What’s going on when you’re 11 weeks pregnant
Almost done with the first trimester!
Congratulations! Your baby is blossoming into a full-blown human being as we speak! She may only be about the size of a strawberry, but she’s looking more and more like a person every day.
At this stage in the game, your baby’s head takes up about half of her entire body length, which means that her tiny brain is growing by leaps and bounds. Her fingers and toes have also begun to separate into individual digits instead of being webbed together.
Even though she’s just over 1 ½ inches long, your baby is doing some mighty growing by this time. If she’s a girl, she’ll even have started to develop ovaries now.
Now, your baby has begun to look distinctly human, with her hands and feet out in front of her body, open nares in her diminutive nose, and hair follicles forming on her head and elsewhere on her body.
Your baby also has a tongue in her mouth now to explore her palate, and she is beginning to develop fingernail and toenail beds as well, which is a good reminder to get some teeny clippers to prepare for your bundle of joy’s arrival.
What symptoms will I be experiencing?
You still have six months to go before your little one will be ready to burst into the world, but it is always good to stay informed and prepared for the future. Your baby can squirm, wiggle, stretch, and change positions now within your belly, which you are unlikely to feel this early in your pregnancy.
Your symptoms at 11 weeks of pregnancy might include feeling a bit more hungry, finally starting to “look” pregnant, feeling more gassy and bloated, fatigue, and/or dizziness. If your nausea from morning sickness hasn’t let up all the way yet, don’t despair, because for most women it does soon.
All of the extra progesterone that your body is producing right now to sustain your pregnancy is to blame for the gastrointestinal adventures that you’ve been experiencing. Progesterone helps the smooth muscles of the body relax, which includes the digestive tract, so while it is great for maintaining a pregnancy, it can have some unflattering side effects.
What can I do about my pregnancy symptoms?
To help with your gastrointestinal upset, try eating smaller, more frequent meals and stay away from known flatulence-producers like soda, beans, fried foods and sugary sweets. It is also fairly common to have less energy and feel fatigued during this stage of the pregnancy due to all of the extra work your body is doing in order to create the placenta and sustain your baby.
Your energy level will pick up as soon as the placenta gets finished and your hormone levels adjust. In order to help your get-up-and-go, you should keep your blood-sugar level up with frequent healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit and cheese.
She may only be about the size of a strawberry, but she’s looking more and more like a person every day.
Exercise can also help you feel energized, but the most important thing to do is to rest when your body tells you to. You may also be plagued with the constant need to urinate, which can be annoying. Don’t cut back on drinking though, because hydration is extremely important. You might consider cutting out caffeine instead.
Another common 11th-week pregnancy symptom is breast changes and tenderness. Many women find that they have to tell their partners at this stage in the game that any breast fondling is off-limits because it hurts, which tends to be a turn-off.
More tips to get you through
You might also be experiencing food cravings or aversions at 11 weeks pregnant. This is very common—that some foods you can’t stop thinking about and others you can’t stand. These symptoms should lessen by the time you hit four months pregnant.
If you are feeling faint due to your rapidly expanding blood volume, try to lay down and elevate your feet above your heart, which will increase your blood pressure. If you aren’t in an area where you can lie down, sit down with your head between your knees and take deep breaths.
Other tips to get you through the 11th week of pregnancy symptoms are: Try out prenatal yoga, practice good hand hygiene to ward of unwanted germs, increase the amount of Vitamin C in your diet, take good care of your teeth, find a workout buddy, eat some healthy nuts, and don’t worry if you’re not in the mood for sex. Your libido will return, we promise. In the meantime, get lots of rest, drink lots of water, breathe deeply, and enjoy some alone time.
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