Moms-to-be will be pleasantly stunned to know that their babies are growing busily this week. At 11 weeks pregnant, babies have outstanding human forms and characteristics which incorporate the following:
Developed fingers and toes: Gone are the webbed hands and feet, so your baby looks more human than ever. Hands and feet can be seen in front of the body and fingernails are already fashioned.
Increasing in body weight and length: Weighing about 1/3 ounces, your baby has also grown in length by more than five centimeters. The head has also grown and is now equal to the length the body. Likewise, your baby can also straighten his body and can stretch, do forward rolls and somersaults.
Hair follicles are already forming on the crown of the head and the body.
The ears are growing into their final form, the nasal passages of the tiny nose area are finally open and there is the presence of a palate and tongue in the mouth.
The fingernails and toenails have began to develop and grow.
If your baby is a girl, her ovaries are formed at this stage and nipples are already visible for each gender.
Pregnant women are happier when they are 11 weeks pregnant because most of the nausea and vomiting of the previous week has started to abate. Hormonal levels are fizzling out and most moms-to-be are having a much needed respite from fatigue and overall discomforts.
If you are feeling hungry, that is a significant indication that your appetite is returning to assist your body get the nourishment it needs. It also means the pesky morning sickness is fast disappearing. Try eating for two, but do not overeat. Always opt for nutritious, low-fat food and restrain yourself from eating salty chips. You will be able to minimize flatulence and bloating by ingesting small meals frequently rather than gorging a large quantity of food in one sitting. Avoid gas producing food like fried foods, beans, sweets and soda drinks.
It is normal to be tired during this stage of gestation, so take it easy and relax. Remember that you are eating, breathing and living for two. Not only is your body busy supporting a baby, it is also producing the placenta. This will serve as the complex system which will nurture and nourish your baby until delivery. This is no easy task and can be taxing!
Frequent snacks of protein and complex carbohydrates can keep your blood-sugar up, exercise can provide you with the required energy boost and taking a break when you feel tired are just some of the ways to cope up with fatigue.
Nausea and Vomiting
If you are still feeling queasy, don’t fret. Usually, most women get over this by the 12th to 14th week. Watch what you eat and keep one’s hand away from greasy foods and large meals. Low-saltine crackers usually help a lot in filling you up as well as mints and ginger candies.
During this point, moms-to-be will have aching breasts that can be bothersome. Though growing breasts can excite your partner, take the time to talk about how your extra-sensitive breasts can make you feel unexcited about lovemaking or even hugging.
A lot of pregnant women are questioning why they feel bloated when they are 11 weeks pregnant when the fetus is still two inches and not fully grown. The answer lies in the hormone progesterone, which causes the gastrointestinal tract to relax. This slows down digestion and leaves you with a feeling of being tumid.
HCG, a pregnancy hormone that produces a rise of blood flow to the pelvis and kidneys, is to be blamed for frequent urination. It gives you the feeling that you need to take a pee nearly every minute! However, do not cut down on your fluid intake since you and your baby have to be hydrated all the time. Avoid drinking too much caffeinated drinks like sodas and coffee and drink plenty of fresh water and juices.
Although experts are not sure what cause this, one culprit could be the pregnancy hormones. Brush your teeth often, keeping your mouth minty-fresh and dry as possible.
Are you surprised to find yourself gagging just by looking at food you once found delicious? Or maybe have this unusual craving for meat when you are a vegan? Don’t despair! These weird cravings and aversions to food may reduce by the 4th month of your gestation.
Dizziness or Faintness
If you feel faint or dizzy at times, this is a result of not enough blood supply to fill your widening circulatory system. Keep your blood sugar stable by eating small and healthy meals. Snacking with nourishing food and keeping them handy at all times will help prevent these conditions.
At 11 weeks pregnant, moms-to-be who are average in weight would approximately gain 0.42-2.2 kilos (1-5 pounds). This however will vary and will be greatly influenced by exercise and food intake.
You merely need a daily allowance of 340 calories a day in your second trimester and an extra 450 daily calories for the third trimester. However, many pregnant women are overeating because they assume that they should be “eating for two.”
To be able to stay within the recommended weight gain one must do the following:
Eat a healthy diet that’s high in fiber and low in fat and salt
Ask your doctor to assist you in developing an exercise program that is appropriate for you
Avoid sweets, high-calorie food and sodas
Do not eat twice as much as you commonly do
Eat frequent, tiny meals throughout the day to stabilize your blood sugar
Women who gain more than the recommended weight gain faces lots of health challenges, including: a higher risk of caesarean delivery or premature birth, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and trouble breastfeeding because of inadequate milk production or difficulty for the mother to position her infant for feeding.