- May 12, 2020
- Rai Cornell
- Posted in Resources
It's the tenth week of your pregnancy and you may be starting to show. It's probably beginning to sink in that one day in the not-so-distant future you'll be holding your baby in your arms. Until that day comes, there are a few things you can do to prepare, like checking in on your baby's healthy development through prenatal screening tests.
At this stage of your pregnancy, you might be starting to experience a few unpleasant symptoms (like morning sickness). You may also be wondering about your baby's development. How big is she? How can we be sure she's growing healthily?
NTD Eurofins offers several prenatal screening tests that answer some of your most pressing baby development questions – even at just 10 weeks of pregnancy. Here's what to expect as your pregnancy continues.
Pregnancy Symptoms at 10 Weeks
First, let's discuss what you're experiencing at 10 weeks pregnant. It's likely that you still feel like the patient in a Pepto-Bismol commercial: you're suffering from nausea, heartburn, and indigestion. You're likely dealing with constipation rather than diarrhea, but otherwise, your symptoms are similar!
The good news is that your morning sickness should go away soon. Your body is currently working to supply necessary hormones for your baby's growth and development, but by week 12 or 13, your placenta will take over and should relieve you of that nausea.
Another visible symptom of pregnancy is more visible veins. If you've noticed that you can see your veins much more easily than you could before pregnancy, don't worry: pregnancy causes blood volume to increase by almost 50%, which makes veins stand out more than they normally do.
If you're still feeling too tired to function, you only have a few more weeks to endure. By the second trimester, you should have your energy back – just in time to work on baby's nursery!
Baby Development at 10 Weeks
Of the several key developments during your tenth week of pregnancy, arguably the most exciting is that your baby's heartbeat is now detectable by a doppler. Your OB will likely let you hear your baby for the first time at your next appointment!
Your baby is also busy growing new teeth, but don't worry: they'll stay firmly below the gumline until she's around six months old. Along with tooth buds, your baby is forming her bones and cartilage. Her little legs and arms are small, but they're much more human-like as of this week.
Though your baby is still so tiny, her digestive system is up and running. The stomach is producing digestive juices already, the kidneys are producing urine, and the liver is secreting bile.
Even though all of these remarkable developments are creating a human baby, don't forget that she's still incredibly small. At 10 weeks your baby only measures about 2 inches long and weighs about a quarter of an ounce. She is small but already mighty!
Prenatal Screening Tests at 10 Weeks Pregnant
While you're experiencing new symptoms and your baby is growing new features, how do you ensure that your pregnancy is progressing according to plan? Prenatal screening tests are a great option to monitor your baby's development. NTD Eurofins offers several options to check in on happy, healthy growth.
Maternal Fetal Screen T1®
If you're looking for a prenatal screening test that will cover a wide variety of medical conditions, then Maternal Fetal Screen T1® is a great choice. It's an enhanced prenatal screening test offered between 10 weeks and 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Your OB will sample your blood and perform an ultrasound sometime between your 10th and 14th weeks of pregnancy. He or she will also check for fluid accumulation behind your baby's neck (a nuchal translucency), which can be a risk factor for Down syndrome.
The Maternal Fetal Screen T1® combines ultrasound measurements with five biological markers in your blood sample. The screen analyzes the amount of alpha-fetoprotein, free beta hCG, pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A, placental growth factor and Inhibin A in your blood.
Free beta hCG very accurately indicates the presence of Down syndrome, and NTD Eurofins is the only lab that includes that measure in its trisomy screening tests.
From just one blood draw, you can receive critical information about aneuploidy, early-onset preeclampsia, and the option for fetal sex assessment.
Preeclampsia Screen T1℠
Preeclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition for pregnant women that causes high blood pressure. The Preeclampsia Screen T1℠ from NTD Eurofins is the only early-onset screening test for this condition.
The screen assesses your medical history, biochemical markers, and biophysical measurements taken by your OB. These components of the screen will allow your OB to determine whether you are at risk for early-onset preeclampsia.
The end of your first trimester is in sight and it's time to check in on your baby's healthy development. Soon you'll be picking out stretchy jeans, painting a nursery, and buying diapers!
To learn more about prenatal screening tests and other pregnancy-related issues, please browse the many resources at NTD Eurofins.
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- American Pregnancy Association. (2019). Pregnancy Week 10. American Pregnancy Association. https://americanpregnancy.org/week-by-week/10-weeks-pregnant/
- CDC. (2019). Facts about Down Syndrome. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/downsyndrome.html
The information provided represents the general opinions of NTD Eurofins and is not intended to be used as specific advice for any one individual. Individuals should always consult with a physician to obtain specific advice and to receive answers to any and all questions or concerns related to health, wellness, pregnancy, and birth.
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