Week 11 pregnancy feelings

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For some Pregnancy is the most wonderful time in their lives, for me it’s a difficult time with a great reward at the end.

However your feeling we are now on the journey together, it will be challenging and tough and totally exhausting but I can promise it will all be worth it.

I believe knowledge is Power so I am delighted to share with you my favourite weekly Pregnancy guide with you.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Pregnancy Week 11

Pregnancy week eleven is a big week for any mother-to-be. Last week, you may have heard your baby’s heartbeat for the very first time. You also started seriously thinking about investing in some maternity clothes as your old pants aren’t fitting quite like they used to. Some of the pregnancy symptoms you’ve gotten used to are starting to taper off. Unfortunately, other pregnancy symptoms are starting to appear. The changes this week aren’t just with you though. There are big things happening with Baby as well. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from pregnancy week eleven.

What’s Happening with Your Baby

The first thing a lot of expectant mothers are going to have this week is, although your baby is kicking and dancing around in your belly like a little ballerina, it is still only about one and a half inches long – roughly the size of a small lime – so you’re not going to be able to feel those movements just yet. While you’re probably quite excited to feel that first kick, you still have a short time to wait for that to happen.

So what is your baby doing this week other than dancing around and getting those little limbs moving? Lots! Your baby’s diaphragm is now forming which means your baby is also now going to be experiencing something we all know well – hiccups! That’s right, Moms! Your little lime sized baby is going to start getting the hiccups. Of course you aren’t going to be able to feel this just yet but just knowing that it could be happening really drives the point home for many mothers-to-be. This isn’t a hypothetical baby. It is growing and developing and, before you know it, you’ll be holding your baby in your arms – hiccups and all.

Hiccups aside, life is now especially exciting for your baby because it has now developed the ability to feel things with palms of its tiny hands. It is now exploring its face with its hands which is actually pretty beneficial in a few different ways. First, by touching its face with its hands, your baby is helping itself develop coordination in the limbs. They still have a long way to go, of course, but this first little step is an important one. The second benefit of your baby’s newly developed curiosity is that these small explorative gestures help to develop the nerves in its hands. Both of these things are great building blocks for your baby’s future development.

Aside from developing their touch sense, babies are also starting to develop their sense of taste and smell around pregnancy week eleven. While your baby started swallowing last week, this week your baby is beginning to be able to taste things and smell things. This is really exciting stuff. In terms of its actual physical development, your baby is almost completely formed by this time in your pregnancy. There is still a lot of growing and developing in your baby’s future before it’s ready to meet the world but the basics are all there waiting to be built upon.

So your baby is still far too tiny for you to notice his or her movements but for how much longer? Well, Baby is now entering its rapid growth phase. While your baby weighs around 8 ounces at this point and is only an inch and a half long from crown to rump, you can expect that to change and change very quickly. Over the coming weeks your baby will triple in size and will still have much more growing to do. It will still be too early to tell whether you’re going to have a little boy or a little girl but even that time isn’t far off. Things are moving quickly and that isn’t going to change. You’re going to be a mother and the next few months are going to go much faster than you think.

How You’re Feeling

There is good news and bad news when it comes to the pregnancy symptoms you can expect to encounter during pregnancy week eleven. Let’s start with the good news. For many women, the fatigue they’ve been feeling since the beginning of their pregnancy is more or less gone and they’re feeling at least a little more energetic. There is also good news with morning sickness. It is around this point in the pregnancy that most women stop experiencing morning sickness or at least stop experiencing it as badly. Of course, it’s important to remember that every woman is different and some women will continue to experience fatigue and morning sickness from the very start to the very end of their pregnancy. The majority of expectant mothers, however, will experience a significant reduction or the complete elimination of both of these symptoms around pregnancy week eleven.

Now, I ‘d mention some bad news, so let’s talk about that. Constipation and heart burn are big pregnancy problems at this point in your pregnancy. While it’s likely of little comfort, both heart burn and constipation are perfectly normal pregnancy symptoms. Most pregnant women experience them at least to some extent. These symptoms typically start around the eleventh week of pregnancy although again, every woman is different. Some women will start experiencing these symptoms sooner. Other women will experience them later. Some pregnant women won’t experience them at all. The important thing to remember is that neither of these symptoms means something is wrong with your pregnancy. At the same time, not getting these symptoms doesn’t indicate an unhealthy pregnancy either. You just might be one of the lucky women who doesn’t get constipated or suffer heartburn pregnancy. Try not to gloat.

