Pregnancy: Week - 11

How your baby is growing:

Some fine details such as hair follicles and taste buds appear this week. The nasal cavities finish forming and open to complete the perfect nose. This means you baby will experience her first smells and tastes of life, not that there is that much to smell and taste in the womb. His or her ears are nearly fully formed and are beginning to move into the proper position at the sides of his or her head. There is in fact plenty to hear in the womb though your baby can’t hear it just yet! Tiny fists are now fully functional and your baby will be testing them out experiencing the feeling of his or her own touch. Many babies even can be caught on ultrasounds thumb sucking already at eleven weeks! Your baby is about an inch and a half long, which is roughly the size of a fig and weighs approximately five to six grams. It is so tiny now it could stand on one of your fingers! Don’t worry though, your bundle of love won’t be small for long he or she will double in size by the end of the week.

How your body is changing:

You are likely feeling far better! Your nausea has vanished, your energy has reappeared and you feel human again, and it’s ok to act human. The belief that pregnant women are breakable, fragile and should do nothing all day long but day dream about their baby is not true. You can continue to jog, swim, cook, clean, work, play, what ever you want as long as you feel comfortable doing so. However sometimes problems occur, there are some symptoms during pregnancy that should never be ignored. You can find a list of these below in “when to call a doctor”. Overall, you know when something is not quite right with your body better than any one else. As long as what you’re doing doesn’t make you feel that way, it is probably okay.

On the down side you may begin to experience cramps in your legs. These cramps should go away with movement or stretches and if they don’t you should contact your doctor. Normally leg cramps that do go away are caused by the interplay of calcium and potassium in your diet. While these cramps can be painful there are ways to reduce their occurrence and soothe them when they do. If you up your intake of foods high in potassium such as bananas you will experience far less of these cramps. To soothe cramps stretch your toes to the ceiling and press your heel against the wall, this will stretch the tendons that knot up during a leg cramp and generally it will go away. You can also try just walking around a bit, though this can be painful.

How your life is changing:

Many women begin to feel smothered around week eleven or at some point during their pregnancy. Being pregnant puts all eyes on you. People want to touch you belly and know how things are going. They pester constantly. All the extra attention added to the pressure of making another life and the fluctuating hormones and emotions can make you just want to crawl in a hole and hide, and if that’s what makes you feel good, do it. Be sure to keep up on “me” time through out your pregnancy. Stress is proven to lead to lower birth weights in babies’ so being selfless and staying stressed is not helping you or your baby one bit.

You may also want to know:

When should you call a doctor:
In the occurrence of any of the following at any time during any activity you should call your doctor.

  • Burning or pain while urinating.
  • A decrease in fetal activity. This is not applicable at this stage since you may not have started feeling the fetal activity yet. If your baby normally kicks up a storm all day (and it likely will) and then suddenly it stops for and extended amount of time. Your doctor will teach you to count and monitor fetal kicks later on.
  • Spotting and vaginal bleeding. Sometimes this can be nothing at all, and some times it can be a big something, better safe than sorry. Though early in pregnancy this is less likely to be a problem, keep in mind you are now almost one third of the way through your pregnancy. Time flies.
  • Severe vomiting with or without a fever that doesn’t go away.
  • Extreme pain or tenderness in the abdomen.
  • Change in vaginal discharge to watery, mucous like or bloody, even just tinged with blood. (Except after thirty seven weeks this is a sign that you’ll be in labor soon, and you should be at that point)
  • Chills or fever with a temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit that won’t come down when treated.
  • Pelvic pressure or an urge to bear down, especially if accompanied by contractions less than four minutes apart
  • Abnormal Visual disturbances with or without headache including spots, flashes, blurry places (unless you’re vision is already bad), floaters, dimming and double vision.
  • Slurred speech or difficulty forming simple sentences.
  • Difficulty breathing, chest pain or you are coughing up blood.
  • Sudden swelling of the body or areas of the body, most notably the face and eyes.