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Your baby at week 11 of pregnancy
Your unborn baby body may still look a little weird during the eleventh week of pregnancy. To this point in his growth, his head has already expanded to take up more space than his entire body.
The rest of his body will catch up in a few weeks, so don’t worry about him. Your baby’s small intestine is currently visible outside of his body, winding around his umbilical cord.
11 weeks pregnant is how many months?
When you are 11 weeks pregnant, you are officially in 3 months of your pregnancy. Just another 7 months to go! Congratulations, you’ve already made great progress!
How big is your baby at 11 weeks pregnant?
Your baby has grown quite a bit this week, reaching a length of just over 112 inches and a weight of nearly a quarter of an ounce.
11 weeks pregnant: baby’s development
This is a time of rapid development for your baby. By week 12, the placenta will have finished developing fully. The earphones on the side of the head and the facial bones are now fully formed. Eyelids are still closed and won’t open for a few months, so don’t worry.
In this life stage, the head is significantly larger than the rest of the body; in fact, it accounts for one-third of the entire organism’s total length. However, the body is expanding rapidly. Aw, look, the toes and fingers are falling off!
Does the baby pee in the womb?
Yes! The fetus begins urinating in the amniotic sac during the 11th week after conception. The fetus urinates at a rate of around half a liter each day in the final month of pregnancy.
Water and glucose from amniotic fluid, which the fetus also eats, are absorbed by the fetal intestine around 11 weeks after conception.
Additionally, the fetal respiratory tract absorbs a lot of the water that the fetus ingests. In light of this, it is crucial that the amniotic fluid recycling process be rapid. In fact, every three hours the amniotic fluid’s water content entirely shifts.
Your body at 11 weeks pregnant
At this point in your pregnancy, it’s important to think about how you’ll keep up a balanced diet and regular exercise program. When discussing physical activity, it is recommended that you learn and begin performing 25 Kegel exercises every day.
You don’t need a gym membership to perform these routines! Congested commute? Dishes to be washed? Stuck in a meeting where your employer gives you a dull presentation or lecture? Now you can perform a Kegel! A strong pelvic floor and toned vaginal and perineal area are the results of regular Kegel exercises.
For a Kegel, one must contract the muscles around the vagina and anus and hold for eight to ten seconds. Confused? As a form of training, try to halt a steady flow of urine while you’re seated on the toilet.
The first trimester of your pregnancy is almost over! Your body is in full-fledged work mode, despite the fact that you may feel weary, sore, and even nauseous at times. As a result, more oxygen and nutrients may be carried to your developing baby and the rest of your body.
Your ligaments and muscles have been loosening as a result of the pregnancy hormones coursing through your body, allowing you to grow to accommodate your growing kid.
Your breasts have expanded greatly because other hormones have alerted the rest of your body to get ready to feed your infant. There may be little outward evidence of all the internal changes you’ve been going through save for a baby bump. (Your belly will grow to the size of a basketball in no time!)
Week 11 Pregnancy Diet
You may have seen your belly getting bigger and the numbers on the scale slowly rising. I understand. Gaining weight during a healthy pregnancy is normal. Many doctors are hesitant to assign a specific weight gain to a “typical” pregnancy since they recognize that every woman is unique.
You might not need to acquire as much weight as an underweight woman if you were overweight before getting pregnant. Accordingly, a lady of normal size might anticipate gaining 25 to 35 pounds while pregnant.
Even while weight gain is unavoidable during pregnancy, you shouldn’t abandon good eating practices in favor of extra ice cream scoops and double servings of everything else. Eating properly will not only improve your mood and provide your unborn child with the nutrition he needs, but it will also make it simpler for you to shed the excess weight when your baby is born.
Where do those pounds go?
Those added pounds are there for a reason; here’s how they are distributed:
- Baby: 7 1/2 pounds
- Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
- Placenta: 1 1/2 pounds
- Uterus: 2 pounds
- Breasts: 2 pounds
- Body fluids: 4 pounds
- Blood: 4 pounds
- Maternal stores (like fat, protein, and nutrients): 7 pounds
Keep in mind you’ll be adding these 30 pounds gradually throughout your pregnancy.
Avoid gaining too much
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t quadruple your calorie intake while pregnant. A healthy adult woman of average stature needs 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day.
You should increase your calorie intake by 300, not 1,000, to give your body the extra nutrition it need during pregnancy. In actuality, 300 calories are not a lot. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) claims that all it takes to add 300 calories to your diet is a bagel, some string cheese, or an extra tall glass of milk.
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.
