Pregnancy Calendar Week 11
YOUR PREGNANCY WEEK BY WEEK: WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEEK 11Your baby, now the size of a fig, continues to develop quickly and she’s getting more functional every day. With a body that’s getting longer and her webbed hands and feet now gone, your little one is looking more baby-like. Your body is adjusting more to being pregnant, but you’ve probably noticed that each week seems to bring new symptoms to manage—and this week is no exception.Your BodyAt 11 weeks pregnant, your appetite may be in overdrive as food cravings start to kick in and, if sleep isn’t coming quickly for you, we hope the remedies we cover this week will help.Food CravingsAre you feeling tempted these days by new food cravings? We thought so! You’re in good company as this symptom seems to be universal among all pregnant women.The good news is that there’s no need to fight those powerful food cravings. Whether you can’t seem to get enough of sweets, salty snacks or spicy foods, we’ve got some helpful tips to satisfy your cravings without derailing your healthy diet:
- Indulge in moderation. Instead of downing dozens of those delicious cookies you love, eat small portions to help calm your craving.
- Eat breakfast every day. Skipping a healthy meal in the morning can make cravings worse.
- Exercise every day. Getting plenty of exercise during your pregnancy will help keep your cravings in check.
- Eat small, frequent meals. Oftentimes cravings for sweets can be the result of a drop in blood sugar, so eating throughout the day can help.
SleeplessnessThe many physical and emotional symptoms you’re experiencing are likely causing another one: pregnancy insomnia. Between all the bathroom trips during the night and the general discomfort you’re dealing with, a good night’s sleep is probably hard to come by.If this pregnancy problem is plaguing you, try these tips to get more of the sleep you and your baby need:
- Create a soothing bedtime ritual. Taking a warm bath or listening to the sound of waves right before bed may help you drift right off into sleep.
- Use relaxation techniques. Activities like deep breathing and guided imagery can be very effective in calming the mind and helping you get to sleep faster.
- Make your room conducive to sleep. Creating the right environment for sleep is important. Your room should be dark and quiet with a temperature that’s comfortable for you. Avoid watching TV and use dark curtains to eliminate light.
- If you can’t sleep, get up. After about 20-30 minutes, get out of bed and go do something. Watch TV in another room or read a book for a while. Then, once you start feeling drowsy, return to bed and try again.
Your BabyIn the 11th week of pregnancy, your baby’s body is becoming more fully formed with some notable new developments:
- Your baby’s body is straightening. At nearly 2 inches long now, your baby is getting longer as her body straightens out. From now until you’re at the middle point of your pregnancy at about 20 weeks, your baby will be growing by leaps and bounds, tripling her weight and length.
- Your baby’s fingers and toes are separated. Your baby’s once webbed, frog-like hands and feet are looking more human now with her fingers and toes fully separated. Those sweet little hands of hers are busy opening and closing into fists while her feet make tiny kicks inside you that you’ll start feeling in a few weeks.
- Your baby’s hair follicles, fingernails and toenails are forming. On your baby’s head—and all over her body—hair follicles are now in place. On her teeny fingers and toes, nail beds are forming, getting ready for soft baby nails to begin growing soon.
Diet and Exercise Tips You Should FollowTo keep you and your baby healthy, follow these tips in week 11:
- Increase iron and protein intake. Eat a balanced diet with foods rich in iron and protein to help you fight fatigue, increase energy levels and nourish your baby. Good sources are lean red meat and green leafy vegetables. Avoid lunch meat, which contain nitrates.
- Walk instead of watching TV. Replace excessive TV watching with exercise that’s good for you and your baby. Brisk walking 40 minutes 4 to 5 nights per week is always a great routine.
Things You Should Do
- Find a pregnancy support group.
- Decide which hospital you’ll give birth at.
Words You Should KnowBirth Plan: A document that you write and share with your doctor that explains your preferences for the birth of your baby.Braxton-Hicks Contractions: False labor pains that can happen throughout pregnancy.Chloasma: Brown patches that sometimes develop on the face of a pregnant woman. These are also known as the “mask of pregnancy.”Striae: Streaks or stretch marks on the abdomen of a pregnant woman.