We’re into the eleventh week! It’s an exciting week literally, because as the baby’s extreme flurry of development slows down to a gradual steady pace, the mom too feels more relaxed and energised. The baby is undergoing some remarkable transformation and is closer than ever to being fully formed. Without further ado, let’s learn in week 11.
Your belly no longer looks like it’s bloated. Instead a proper albeit small baby bump will be visible now. Although this varies from women to women.
On the bright side of things, the morning sickness and nausea will have been gone by now. So, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief and no longer have to position yourself next to the nearest bathroom. Your appetite will slowly return too, so you’ll find yourself finally looking forward to your favourite foods and more.
As relieving as it may be to not experience frequent nausea anymore, you will still experience constipation due to hormonal changes that can slow digestion. Adding to this, gas is also a problem you’re likely to face during this time.
Your breasts will be enlarged. You’ll experience mood swings, fatigue, cramps and an increase in vaginal discharge.
A new change you’ll notice during this is the appearance of a dark vertical line across the centre of your belly, called the Linea Negra. It’s caused by hormonal changes and isn’t anything worrisome. Although the line remains visible after you’ve delivered and are breastfeeding, it’s temporary and will fade eventually.
Your baby is now the size of a lime i.e. it’s about 1.6 inches long and weighs about 7 grams on average. Tiny tooth buds have formed and begin to appear under the gums. The bones are beginning to harden and grow stronger. The baby’s diaphragm is also forming, due to which the baby might be hiccupping, completely unknown to you!
The hair follicles and nails beds are forming too. Since the fingers and toes have formed, your baby hands are opening and closing into fists. As these changes are happening, your baby’s body is straightening out and its upper body is lengthening slowly. As a result, it’s doing some pretty smooth and fluid acrobatic movements inside your belly. You won’t notice any of these movements, but they’re still happening – within you!
How exciting is that?
Now that morning sickness is almost down to minimum, you’ll find your appetite returning. Make the most of it and provide yourself and your baby will all the nutrition you can! If you’re experiencing gas, stay away from foods that can aggravate the problem, such as – beans, cabbage, fried foods, etc. Instead, load up on liquids (water and fresh juices) and fibre rich foods such as avocado, berries, air-popped popcorn, oatmeal, whole grain bread, broccoli, dried fruits, prunes, kiwis, oranges, flaxseeds etc. These foods will help ease your constipation too.
In case of fatigue, try doing mild, small exercises that’ll get the blood flowing and recharge your batteries. A quick and easy exercise will not only wake you up, but also keep you in good shape during . At the same time, it’s important that you listen to your body. If you feel like you really need a break, then don’t hesitate to go take a nap, even if it’s in the middle of the day!
Eat fresh and well-cooked meals all the time. Even if you’re eating leftovers from the fridge, make sure you heat them thoroughly first.
As per usual, make sure the mommy is well-fed and well-rested.
Accompany her during visits to the doctor.
Indulge her food cravings, but also make sure she exercises moderation and control over her food cravings!
The to-be mom is actually feeling much better now, since the nausea has reduced. This is a great time for you to surprise her with a babymoon! You can take a little vacation and enjoy some quiet time with each other, before she can no longer move around a lot and you both get caught up with the baby!
If you still have a smoking habit, it’s time to get rid of it entirely. In case you consume alcohol regularly i.e. more than once a week, then you might want to stop that too.
Use this time to catch your breath and slow down. Enjoy the quiet moments with your partner. Take great care of your health. Most importantly, relax. If you have any doubts, ask us in the comments!