Alright, good news: your first trimester is one week away from being over! We’d want it to pass as smooth as possible. And for that, there are a few things that need to be on your mind during this time. As always, we got them covered for you in this article. So what should you be expecting at 11 weeks pregnant? Find out below!
11 Weeks Pregnant: All you Need to Know
How is your body changing?
Your child is quickly developing within your womb, but physical changes in your body may not be apparent just yet. That being said, there are a few cases where some woman begin to see some differences in their hair, fingernails and toenails, usually relating to an acceleration of growth. So if that’s the case with you, there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Occurrences of similar nature are nothing out of the ordinary during a time such as the one you’re going through. It should be noted that healthcare providers have not entirely determined the reasons behind these things but it is thought to be caused by either hormonal changes or the increasing blood flow. The important thing to note is that they are of no major consequence on your pregnancy.
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How is your baby changing?
Most people would not be aware of this, but a baby’s head at this time would take up about half of his/her entire body length. The eleventh week of pregnancy is also marked by the separation of both the fingers and the toes. And while the bones should begin to harden at this point, the fetus’ skin should very much still be transparent. The external part of the reproductive system would be on the verge of being completely formed. Give it a few more weeks and you might very well be able to find out your baby’s gender.
And you might be wondering when you’ll be able to feel the kicks in your belly. It’ll take some time but that doesn’t mean that the baby isn’t doing anything. On the contrary, the baby would be very active at this point, even if you don’t notice it.
How should you be prepared for this week?
You might have been going through some unbearable mornings of feeling sick throughout the first few weeks of your pregnancy, and chances are you’ve noticed that you started to lose weight instead of gaining it. You should know, if that’s the case, that what you’re going through is completely normal and that there’s nothing to worry about if the description matches your experience. On average, in the majority of cases, an increase of 3 to 4 pounds in weight (1.3 to 1.8 kilograms) occurs during the first trimester.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (or the ACOG) advice pregnant women to try managing their weight gain to fall between 25 to 35 pounds (11.3 to 15.9 kilograms) while going through pregnancy. It is advised to learn more about the subject to understand exactly how much weight you should be gaining.
Tips for a healthy eleventh week
Many of the recurring questions that come from pregnant woman revolve around the idea of travel during pregnancy. It’s a common thing to wonder about, especially if you’re required to move around a lot for work related activities or anything else. It should be reassuring to know that it is completely safe for you to travel at any time during your pregnancy as long as you don’t go through any complications or otherwise any unusual experiences.
That being out of the way, you should know that the second trimester is considered to be the most suitable time to fulfill any travel plans. And it is due to the fact that, during this period and in most cases, you should be well past the period of the first trimester that plagued you with morning sickness and not yet experiencing the difficulties in movement of the last weeks of pregnancy.
Also, some tips for your partner
It’s important for the partner to be as knowledgeable of the whole pregnancy situation as the concerned pregnant lady herself. So it is fundamental for you to know how to help out however you can throughout this time. One thing you can do is take time to learn as much as you can together from any pregnancy book you can get your hands on, and try to make it a frequent habit if it’s possible. It’s an exercise that let’s your partner know that you are as invested and dedicated in the pregnancy as she is. And it also creates a window for the both of you to share your thoughts on the whole experience so that you can understand the worries and the aspirations of one another concerning the whole situation. The moral support is as important as anything a doctor can provide to accommodate the requirements of a woman as she goes through pregnancy.
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