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Pregnancy Week 11


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Your Baby's Development This Week

The baby has grown rapidly, now 2 1/2 inches long, from crown to rump, and weighs 1/2 ounce. Externally, the toes are no longer webbed, the nasal passages are open at the end of the nose now, external genitalia is formed, (but still will need sometime before gender can be determined by sonogram,) and nipples are visible, too. Internally, the testes and ovaries are developed, the cartilage is hardening, (a process that continues into childhood,) and muscles in the intestinal walls start to contract, practicing for digestion. Amniotic fluid is beginning to accumulate as the kidneys start to work, and this provides a cushion for baby. The baby is quite active now, somersaulting, stretching, and flexing.

Pregnancy Symptoms You May Feel During Week 11

You might be noticing a nice new side effect of pregnancy now. Your hair and nails could seem to be growing like crazy all the sudden. Doctors are not even exactly sure why it happens, but if you have new lustrous 'do', you don't care why, so much as you are enjoying it. However, you might need more trims to both your hair and nails.

A less attractive side effect may be emerging this week, too. Bloating and increased flatulence (gas). This is due to the hormone, progesterone, relaxing those large muscles and slowing digestion. It can be embarrassing, the belches and gas, but rest assured it's common among pregnant women. To lessen the problems, continue small meals, don't overwhelm the sluggish system with huge meals. Also, avoid gas producing foods, such as beans, spicy greasy foods and the like. As the uterus grows, the problems only increase as it crowds the intestines and stomach throughout the pregnancy.

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Your doctor might not have told you about an important exercise that you should be doing while pregnant, and continue after baby's arrival. Called Kegel exercises, these little maneuvers can make a big difference. They strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, helping prepare you for birth, and fighting off urinary incontinence. You do them by tightening those muscles that stop your flow of urine. Do it to realize what muscle to focus on, but don't continue to practice during urination, that will cause other problems. You can also check to see which muscles you need to work on my inserting a finger into your vagina and tighten around it. You will want to tighten and hold those muscles for a few seconds, ten times a few times a day. You can also mix up the routine by doing some quick counts, or by doing an elevator kind of slow tightening. Other benefits to Kegels, increased tone can aid orgasm. Just be sure when practicing to concentrate only pelvic floor muscles, do not tighten abdomen, or hold your breath.

Preparing for Baby

If you are like most pregnant women, you love knowing everything about what is happening with you and your growing baby. Having a pregnancy book or three, is a good investment. However, check some out at the library first, or borrow from friends or family to see which ones you actually prefer.

Pregnancy Lifestyle

As you near the end of your first trimester, now is a good time to start thinking about any travel plans you may have. With all the fatigue and nausea of the several weeks soon behind you, the next trimester is actually the ideal time for a trip. You will be feeling much better, and you want need to worry about missing doctor's appointments, or being too close to your due date. Most women feel their best during this middle section of the pregnancy. However, be sure to discuss any travel plans with your physician, including the means of travel, where you will be traveling to, and any special activities you have planned. Some destinations have special concerns, for instance clean water, or temperature extremes. Also, whatever mode of travel, make certain you never sit for too long. Make sure to take frequent stretch and bathroom breaks, and not to skimp on meals. If you are going to an amusement type facility, discuss with your doctor what things are safe and what should be avoided. If you have big plans for later in pregnancy, go ahead and bring that up now, too at your visit. Discuss with your doctor what things warrant a call, and whether you should contact any certain local physician or hospital while traveling. Of course, bring all your insurance and physician information with you on any trips.

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worried Mar 5, 2015 03:44:38 PM ET

My wife is 44 years and 11 weeks pregnant now, and she says she doesn't want to see me anymore. it's been a while without talking with her on the phone, as she said she doesn't want to see me. it's her first pregnancy in her life. i last heard her symptoms like a toothache, headache, tiredness, sleepy and cramps in her stomach after she missed her menstruation. now i am so stressed, because i don't know how to see her or to hear her on the phone. i am so worried about her whereabouts and how she feels now.

Fena Mar 11, 2015 07:30:28 PM ET

I'm sorry that you are going through this. continue to be supportive of her. try writing her an email, calling and leaving a pics message. it's your child as well, and it's important for you to be a part of the baby's life, even if you and her don't work out. hoping the best for you and the family.

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anushree Jan 9, 2015 05:51:50 AM ET

Hi, i am 11 weeks and still need to visit my doctor. i'm a little nervous as i traveled a lot during weeks 7 and 8. i hope everything goes well, and want to wish all the new mommies all the very best. muah. love you all.

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Raj Sep 17, 2014 05:21:40 PM ET

Hi. i just had iui 6 days ago and i always feel gassy. why is that?

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Mimi Sep 16, 2014 04:24:48 PM ET

Hi there. i'm 11 weeks 4 days today. i have only been feeling extremely sleepy all the time. i want to nap any chance i can get. but, for some reason at around 2am to 4am, i am extremely energetic. i feel like i can clean and cook, and do anything at that time. i find it so weird. but, besides that, i haven't been sick. the breast tenderness went away, and i'm not gassy. i have an appointment tomorrow. i cant wait. good luck!! :-)

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nisa Sep 1, 2014 12:39:11 PM ET

Hi i'm 11 weeks and 4 days pregnant. i'm really excited, but i'm always tired and sleepy at work. i can't seem to keep food down. i've even lost a lot of weight because i can't eat. i'm really worried.

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S.M. Aug 24, 2014 07:02:36 PM ET

Hi. i'm 11 weeks 4 days and tired, tired, tired all day long. it feels like it is a workout just to take a bath or shower. also, i have facial hair growing like crazy. i'm worried that i'm sleeping too much and also that maybe my hormones are off balance due to extreme facial hair. i go in for my first doctor's appt. in a week. i will be over 12 weeks. i'm worried to death something will be wrong with my baby. i will be horrified if there is something wrong and i did not go to doctor sooner.

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Dolly Jul 16, 2014 07:17:15 PM ET

I'm 11w2d and my morning sickness has been horrible. i've had a 9 week scan and have my 12 week, next week. can't wait!! but i really wish this sickness would stop. i've lost a stone and a half, 20lbs :(

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miyavicandy May 8, 2014 09:44:20 AM ET

I'm 11 weeks today and a couple days ago i found out i'm having twins!!! and, i swear for the past few days i have been feeling the flutters. this is my 2nd pregnancy also. and, i'm not gassy, i know the difference. it's so crazy. i'm so excited!

jg May 22, 2014 04:01:26 PM ET

Me too! totally crazy. i'm 11wks 1 day, you're about a month ahead of me.

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ellie Apr 1, 2014 08:26:53 AM ET

I'm 11wks and 1day i suffer from hyperemesis. i'm hungry but i don't know what i can't and can eat, what shall i try and do?

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Guest Jan 12, 2014 04:46:10 AM ET

Hi. my midwife thinks i'm 11 weeks and 6 days as my last period lasted no longer then 24 hours so she took it from the one before. i'm having a few aches and cramps. could this be because the baby is stretching me and i probably am 11 weeks 6 days? because surely if i'm not and i'm only 7 weeks and 4 days i wouldn't be feeling this uncomfortable? i've had 2 girls and the pregnancies were terrible with bad headaches and morning sickness, but this one is different. can anyone advice please?

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