11 weeks Pregnant
— Morning sickness will almost come to an end and a great time to start easy exercises
When you reach pregnancy week 11, the severity of most of the pregnancy symptoms reduce significantly. Particularly, the most debilitating symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, and vomiting, etc will be reduced to a great extent.
Pregnancy week 11 also brings several changes in you and your growing baby. From this week, you may feel little bit better when compared to previous weeks. If you want to take a trip, this week can be the perfect time to take a vacation.
Read on to know more about the wonderful things of 11th week pregnancy…
Symptoms experienced by an 11 weeks pregnant woman:
If morning sickness is the symptom that still bothers you, this comes to an end by this weekend. As the severity of most of the pregnancy symptoms decreases with this week, you will start gaining weight of about 1 pound every week.
For some women, nausea and morning sickness exist for the whole nine months period. If you are one among those, then don’t be panic. Consult your healthcare provider and get a checkup of all the changes happening with you and he/she will give a suitable advice to reduce those symptoms.
During pregnancy week 11, some women may also experience hot flashes. Don’t worry about the condition as they are perfectly normal. Sleep difficulty is also the most common problem experienced from pregnancy week 11.
Physical changes that occur in an 11 weeks pregnant woman:
The growth of the placenta still continues in this week and there is also a rapid development of baby’s pituitary glands, so your body will get a break for the hormone production by pregnancy week 11.
By the end of 11th week of pregnancy, the position of the uterus rises slightly above your pelvic bones. This can be recognized by doing an external exam.
Linea-nigra, a dark vertical line coming from the naval down to the pubic hair will look shortly. During the pregnancy, the finger nails and hair will grow rapidly and if it is not happening when you are 11 weeks pregnant, it will certainly happen within few days.
It is 11th week pregnancy – have you started practicing the kegels yet? If not, now it is the great time to start. Practicing kegel exercises will help greatly in the later stages of pregnancy as well as child birth. Kegels is nothing but contraction of vaginal muscles as you urinate. After few days, even you can do this when standing. Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor and tone the vaginal and perineal area. This is the most useful method to prepare the pelvic region for birth dilation.
The increased blood flow in your body makes you look much more beautiful each day. The increased blood volume brings a glow on your face.
Fetal changes that occur in an 11 weeks pregnant woman:
Your baby is approximately 44-60mm (1.75-2.4 inches) long and weighs about 8 grams (0.3 ounces). This is the time for rapid growth of your baby, so it is obvious to feel little bit tired.
By this week, most of baby’s parts, from tooth buds to toenails and also the toes and fingers are almost separated. From this week, your baby will be busy in kicking and stretching. Baby’s movements are so fluid that they look like water ballet. Baby movements will be more frequent with the growth of the body.
Most of the baby’s development will tail off within the next few weeks. The major task for the next six months will be to become stronger and larger, until the baby can survive on his own even outside the uterus also.
The baby can move the hands, and the palms even obtain sensation and so they can sense anything it touches. However, you may not feel the baby’s movements and activity. The movements will become more recognizable when the bones become harder and the muscle strength of the fetus increase.
When you reach the end of pregnancy week 11, the baby’s smell as well as additional olfactory senses will start to grow. When the taste buds combine with these senses, the baby can experience the first taste and smell.
Many of the baby’s internal organs start their functioning and various external features like fingernails, toenails and hair will begin to develop.
Also, the development of reproductive organs will become more rapid this week. When you get 11 weeks pregnancy ultrasound, you can also observe how the baby’s fists will open and close.
You need to be very conscious about the food you eat, especially increase the intake of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Before eating, just think that if the food doesn’t make any good for you, then it may not do any good for your growing baby also.
As the pregnancy progresses, it is obvious to feel more hungry even immediately after having the meal. But don’t satisfy the hunger by eating ice-cream or any kind of desserts. Consider eating fresh fruits, wholegrain bread, or any kind of nuts as they are nutrient rich and help greatly with the healthy growth of your baby.
Frequent headaches are common during this time, so being hydrated will help to avoid the condition. Also, some foods when you consume in higher quantities may cause harm to your growing. For example, fish contains higher levels of mercury, which can be dangerous for your baby. So, larger fish consumption is highly avoidable during pregnancy.
Remember that whatever you eat, just take only the required amounts because over eating during pregnancy will make your postpartum weight loss an extremely difficult task. Sensible and healthy eating is highly recommended until you give birth to your child.
Have a wonderful journey of the pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 12…