11 Weeks Pregnant
Your baby’s head and neck extend and grow this week, and the face is now fully formed. The eyes move to the front of the face, the ears move up from the neck to the side of the head, and your baby has 32 permanent tooth buds.
Your baby’s body has straightened out, and he/she starts to move quite actively, although you still will not feel any movements just yet. But he or she is busy jerking, wriggling and flexing his/her limbs!
Baby’s sense of smell is also developing; and as he/she breathes in amniotic fluid, the baby will also be breathing in a large number of smells, like food. Yum!
Your pregnant body
While you still don’t look pregnant to other people, you may have noticed that your waist is thickening, your breasts getting bigger and you are starting to put on weight. if you are not already using a moisturising cream on your tummy, start now. Keeping the skin supple may help prevent stretchmarks later on.
Food for thought
Constipation is a typical complaint of early pregnancy and is caused by an increase in the hormone progesterone. This relaxes the muscles of the body including the gut muscles. You might also find that Iron supplements are the cause of your constipation. Fibre will keep you feeling full and will help to prevent constipation. Choose wholegrain and wholemeal cereals, breads, pasta and rice. Fruits and vegetables are also a great source of fibre as well as key vitamins and minerals so get your 5 a day. Drink plenty of water to help prevent constipation too.
Exercise to beat the fatigue
If you are feeling excessively tired try taking some gentle exercise. Exercise can help to boost energy levels but don’t overdo it. Yoga is not just a great way of staying fit but will also teach you how to relax and control your breathing for delivery.
If you are unsure about what exercise is safe during pregnancy, talk to Tracy Donegan, our pregnancy expert.
So how are you doing so far? If you need to lay back and relax, how about listening to a podcast? We have a guide to some of the best ones here: Perfect for when you're too tired to read or concentrate on the tv.