If you’ve been having a hard time keeping food down or having a hard time working up an appetite, pregnancy week eleven will probably be the start of some positive changes for you. You’ll probably find the nausea that makes it difficult to find an appetite starting to wane making it much, much easier for you to eat. You may also start experiencing very specific food cravings. While you want to make sure your baby is getting the nutrients it needs, it won’t hurt to indulge your cravings, as long as the food you’re craving is pregnancy safe.

What You Should Be Focusing On

At this point in your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to start developing and strengthening your support system. If you’re able to, talk to your mother about the best and worst things about her pregnancy. You probably won’t experience the exact same things your mother did, but there will probably be some similarities. If you find out what she went through, you may be able to prepare yourself for things you may potentially go through. This will also give you a chance to share your happy moments and your concerns with someone who has actually experienced pregnancy first hand.

Sharing your pregnancy experiences with someone like your mother or your friends who have had children can be beneficial for many reasons but it’s also important to share and not compare. Don’t create a mental checklist of what you feel you should be experiencing based on the stories you hear from your friends and family members.

With the return of your appetite, you also need to start paying closer attention to pregnancy safe foods. There are a lot of things you should avoid eating or drinking while you’re pregnant but there are other things to watch for as well. We’ll talk about what you should avoid eating and drinking in a moment, but for now, let’s talk about how you prepare your food and what you need to look out for.

You need to be very careful about how you handle your food. If you’re cooking dinner and are using raw meat, make sure you wash your hands with hot, soapy water after you’ve handled the meat before you touch any other food. It’s also important to make sure you thoroughly clean any surface the raw meat has touched before you put cooked meat or any vegetables you plan on preparing on the same surface. Any surface that has been touched by raw meat should be considered contaminated and should be cleaned to avoid cross-contamination.

Leftovers can safely be eaten as long as they are reheated until they’re steaming before you eat them. This is extremely important. Deli meats are also safe but the same rules should be followed. If you’re making a sandwich with deli meat, make it a hot sandwich. If your deli meat is not steaming hot, you should not be eating it. Deli meats and leftover foods may contain all sorts of things that aren’t good for your baby and may also contain things which could give you food poisoning. You definitely don’t want that.

Now, lets talk about foods and beverages you should be avoiding. I don’t think I need to get too detailed here, so let’s keep it to a bullet list. Ready? You should avoid:

  • Alcohol (obviously)
  • Caffeine (including chocolate, I’m afraid)
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • Unpasteurized juice
  • Cold deli meats or uncooked meats
  • Pickled fish
  • Any food that contains raw eggs
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • King mackerel
  • White snapper
  • Sushi

Caffeine is okay in small doses. By small doses, we’re talking less than three eight ounce cups of coffee. You can also have tuna despite popular belief but you have to limit the amount of tuna you eat. Stick to no more than six ounces of canned light tuna per week.

Pregnancy Week 11

Your Baby’s Development This Week

The baby has grown rapidly, now 2 1/2 inches long, from crown to rump, and weighs 1/2 ounce. Externally, the toes are no longer webbed, the nasal passages are open at the end of the nose now, external genitalia is formed, (but still will need sometime before gender can be determined by sonogram,) and nipples are visible, too. Internally, the testes and ovaries are developed, the cartilage is hardening, (a process that continues into childhood,) and muscles in the intestinal walls start to contract, practicing for digestion. Amniotic fluid is beginning to accumulate as the kidneys start to work, and this provides a cushion for baby. The baby is quite active now, somersaulting, stretching, and flexing.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 11

You might be noticing a nice new side effect of pregnancy now. Your hair and nails could seem to be growing like crazy all the sudden. Doctors are not even exactly sure why it happens, but if you have new lustrous ‘do’, you don’t care why, so much as you are enjoying it. However, you might need more trims to both your hair and nails.

A less attractive side effect may be emerging this week, too. Bloating and increased flatulence (gas). This is due to the hormone, progesterone, relaxing those large muscles and slowing digestion. It can be embarrassing, the belches and gas, but rest assured it’s common among pregnant women. To lessen the problems, continue small meals, don’t overwhelm the sluggish system with huge meals. Also, avoid gas producing foods, such as beans, spicy greasy foods and the like. As the uterus grows, the problems only increase as it crowds the intestines and stomach throughout the pregnancy.

