— 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 pregnancy symptoms reduces significantly. Particularly, the most debilitating symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, vomiting, etc will be significantly reduced.
11 weeks pregnant means you are almost at the end of the first trimester, so it is the time to share the good news with your near and dear ones, especially in the professional circle.
Pregnancy week 11 also brings several changes in you and your growing baby. From this week, you may feel a little bit better when compared to previous weeks. If you want to take a trip, this week can be the perfect time to 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 nine months. If you are one among those, then don’t panic. Consult your healthcare provider and get a checkup on all the changes happening with you; they will give useful 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-week pregnant woman:
The placenta’s growth continues this week, and there is also a rapid development of the baby’s pituitary glands, so your body will get a break from the hormone production by pregnancy week 11.
By the end of the 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 from the navel down to the pubic hair, will look shortly. The fingernails and hair will grow rapidly during the pregnancy, and if it is not happening when you are 11 weeks pregnant, it will certainly happen within a few days.
It is the 11th-week pregnancy – have you started practicing the Kegels yet? If not, now is a great time to start. Practicing Kegel exercises will help greatly in the later stages of pregnancy and childbirth. Kegels is nothing but the contraction of vaginal muscles as you urinate. After a 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 helpful 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 high blood volume brings a glow to your face.
Fetal changes that occur in an 11-week 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 the rapid growth of your baby, so it is obvious to feel a little bit tired.
By this week, most of the baby’s parts are almost separated. From this week, your baby will be busy 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 be 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 outside the uterus.
The baby can move the hands, and the palms even obtain sensation to sense anything it touches. However, you may not feel the baby’s movements and activities. 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 and additional olfactory senses will start to grow. The baby can experience the first taste and smell when the taste buds combine with these senses.
Many of the baby’s internal organs start 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 open and close.
What care should be taken by an 11 weeks pregnant woman?
You need to be very conscious of the food you eat, especially increasing the intake of rich in vitamins and minerals. Before eating, just think that if the food doesn’t make any good for you, it may not do any good for your growing baby.
As the pregnancy progresses, it is obvious to feel more hungry even immediately after having the meal. But don’t satisfy hunger by eating ice cream or dessert. Consider eating fresh fruits, whole grain 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 avoid the condition. Also, some foods you consume in higher quantities may cause harm to your growth. For example, fish contains higher levels of mercury, which can be dangerous for your baby. So, more significant fish consumption is highly avoidable during pregnancy.
Remember that whatever you eat, just take only the required amounts because eating during pregnancy will make your postpartum weight loss extremely difficult. Sensible and healthy eating is highly recommended until you give birth to your child.
Have a wonderful journey of pregnancy!! Go on to know more about exciting things during pregnancy week 12…