We are experiencing exceptionally high volumes in our emergency rooms.
Every patient is important to us, and we are doing all we can to provide care quickly and efficiently.
Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Print Page

Week 10

Your Baby's Development

Watch Your Baby Grow

By week 10, all your baby's vital organs have been formed and are starting to work together.

As external changes (such as the separation of fingers and toes and the disappearance of the tail) happen, internal developments do too. Tooth buds form inside the mouth, and if you're having a boy, his testes will begin producing the male hormone testosterone.

Congenital abnormalities are unlikely to develop after week 10. This also marks the end of the embryonic period — in general, the embryo now has a distinctly human appearance. Starting next week, your baby will officially be considered a fetus.

Your Body

Your first prenatal visit, which often takes place around this time, is a milestone. At the doctor's office, you'll go through a series of tests and checks, including having your weight and blood pressure checked. You might also have an external abdominal examination to check the size and position of your baby and have your urine tested.

During the visit, your health care provider (who could be an obstetrician, family doctor, midwife, or nurse practitioner) will do a thorough examination. This includes an internal exam and a breast exam. Your health care provider will also ask you many questions about your medical history and any family health problems. This can help determine if your baby is at risk for genetic diseases.

Another thing your provider will check? Your baby's heartbeat! Using a Doppler stethoscope, you should get to hear it for the first time.

Your provider will probably send you for a blood test to find out whether you're immunized against varicella, measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles), and to find out your blood type and Rh factor. You also may be tested for certain infections, such as syphilis or hepatitis B, and you may be offered an HIV test.

Testing blood for certain genetic disorders is also commonly done — the type of tests offered will depend on your situation and preference.

"Week 10"

PREGNANCY CALENDAR: A week-by-week guide

Lea este articulo en Español

What next?

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.