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Size of Baby

Approximately 0.5mm, a common size of a chain necklace.

Development of Baby

Implantation begins. The blastocyst becomes the embryoblast and the trophoblast. The trophoblast differentiates into two distinct layers, the cytotrophoblast and the syncytiotrophoblast. The syncytiotrophoblast goes on to become the outer most layer of the placenta and it starts to produce human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), the hormone that sustains the corpus luteum, prevents menstruation, and is measured in pregnancy tests.

Maternal Symptoms

Similar to the previous week, you may have no symptoms at this point, you may experience some changes like a heightened sense of smell for example, or you may have a sense of knowing.

Things to Consider

You may find out you are pregnant around this time as you miss your period. Finding out you are pregnant often comes with great range emotions. It is important to know that it is really normal to experience a wide range of positive, negative, and neutral emotions. If you are considering terminating your pregnancy there are a wide range of charities including BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), who have detailed information and advice on this topic. If you have decided to continue with this pregnancy, then “Congratulations!”. If you haven’t done so already you will need to start taking a pregnancy multivitamin, and you will also need to think about your next steps. This could include booking an appointment with your GP or researching the various different hospitals in your area. Although birth seems far away at this point, it is important to bear in mind. For example, if you know you want a homebirth, you may want to book with a hospital that has a dedicated homebirth team, or if that isn’t available and you have the resources to do so, you may want to explore the option of working with an independent Midwifery team.

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