At 7 weeks, you’re almost finished with your second month of pregnancy.
After eight weeks, you’ll enter your second trimester. Exciting times!
In this article, we’ll cover what’s happening to your body and your baby at 7 weeks pregnant, typical pregnancy symptoms to expect around this time, and how to best take care of yourself at 7 weeks pregnant.
We’ll also answer some common questions soon-to-be moms have around this time.
What happens at 7 weeks pregnant?
At seven weeks pregnant, you and your baby are making significant changes.
Seven weeks pregnant: Your baby’s development
By seven weeks, your baby is about 10 mm long from top to bottom, or ‘crown to rump.’
This is about the size of a blueberry, significantly larger than just a few weeks earlier.
Seven weeks is a time of rapid growth.
Your baby’s eyes and other facial features are starting to form and will develop significantly more over the coming weeks.
Their little head is more prominent now than other body parts, housing a rapidly developing brain.
Arm and leg buds lengthen at this stage, forming full arms and legs later. For now, they’re still little buds.
The umbilical cord starts to form at around seven weeks.
This will provide nourishment and support to your little one along with the placenta and amniotic sac, taking over the role now played by a tiny yolk sac.
Pregnancy symptoms at 7 weeks
Pregnancy symptoms typically show up sometime between 6 to 8 weeks pregnant.
Early signs of pregnancy include a missed period and some breast tenderness, but most women begin to notice symptoms around 6 to 7 weeks.
At seven weeks pregnant, you can expect the following common pregnancy symptoms:
1. Morning sickness
Morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms and can lead to discomfort for soon-to-be moms.
You may experience nausea and vomiting around this time and over the coming weeks. Some women don’t experience much vomiting but still feel nauseous.
You may also notice excess salivation as your body prepares to vomit, even if you don’t throw up anything.
Morning sickness tends to ease up around 14 – 16 weeks into your pregnancy, but for now, it’s something you’ll have to tolerate.
2. Gastrointestinal issues
You may notice gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, diarrhea, and indigestion at seven weeks pregnant.
These symptoms are not a cause for concern but will cause some discomfort. They show up due to drastic hormone changes and fluctuations throughout your body.
You can combat these symptoms with dietary adaptations, such as staying hydrated and getting plenty of fiber.
3. Food cravings and food aversions
Food cravings and aversion are common pregnancy symptoms and begin around weeks 7 to 8. You may notice a powerful craving for specific food types.
Cravings typically develop for sweet food but can be anything. At the same time, you may also notice a strong aversion to certain foods, even foods you used to enjoy every day.
Fluctuating pregnancy hormones can affect your diet, so you have a strong and little to no appetite the next day.
Some pregnant women experience cravings for non-food items, such as chalk, coal, ice, or clay. This phenomenon is known as ‘pica’ and may indicate inadequate nutrient intake.
Reach out to your healthcare provider if you experience this pregnancy symptom.
Fatigue is prevalent at pregnancy week 7.
In addition to rising levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG, your body is also making larger than usual amounts of progesterone. This hormone is strongly associated with sleepiness and fatigue.
As such, take this time to get plenty of rest. Pushing yourself through your sleepiness and fatigue is unnecessary and may lead to more health issues, such as muscle aches, pains, and headaches.
5. Light vaginal discharge
Don’t worry if you notice some light vaginal discharge at seven weeks. This is a common pregnancy symptom and indicates a healthy pregnancy.
This discharge will be white and milky and may be present until the end of your pregnancy.
6. More frequent urination
Your body makes more blood during pregnancy and releases large amounts of important pregnancy hormones.
These changes to your body lead to more fluids and stronger blood flow, leading to more frequent urination.
So, at seven weeks pregnant, you may notice more frequent urges to pee.
Don’t take this more frequent urination as a reason to drink less water. You still need to stay hydrated, so maintain regular daily water intake.
7. Light spotting
You may notice some light spotting at week 7, either when wiping or as a stain on your underwear.
Light spotting is normal and not a cause for concern, but if it seems heavy or unusual, don’t hesitate to consult your healthcare provider.
8. Cramping and physical aches
While you usually associate cramping and spotting with PMS, some cramping can also happen due to pregnancy. Your uterus is expanding and making room for the growing baby.
That means that some cramping at this stage is entirely normal.
However, if cramping is severe or persists, don’t hesitate to contact and consult your healthcare provider.
Self-care at 7 Weeks pregnant
When you think about the soon-to-be-born child, you may feel excited, anxious, curious, joyful, or all four. The journey ahead of you is exciting, challenging, and unforgettable.
