Overview of that week
By the eleventh week, the baby’s head is about equal in ratio to the rest of the body. Over the next few weeks, the fetus will grow its legs and back to match a 3 to 1 ratio to its head.
You’re almost at the end of your first trimester now. If they haven’t already, your doctor will try to ensure that you and your baby are doing okay by ordering a range of tests from urine to blood sugar and blood pressure.
Your baby has been very busy for the past 11 weeks forming most of the vital organs. From this point onwards, it’s a matter of growth and development of the baby.
There have been many small but important developments in these past weeks. Your baby’s fingers and toes are no longer webbed together and they even have fingerprints and fingernails budding. Although your baby can’t hear you right now, they have tiny miniature ears.
Your baby is too tiny for you to notice any kind of movement yet, but there are constant tiny kicks and somersaults happening inside your belly.
Body changes in mother
A Lot of changes in your body are happening in the first trimester. As a result, you are not getting enough rest and sleep also due to increase in dehydration you might be more susceptible to headaches.
A growing belly can put more pressure on your back, legs and abdomen. This can result in soreness, tenderness or aches in those regions. It will be common for you to experience pain in different parts of your body throughout pregnancy. Take frequent rests and a recommended dose of acetaminophen as a solution.
Symptoms of digestive distress will be more common in pregnancy but one of those more common symptoms will be the inability to digest food after you eat. You might feel a burning sensation after you eat around your chest area. To avoid this uncomfortable feeling, try eating in small quantities and avoid spicy and oily food.
Look out for bleeding gums caused by growing hormonal changes. The change in the hormonal level can cause the gums to be easily inflamed causing it to bleed and cause pain.
A range of aches and stressors can lead to you not getting to enjoy a good night’s rest during your first trimester pregnancy. You might feel extremely nauseous which can affect your sleep. If it’s not disturbing your sleep to run to the bathroom to vomit, it might be to pee.
What should you do and don’t
- Avoid more than a cup of coffee a day to get proper sleep during the night. Don’t drink coffee during the evening.
- Drink enough water throughout the day but don’t drink right before sleep so that your sleep isn’t disrupted.
- Try meditation to get proper rest.
- Eat small and healthier meals throughout the day to support your digestive system.
- Exercise on a regular basis to ensure a healthy balance in your lifestyle.
- Take your prenatal vitamins and get a necessary amount of calcium since it is important for the development of bones in your baby.
- Meditate to ensure that you are keeping your stress and negative emotions under control.
- Hydration is key to make sure that your symptoms remain at a very minimum.