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11 weeks pregnant – Symptoms, Ultrasound Scan, Pictures
At 11 weeks pregnant, the baby is around 2 inches in length. It has undergone a lot of changes during the week, with the development and growth of fingernails, hair follicles, and ovaries in case it’s a girl. Different distinct human features along with almost fully developed ears; feet and hands in front of the body; palate and tongue inside the mouth; open nasal airways at the end of a tiny nose; and nipples are now visible. The feet and hands also consist of individual toes and fingers.
At 11 weeks pregnancy, expectant mothers will start feeling hungry. It is a good sign and an indication that the discomforting morning sickness is on the wane. The body is now preparing itself to provide sufficient nourishment for the baby and the mother.Even though you may now be eating for two people, it is important to maintain self-control. Choose the right kinds of foods with maximum nourishment and try to avoid the intake of junk foods. This is the correct and most efficient way to gain pregnancy weight. The growing uterus and increased levels of progesterone which slow down digestion can result in gas and bloating. These can be effectively controlled by nibbling slowly instead of gorging on food. It is also vital to avoid gas-producing foods like fried foods, beans, sweets, and soda.
11 weeks pregnant: Symptoms
Some of the signs and symptoms that occur at 11 weeks of pregnancy are listed below:
Tenderness and other breast changes: Your partner may really like your growing breasts, but you are most likely to find your achy breasts to be bothersome and discomforting. The breasts tend to be extra-sensitive, which may want you to avoid intense hugging or lovemaking. Ensure to discuss it with your partner, so that he understands the reasons behind your aversion to physical contact.
Increased saliva: Doctors are not aware of the precise reasons for excessive salivation during pregnancy. However, the cause has been associated to the increased production of hormones. Expectant mothers need to brush as often as possible to keep the mouth minty-fresh and dry.
Vomiting and nausea: The queasiness or ‘morning sickness’ is most likely to continue into the 11th week of pregnancy. The related discomfort may persist all through the day; morning, noon, or night. You may however take comfort from the fact that nausea continues till only week 12 to 14, and that you may have to endure it for only a week or two more.
Increased desire to pass urine frequently: The pregnancy related hormone, i.e. hCG, causes increased flow of blood to the kidneys and the pelvic region. This leads to an increased urge to urinate on a frequent basis. However, it is vital that you do not decrease the intake of fluids and water, and proper hydration is essential for both you and the baby. You may instead cut down on the intake of caffeinated drinks as they are one of the main causes of persistent urination.
Food aversions and cravings: Expectant mothers may continue to find their favorite foods to be very distasteful, or have a hankering for meat even though they were primarily vegetarian before becoming pregnant. All you need to do for such changes in food preferences to dissipate fully is just wait. It will go away after the 4th month of pregnancy.
Occasional dizziness or fainting: At 11 weeks pregnant, the circulatory system is ever expanding and the body is not able to produce sufficient blood to meet the increasing demand. This can lead to faintness and dizziness. You need to sit down and relax, to avoid falling down during such episodes. Also, keep eating small meals all through the day so as to keep the blood sugar levels as stable as possible. Carry healthy snacks whenever you go out.
Bloating: The unborn baby is still only about two inches in length. It is therefore surprising as to how this can cause such extensive inflation of the belly! The elevated levels of pregnancy-related progesterone causes relaxation of all the body muscles, including the gastrointestinal tract muscles, thereby leading to slowing down of the digestive processes and eventual sensations of bloating.
Tips to alleviate tiredness at 11 weeks of pregnancy
At 11 weeks pregnant, fatigue is normal. You will generally feel like sitting or lying down almost all the time. The reason behind this is that your body is trying to cope up with the needs of the new life, 24/7. The pregnant body will be working a lot harder at rest, even as compared to when you were working during non-pregnancy. The making of the placenta also places additional pressure on the body.
You are most likely to feel a lot less fatigued and tired, when the placenta is up and running, and your body is able to somewhat adjust to the changes in hormone levels. Your energy will probably pickup during the early stages of the second trimester.
During the 11th week of pregnancy, mothers need to regularly consume small meals comprising of protein and complex carbs like dried fruits, nuts, crackers, and cheese, etc., and engage in some exercise. This will energize you and balance your blood sugar levels. Also, take a break when your body asks for it.
What does the ultrasound show?
The ultrasound scan shows that the baby’s fingers and toes are formed properly. Though the baby may not be able to hear, the ears begin to take shape. The nose, foreheads and sockets of the eye, are also visible. The intestines shift from the umbilical cord to baby’s belly. The neck begins to form and the baby is able to make movements inside the protective amniotic sac.