11 weeks pregnant: possible symptoms
The first trimester (0 to 111 weeks) of pregnancy is different for every woman, and every pregnancy. According to the Office on Women’s Health, one of the most common early signs is a missed menstrual period.
Common signs and symptoms
The most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include:
- Spotting.You may see some spotting in the first trimester; call your healthcare provider if you see any more than a few drops of blood.
- Cramping.Mild cramping during pregnancy is common during week 9. As your baby grows, your uterus and other tissues around it will grow as well. It’s important to see a doctor right away if you experience discomfort that’s worse than period cramps, especially if it’s followed by a high temperature or diarrhea.
- Morning sickness. This could be the week that morning sickness finally hits you if it hasn’t already. Nausea that usually occurs in the morning can strike at any moment. It could be set off by anything, including certain motions, odors, an empty stomach, or perhaps nothing at all. Keep some crackers or other simple starchy snacks on hand for those unexpected spells of nausea.
- Exhaustion. It’s normal to feel wiped out from pregnancy exhaustion. Naps may assist when your progesterone levels rise and cause you to feel increasingly sleepy, and some women report that modest exercise and small meals help, too. Too little iron can lead to anemia, which in turn can make you feel weary all the time.
- Moodiness.The surge of hormones that occur during pregnancy can cause a woman to experience an outpouring of feelings, including sadness and even tears. Additionally, it is not uncommon to notice shifts in one’s mood.
- Frequent urination. It is also typical to have to use the restroom more frequently than usual during this time. Your kidneys are putting in extra hours of effort in order to handle the more fluid that is currently in your body.
- Mood swings. The remainder of your pregnancy could be rife with emotional ups and downs. The first trimester is when mood swings are most likely, the second is when they tend to lessen, and the third is when they can return. You can quickly and easily feel better by doing things like eating healthy, talking to friends, sleeping, and doing modest exercise.
- Food aversions. It’s possible that you will become more sensitive to certain odors and tastes when you’re pregnant. Hormonal changes can explain these food preferences, as well as most other pregnancy symptoms.
- Nasal congestion. A rise in hormone levels and blood production can cause your mucous membranes to swell, dry out, and bleed easily. As a result, you may feel stuffy or have a runny nose.
An increase in hunger. You may feel hungrier than normal, so eat more snacks, keeping in mind that 300 calories is all you need to add to your daily diet.
- No symptoms week 9 pregnant. That’s right, it’s possible to be nine weeks pregnant with no symptoms whatsoever! Every pregnancy and every woman is different. For example, some women never experience morning sickness, so if you’re one of the lucky few, enjoy these nausea-free days without worry.
11 weeks pregnant belly size
You’ve probably noticed that your midsection is getting thicker. It will take longer for you to show signs of pregnancy if this is not your first pregnancy than if you have carried a child before. Any way you look at it, just remember that your hiccup is on the way!
As your belly grows, the muscles and ligaments supporting it will strain. This might cause discomfort. If this persists or worsens, see a doctor.
11 weeks pregnant ultrasound
Ultrasounds at 11 weeks are standard checks on the health and growth of your baby. The scan will allow your doctor to see the fetus, take its measurements, and check for a heartbeat.
Pregnant women often have their first ultrasound between the eighth and fourteenth week of pregnancy. In most cases, another scan will be performed between 18 and 21 weeks.
It’s important to know that screening tests can detect a variety of severe developmental problems (including Down’s syndrome) in the early stages of pregnancy.
Your doctor has probably already stated this and started the process, but
Preparing for Pregnancy
Start your pregnancy out on the right foot by taking prenatal vitamins, consuming enough of orange juice (which is a good source of folic acid), and engaging in regular physical activity. Do not drink alcohol, use drugs, or smoke cigarettes if you are trying to conceive; you may not know when you became pregnant. Talk to your doctor about whether or not any medications, including those you use regularly, pose any risk to your unborn child.
The importance of prenatal vitamins during pregnancy
During pregnancy, you need a greater amount of folic acid and iron. Why? Here are some reasons:
- Folic acid prevents neural tube defects. These defects affect the fetal brain and spinal cord in a significant way. Preferably, you should begin taking extra folic acid three months before you become pregnant.
- The placenta and baby require iron to develop. The body uses iron to make blood to supply oxygen to the baby. Additionally, iron helps prevent anemia, a condition in which the blood lacks healthy red blood cells
It’s important to consult your doctor or healthcare provider to find out which are the best prenatal vitamins to take before pregnancy, and how to calculate your expected delivery date.
11 weeks pregnant hCG levels
At 11 weeks pregnant, your hCG levels can range from about 44,186–170,409 mIU/m.
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