Visit With the Obstetrician

Your doctor might not have told you about an important exercise that you should be doing while pregnant, and continue after baby’s arrival. Called Kegel exercises, these little maneuvers can make a big difference. They strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, helping prepare you for birth, and fighting off urinary incontinence. You do them by tightening those muscles that stop your flow of urine. Do it to realize what muscle to focus on, but don’t continue to practice during urination, that will cause other problems. You can also check to see which muscles you need to work on my inserting a finger into your vagina and tighten around it. You will want to tighten and hold those muscles for a few seconds, ten times a few times a day. You can also mix up the routine by doing some quick counts, or by doing an elevator kind of slow tightening. Other benefits to Kegels, increased tone can aid orgasm. Just be sure when practicing to concentrate only pelvic floor muscles, do not tighten abdomen, or hold your breath.

Preparing for Baby

If you are like most pregnant women, you love knowing everything about what is happening with you and your growing baby. Having a pregnancy book or three, is a good investment. However, check some out at the library first, or borrow from friends or family to see which ones you actually prefer.

As you near the end of your first trimester, now is a good time to start thinking about any travel plans you may have. With all the fatigue and nausea of the several weeks soon behind you, the next trimester is actually the ideal time for a trip. You will be feeling much better, and you want need to worry about missing doctor’s appointments, or being too close to your due date. Most women feel their best during this middle section of the pregnancy. However, be sure to discuss any travel plans with your physician, including the means of travel, where you will be traveling to, and any special activities you have planned. Some destinations have special concerns, for instance clean water, or temperature extremes. Also, whatever mode of travel, make certain you never sit for too long. Make sure to take frequent stretch and bathroom breaks, and not to skimp on meals. If you are going to an amusement type facility, discuss with your doctor what things are safe and what should be avoided. If you have big plans for later in pregnancy, go ahead and bring that up now, too at your visit. Discuss with your doctor what things warrant a call, and whether you should contact any certain local physician or hospital while traveling. Of course, bring all your insurance and physician information with you on any trips.

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11 Weeks Pregnant

All About Baby

During your 11th week of pregnancy, your baby-to-be’s body still may look a little strange. At this point in development the head makes up nearly half of his body size. Don’t worry, in the next few weeks the rest of his body will catch up. Right now, part of your baby’s small intestine coils around the umbilical cord outside his body — this will change soon, too.

All About You

This is a good time to consider ways to maintain a healthy diet and good exercise routine during your pregnancy. Speaking of exercise, it’s a good idea to learn Kegel exercises, and time to start doing 25 a day. These are exercises you don’t have to get to the gym for! Stuck in traffic? Washing dishes? Listening to a boring presentation or a lecture from your boss? Then you can do a Kegel! Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor and tone the vaginal and perineal area.

To do a Kegel, tighten the muscles around the vagina and anus and hold for eight to 10 seconds. Confused? Practice by stopping a stream of urine when you’re on the toilet.

You’re almost done with your first trimester! Although you may be tired, sore, and nauseated at times, your body is in full-blown work mode. Your blood supply has increased to bring oxygen and nutrients throughout your body and especially to your unborn baby. Pregnancy hormones have been pulsing through your system, relaxing your ligaments and muscles so they can stretch and expand to accommodate your baby. Other hormones have put the rest of your body on alert — your breasts have grown considerably in preparation to feed your newborn. With all these internal changes, you may have little to show for it on the outside but a slight baby bump. (Don’t worry, your bump will be basketball size before long!)

Pregnancy Diet

Along with an increasing belly, you may have noticed the numbers on the scaling inching upwards. That’s OK! Weight gain is part of a healthy pregnancy. Many physicians hesitate to attach a certain weight gain for a “normal” pregnancy, pointing out that every woman is different. If you began your pregnancy overweight, you may not need to gain as much as an underweight woman. That said, an average-sized woman should expect to gain between 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy.

While weight gain is inevitable, pregnancy doesn’t mean that you should throw out healthy eating habits in favor of extra scoops of ice cream and double portions of everything else. Eating sensibly will not only make you feel better — and get your baby-to-be the nutrients he needs — but it will make it that much easier to lose the weight after your baby’s born.

