some of the amniotic fluid is absorbed to fill the developing digestive system and breathing tubules and help them develop until the last week. Notably, the yolk sac has also shrunk a lot because the baby is now feeding through the placenta.
These tests are targeted at helping to establish whether the growing baby is at risk and help clear things that can cause miscarriage. Remember that these tests are not 100% accurate because many fetuses are still developing.
One of the greatest risks that can cause miscarriage and even deformities is toxins and foreign materials. Therefore, you should try as much as possible to stay away from all forms of pollution. In particular, you should stay away from industrial pollutants and heavy metals that can easily find their way into the developing baby and cause deformities. Doctors advice pregnant mothers to ensure they keep off all types of medicines that can compromise the development of the baby such as antihistamines. If you feel ill, do not simply rush and take medicine from the nearby chemist, make sure to see the doctor for full diagnosis and proper description. Other sources of pollutants to be aware of and keep off include;