11 Weeks Pregnant – Your Pregnancy Guide

Your Baby This Week – Week 11

Your baby this week – Week 11

11 weeks pregnant – Whoosh! Head, shoulders, knees and toes. Well, you baby has ‘em all! At just over 1.5 inches long and about the size of a lychee, she is now almost fully formed. She will soon be able to open and close her and make fists. The tooth buds where her pearly whites will form are also beginning to show beneath her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She’s also busy being a talented fish busy kicking and stretching, all while you can’t even feel them within!

Size of baby at 11 weeks

The baby now finally looks more like a baby than she has till now – she has distinct hands and feet in front of her body, ears close to their final shape, open nasal passages, a tongue and palate and even visible nipples. Her head is now almost half of her entire length. Her hands and feet have individual fingers and toes (goodbye webbed digits). Meanwhile, fingernail and toenail beds are starting to develop this week.

At the same time, your baby’s body is straightening and her torso is lengthening. Other poses your baby can assume now: stretches, somersaults and forward rolls. The movements are rapid, quick and very frequent even as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. Even though there’s a circus inside of you, you won’t feel a thing for another month or two. Another development? Your baby is probably hiccupping now that her diaphragm is forming.

 

Your body this week – Week 11

11 Weeks Pregnant – Your Body

At 11 weeks pregnant, your hunger is finally back — and that’s good: It’s the first sign that your nausea is relenting and your appetite is finally going up to help you nourish your body. Follow a good pregnancy diet by eating healthy and choosing the most nutritious foods by minimizing the junk. Remember to take your prenatal vitamins, if any, regularly. They contain important nutrients to nourish you and baby.

Bloating and Burping

Even though you’re not showing yet, it’s probably become harder to button those jeans. Thanks progesterone. This pregnancy hormone has the undesirable side effect of producing gas. What it does is slow down digestion so as to let more nutrients from food to be absorbed and passed to your baby. Another thing that is happening is that your growing uterus will crowd abdominal organs – stomach and intestines, and put even more pressure on the digestive tract. And this results in bloating. You can minimize bloating and gas by having small meals throughout the day. And of course steer clear of the big wig gas producers like beans, fried foods, soda and sweets.

Fatigue

Can’t imagine where your energy went? Are you either sitting or sleeping only? Fatigue in pregnancy is very normal. As your body works on making the placenta –  the super complex energy centre that will serve as your baby’s lifeline, you feel sapped even when you’re not really lifting a finger. Your energy will get a boost once the placenta is up and running and your system adjusts to this. In the meantime, listen to your body. And if what it wants is a break, give it that.

Keeping fit during pregnancy

Remember to take your prenatal vitamins everyday.  Try to include Omega 3 rich foods in your diet. They’re proven to be healthy fats that help in baby’s brain development. Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3s. However some forms of raw seafood have known to cause food poisoning during pregnancy and are harmful to you. Speak to your dietician to see what she recommends for you. What’s also good is to enrol in some prenatal yoga classes – they’ll help keep you nimble while you grow. Being flexible will also help you have an easier delivery.

 

Things to know about pregnancy in Week 11

At 11 weeks pregnant, you’re almost through to the second trimester. Yay! Is it okay to get a body massage during pregnancy? How can you best deal with food poisoning at this time?  To find answers to these questions and much more, sign up for ZenParent’s Great Beginnings.

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