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Highlights this week

Hearing the heartbeat

You may hear your baby's heartbeat on a fetal Doppler during your next prenatal visit. It sounds like galloping horses.

Will you find out?

You can take the NIPT blood test this week. It screens for Down syndrome and can tell you whether you're having a boy or a girl. 

Icky side effects

Constant salivation, heavier vaginal discharge, and bleeding gums are among the unexpected pregnancy symptoms you may be having.

10 weeks is how many months?

You're in your third month!

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Baby development at 10 weeks

Good night

Eyelids cover the eyes – they'll stay fused shut until 27 weeks.

Teeth connect to the jaw

Teeth start to harden and connect to the jaw bone.

Big brain

Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body.

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Your baby is about the size of a kumquat

1 ¼
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Pregnancy symptoms during week 10

A thickening middle

The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating. If you're between regular and maternity clothes, forgiving elastic waistbands (or low-rise waistlines) will provide some much-needed comfort.

Excess saliva

You may be salivating more than usual, especially if you're nauseated. You may accumulate so much saliva that you need to spit some out. Chewing gum may help you swallow it more easily.

Vaginal discharge

You may have a lot more vaginal discharge starting from early pregnancy until your baby is born. It should be odorless or mild-smelling and milky white. You can wear panty liners if you need to, but don't use tampons or douche.

Don't see your symptom?

Wondering about a symptom you have? Find it on our pregnancy symptoms page.

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Pregnancy checklist at 10 weeks pregnant

Include your partner

There are plenty of ways your partner can participate in your pregnancy – even this early in the game. Check out these great tips on how they can get involved.

Watch out for UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common during pregnancy. Let your caregiver know if you have pain when urinating, a constant urge to pee, lower abdominal pain, or cloudy and foul-smelling urine. A course of antibiotics will clear it up.

Consider NIPT

NIPT (noninvasive prenatal testing) is a blood test used to screen for Down syndrome in women who are considered high-risk. You can have it at 10 weeks of pregnancy or later. (It will also reveal your baby's sex.) Results are usually available in a week or two.

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Mayo Clinic. 2014. Fetal development: The 1st trimester. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-care/art-20045302 [Accessed May 2019]

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Kate Marple is a writer and editor who specializes in health, pregnancy, and parenting content. She's passionate about translating complicated medical information into helpful pregnancy and parenting advice that's easy to understand. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
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