What happens now that you are 11 weeks pregnant? The first trimester closes to an end, pregnancy toxemia recedes and you are starting to feel the growing uterus. Outside changes are still hard to notice and you have already gotten used to the ones happening inside you. The fears of the first anxious weeks are behind and the future mom feels that she has become more emotionally stable.
What can you feel?
The pregnancy toxemia that has been torturing you all this time goes away gradually. But if that doesn’t happen, don’t worry. It can last up to the 14th week of pregnancy or even longer, but its symptoms will not be as strong as they used to be. Quite often instead of toxemia, you get heartburn and sometimes constipation may complement the not so pleasant picture. The reason is the hormones. Still, lots of women don’t get any of that, so there’s no point in preparing yourself for all the hardships.
During the 11th week of pregnancy, most women may notice that their belly just above the pubic got slightly bigger. No wonder in case your favorite jeans don’t fit you anymore or that low-rise outfits don’t feel that comfy. Even though your uterus has not yet outgrown the lesser pelvis area, the feeling of the growing belly may be there.
This stage is still in the risk zone so if you feel soreness or pain in your lower belly area or painful sensations in the small of your back, it’s better to see your gynecologist.
Vaginal discharge may be quite abundant during the 11th week. There’s no need to be scared about this: most likely this symptom will go away before your pregnancy comes to an end. Whitish discharge with slightly sour smell is considered to be normal. Some slight nipple discharge may be noticed as well. Don’t be worried and don’t try to squeeze it out: it’s just colostrum.
How’s your baby doing?
Your baby got bigger too. He is now as big as a lime: his height is 40-60 mm, and his weight is 8-10 g. Your little one grows quite fast:
– He can raise his head.
– He has a seizing reaction now.
– His digestive system is developing quickly.
– His genitalia start forming.
– Your baby can already react to the external stimuli.
– His movements become more distinct.
It’s quite possible that the mood swings are still there. Nothing to worry about, of course. Hormones do their part, so the abrupt mood changes are not anything out of normal.
Still, it would make sense not to blame it all on the hormones. Control your emotions, be patient and reasonable. Don’t overstrain yourself; big loads, both physical and emotional, stress your body out. Learn to relax: this will be of great help to you during your pregnancy and during labor.
Nutritious, balanced diet: this is your rule for the 11th pregnancy week. Be sure to include porridge and cereals, cottage cheese, fruits and veggies, beef, greens, nuts and vegetable oils (raw ones are better) in your diet.
Don’t overeat or you won’t be able to escape from heartburn and constipation. Eat in small portions every 3-4 hours. Fatty foods, spicy foods, fried or smoked foods are not your friends. Drink fresh water or fresh juices.
Screening tests and other medical examinations
At this stage of pregnancy, your doctor will recommend that you do the screening test. Screening is three ultrasound examinations and biochemical blood test. This is a mandatory test that helps to reveal the possible abnormalities of fetal development, that is evaluate the risk of such abnormalities. The procedure is nothing to worry about; it doesn’t affect your or your baby’s health in any way.
In case a doctor finds any troublesome factors during the test, you will be recommended to consult a geneticist. In any case, the screening test results can’t be considered a final verdict; it’s just a reason to do some more examinations.
The first screening test takes place during the 11th-12th weeks and this is also the optimal time for determining the exact gestational age duration. The ultrasound examination is for evaluating the pregnancy progress, revealing multiples or measuring the collar space.
What’s with the looks?
And in conclusion, let’s talk about the way your looks change. You may notice that your nails got brittle and your hair starts falling out. It’s pointless to fight these symptoms; everything will get back to normal after the childbirth.
Some women notice quite the opposite, though: their hair gets thicker and grows faster. We recommend that you stop using the hair dye (especially the one that changes your hair color drastically). The hormonal changes in your body may influence the result, and it may be quite unpredictable.
It’s time to use the anti-stretching marks oils (olive oil, for example) or you may regret the lost opportunity later.