Where do those pounds go?

Those added pounds are there for a reason; here’s how they are distributed:

Keep in mind you’ll be adding these 30 pounds gradually throughout your pregnancy.

Avoid gaining too much

Despite the old adage to “eat for two,” you shouldn’t double your caloric intake during pregnancy. A normal-sized, healthy adult woman consumes between 1,800 to 2,200 calories a day. To supply your body with the added nutrients it needs during pregnancy, you should increase your calorie count by 300, not 1,000. In fact, 300 calories isn’t that much. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a bagel, some string cheese, or an extra tall glass of milk is all it takes — any of these choices will give you an extra 300 calories.

Foods that are good for you and your baby-to-be

Make the most of your increased calories by choosing foods that will provide the maximum nutrient kick. Here are a few nutrients that will benefit you and your unborn baby:

  • Protein: This important nutrient provides the building blocks for tissue. In your unborn baby, protein promotes muscle growth; and for you, protein builds up breast tissue. Bring on the meat, chicken, and milk!
  • Calcium: Strong bones begin with calcium. Your baby-to-be will need plenty of calcium to build her bones, and your bones will need extra support, too. Add plenty of cheese, milk, and calcium-fortified juices to your grocery list. (Maybe a little ice cream, too!)
  • Iron: Remember that increased blood supply? Well, iron is what helps form blood. Choose iron-rich foods such as red meat, eggs, beans, and green vegetables.
  • Folic Acid: Found in oranges, green vegetables, and beans, folic acid prevents spina bifida, a serious birth deformity. Don’t forget your glass of orange juice in the morning to help stave off this potential problem.

Pregnancy is not the time to diet. Instead of worrying about gaining weight, base your food choices instead on what will provide your growing baby the nutrients she needs.

Got questions about Week 11? Other women have asked this…

Q: I’m 11 weeks pregnant and I’m really exhausted. Why do I feel so tired all the time?

In early pregnancy, many women complain of fatigue. This fatigue is not like being a little tired; it feels like big-time exhaustion! One of the hormones of pregnancy, progesterone, is the biggest culprit. This hormone makes you feel like you could put your head down no matter where you sit and take a nice, long nap! In addition to progesterone, your blood sugar is being used up for your growing baby, adding to your fatigue. Read more about feeling tired during pregnancy.

Q: Is it really bad to eat peanuts?

This is a great and important question. Peanuts are a great source of protein and nutrients, and are relatively low in carbohydrates. Peanut allergies, however, can be very serious. Read more about eating nuts during pregnancy.

Q: Which skin creams are safe to use?

These are really good questions to ask, but hard questions to answer. Very little research has been done on skin product safety in pregnancy, so we are left with a little scientific information combined with common sense to guide us. Read more about pregnancy-friendly skincare products.

Q: Any advice for pregnancy over 40?

If you look at the biggest barriers to successful pregnancy over 40, the first is fertility, and the second is first-trimester miscarriage. Read more about getting pregnant after 35.

Your Partner

Write It Down

There is a moment, often towards the beginning of the second trimester, when your partner begins to feel so much better. She may no longer struggle with morning (er, any-time-of-day!) sickness and may even experience a boost of energy. This is the time that many expecting women enjoy most about pregnancy, and it gives you a chance to enjoy the pregnancy with her.

There is significantly less stress for you during the coming trimester, and this is a good point at which to begin thinking about what the future holds for you (and how you feel about it!). Keep track of your thoughts and feelings about all of the changes! Try writing it all down. You can keep a journal just for yourself (or to eventually give to your child), share your thoughts and experiences with your family and the rest of the world with a blog, or consider keeping a photo scrapbook: You can take pictures of you and your wife as the new baby becomes more and more obvious.

The benefits are great to journaling your experiences. Being able to look back in eight to 10 months and see where you were at this point — and how far you have come — can provide you with a wonderful sense of accomplishment (particularly at a point when you may not yet be feeling especially confident as a novice father). Writing down your thoughts and feelings even after Baby is born is a great way to process these new changes and challenges in your life, to better understand why you are reacting the way you are, and even to solve some of the issues you may be struggling with as a new dad.

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