Your pregnancy and baby guide
You and your baby at 10 weeks pregnant
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- Secrets to success
- Am I pregnant?
- Early days
- Week by week
- Preparing for the birth
- Work out your due date
- Tests scans and checks
- Your pregnancy (antenatal) care
- Your health and wellbeing
- Existing health problems
- Common pregnancy ailments
- Pregnancy-induced conditions
Labour and birth
- The start of labour
- The birth
- Emotions and worries
- Premature babies
- How to breastfeed
- Breastfeeding problems
- Lifestyle and breastfeeding
- Bottle feeding
- Newborn screening tests
- Newborn essentials
- New parents
- New mums
- Twins and multiples
Babies and toddlers
- Weaning and solid foods
- Baby health and care
- Spotting signs of serious illness
- Reflux in babies
- How to take a baby's temperature
- Reducing the risk of SIDS
- Treating a high temperature
- Sleep problems in children
- Coughs, colds and ear infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Infectious illnesses
- Children's medicines
- Looking after a sick child
- Serious conditions and special needs
- Constipation in young children
- Your baby's height and weight
- Baby health and development reviews
- Leg and foot problems in children
- Learning, play and behaviour
- Safety and accidents
Your baby at 10 weeks
The ears are starting to develop on the sides of your baby's head, and the ear canals are forming inside the head.
If you could look at your baby's face, you'd be able to see an upper lip and 2 tiny nostrils in the nose.
The jawbones are developing and already contain all the future milk teeth.
The heart is now fully formed. It beats 180 times a minute – that's 2 to 3 times faster than your own heart.
The baby is making small, jerky movements that can be seen on an ultrasound scan.
You at 10 weeks
You'll be offered screening to find the baby's chance of having Down's syndrome, as part of your maternity care.
Pregnant women and their babies are at higher risk from flu (influenza) and whooping cough (pertussis). You're advised to have a flu vaccination in pregnancy and whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy to protect you and your baby.
Domestic violence during pregnancy puts women and their unborn child in danger of miscarriage, infections and other complications.
Abuse often starts in pregnancy, and may be physical, emotional or financial in nature.
All pregnant women in the UK are routinely asked if they have experienced domestic violence by their midwife or doctor so they can receive advice and support.
Things to think about
Possible places to give birth: at home, a midwife-led unit (birth centre) or a hospital – your options will depend on where you live and whether you or your baby have any health problems or other needs.
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Page last reviewed: 04/10/2019
Next review due: 04/10/2022