There will be ups and downs, especially when morning sickness, physical aches, and digestive issues make life difficult. That’s why it is important for expecting mothers to prioritize their health and well-being now and move forward.
You can optimize self-care for yourself and your baby with the following:
1. A varied and balanced diet
Morning sickness and appetite changes can make it hard to eat well, but they make an extra effort to get healthy foods during your first trimester.
Make eating healthy by stocking up on good foods and finding healthy and tasty snacks easy. Some good pregnancy foods include:
- Whole grain bread
- Dark leafy greens
- Sweet potato
- Lean meat
- Fruits and veggies
- Dried fruit
You don’t want to over-exert yourself with exercise, but some light aerobic exercise during pregnancy is good for you and the baby.
Walking, jogging, and swimming are healthy and safe exercises for expecting mothers at seven weeks.
You’ll feel more tired than usual now and over the coming weeks and months. Your body is going through a lot, so it needs plenty of rest.
Listen to your body when it asks you to rest.
7 Weeks Pregnant FAQs
Moving forward, you will have many questions about your body, baby, and health. There are many answers available online and from experienced friends.
However, don’t hesitate to consult a professional healthcare provider if you have doubts or feel like some information is unclear.
You’re entitled to ask all the questions you need to ask to help put your mind at ease.
What to expect at a 7-week pregnant appointment?
You’ll attend your first prenatal appointment at seven weeks pregnant, and if not now, next week or the week after.
The first prenatal appointment will probably be the longest of all your prenatal appointments during pregnancy.
Typically the first appointment includes the following:
- Check-up – general health exam, measuring height and weight, blood pressure check, pelvic exam, uterus exam
- Pregnancy confirmation – Even though you got a positive home pregnancy kit test result, your healthcare practitioner will offer another urine test and will take a blood test to check hCG levels
- Due date – you may receive an estimated due date at this appointment if you know the date of your last menstrual period (LMP)
- Discussion – this first appointment and the ones that follow are an excellent opportunity to ask a professional any questions or concerns you have regarding your pregnancy
- Tests and screening – Your health is incredibly important now and in the coming months. That’s why your healthcare provider will perform various tests and screenings in this first appointment, including a urine test, bloodwork, genetic carrier screening, and STD tests.
What are the signs of a healthy pregnancy?
Even though pregnancy symptoms can cause discomfort, they happen because the body is undergoing important changes for your baby’s health and your successful pregnancy.
So, if you experience symptoms like tenderness in the breasts, more tiredness than usual, more frequent urination, gastrointestinal issues, and food cravings or aversions, remember that these are all signs of a normal, healthy pregnancy.
What is the chance of miscarriage at seven weeks?
Miscarriage decreases in likelihood the further along your pregnancy progresses.
According to one study, the chance of miscarriage at seven weeks is around 4.2 percent.
Adhering to dietary pregnancy recommendations and avoiding toxins such as alcohol and tobacco can significantly reduce your chance of a miscarriage.
How can I stop feeling sick at seven weeks pregnant?
Unfortunately, morning sickness is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms and tends to persist until around pregnancy week 14 or later.
Still, while you may not be able to avoid these symptoms altogether, you can try some small techniques to reduce morning sickness frequency and severity.
Try eating smaller meals regularly throughout the day rather than a large meal in one sitting.
Sip water throughout the day, and avoid drinking large amounts at once.
Opt for fresh, organic foods and whole-grain bread rather than highly processed ones high in saturated fats and sugar.
Ask for support from those around if certain foods they eat or cook cause you to become nauseous.
Should your husband come to the first prenatal visit?
It’s normal for a husband or partner to accompany you to your first prenatal appointment. This is a significant time in both of your lives, and he may have just as many questions as you.
Assuming that there’s probably a lot on your mind, bringing your husband or partner to the first prenatal appointment is easier than going alone and recalling everything the doctor said when he asks later.
Of course, if you attend your first prenatal appointment alone, that’s up to you.
Should I have a baby bump at seven weeks pregnant?
At seven weeks, you’re still in the first trimester. Your pregnant belly probably won’t start to show until you’re in the second trimester.
At seven weeks, significant changes are happening in your developing baby.
Your baby’s brain is growing rapidly, and facial features such as your baby’s mouth, eyes, and ears are developing early.
Morning sickness, tender breasts, and other pregnancy symptoms will become more noticeable now and over the coming weeks.
Taking care of yourself well is incredibly important now and moving forward, so establish a consistent self-care routine and do whatever you can to manage your stress levels healthily.