Your baby this week
10 weeks pregnant

Your baby now

Your baby is moving inside you now, but you probably won't be able to feel it for several more weeks. If the fetus is stimulated (such as by movement or a dose of sugar from your food), it may open its mouth, squint, or move its fingers or toes. See more fetal development notes and images here.


Advice and support

"The first six months of my pregnancy I was really, really seasick -- everybody calls it 'morning sickness.' I call it 24-hours-a-day sickness!" - Kim Basinger on her pregnancy with daughter Ireland, in Movieline


Too sick to cope?

Morning sickness

Many pregnant women have nausea and vomiting severe enough to make it difficult for them to go through their daily routine. For some women, it can severely affect their nutrition. 

An estimated 35 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness that significantly affects their daily lives but hesitate to seek treatment. In addition, nearly one percent of pregnant women need to be hospitalized for severe vomiting.

While supplement and drug options exist, physicians first check for other causes such as gallbladder disease, hepatitis or the presence of twins or other multiples.

The first line of treatment is to try dietary modifications. "Frequent small feedings -- not letting your stomach get empty -- can be helpful," says Jennifer Niebyl, MD, University of Iowa professor and head of obstetrics and gynecology. "Women can keep crackers by the bedside to eat something right away in the morning, save part of lunch for the middle of the afternoon, and have a protein snack at night."

The doctor added that it is helpful for women to identify the odors and spices that are a problem. Certain things "trip people's trigger" and vary from person to person, she says.

To get more help with for morning sickness, check out the rest of the article, and see our this collection of information about nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.


Just say no

The experience of sitting in a hot tub or whirlpool may increase the risk of miscarriage in newly pregnant women, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Kaiser Permanente researcher De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, found that women who used hot tubs or Jacuzzis after conception were twice as likely to have a miscarriage as women who did not.

"Based on our findings, I would say that women in the early stages of pregnancy -- and those who may have conceived but aren't sure -- might want to play it safe for the first few months and avoid hot tubs or any exposure to hot water that will significantly increase body temperature," says Dr Li." Although the finding is still preliminary, it is prudent for women to take such precautionary measures to reduce unnecessary risk of miscarriage." To read more, click here.


Double delivery

Have you found out you are expecting twins and a little worried about what your delivery is going to be like?

Christina, a mom pregnant with twins, asks: "I just found out I'm pregnant with twins! All my friends are saying I will probably have to have a c-section delivery. Is this always the case with twin births?"

Expert Wanda Steele, RN, answers: "There are several factors which will determine whether or not you will have a cesarean delivery. A twin pregnancy, just being a multiple pregnancy, puts you at an increased risk for many complications. The rate of delivery by cesarean section is increased markedly for a number of reasons. The method of delivery, even in a singleton pregnancy, is determined in part by the position of the baby. A baby that is in the vertex or head first position is in the optimal position for a vaginal delivery. The head of the baby is the largest part of the baby. The head being the first thing through the narrowest part of the pelvis reassures us that the rest of the baby will be deliverable through the pelvis. The head of the baby, even though it is the presenting part in the pelvis, can be angled in many directions and this can directly affect the method of delivery."

To read the rest of her answer, click here.