Your Pregnancy: Week 11

Pregnancy week by week: You are 11 weeks pregnant


Your Body

You may have noticed a dark line of pigmentation running from your belly button to your pubic bone. The linea nigra is caused by an increase in melanin due to pregnancy hormones and disappears within months of delivery.

Round ligament pain — sharp pains, jabs and aches in your abdomen, hips and groin area — is caused when the rubbery ligaments that suspend the growing uterus within the abdomen are stretched and tug on nerve fibres. This discomfort is normal; try to relax until it subsides. Pulling your knees toward your stomach and resting on your side with a pillow under your belly and between your legs may help.

Progesterone, the pregnancy hormone coursing through your body, relaxes the muscle tissue in your stomach and intestines, making them work slower so they derive the most nutrients from food and pass them along to baby. The unfortunate by-product of this is a gassy mom-to-be. Eating smaller meals and avoiding fried and sugary foods, beans and cabbage will cut down on embarrassing emissions.

Do pregnancy leg cramps have you hopping out of bed in the middle of the night? This common symptom may be a sign of dehydration or insufficient amounts of potassium. Drink at least two litres of water a day and include bananas, spinach and mushrooms in your pregnancy diet.

Baby’s World

From the top of his head to his bum, he measures between 44 to 66 mm (1.7 – 2.8 in.) and weighs 8 g (0.017 lb.), about the size of a lime. The Doppler instrument can pick up his tiny heartbeat. Functioning nerves and muscles allow him to flex his arms and kick his legs but he weighs so little you won’t be able to feel his fluid and graceful movements. Now an adept underwater breather, he inhales and exhales amniotic fluid, strengthening his lungs as they develop. His small intestines are still wrapped around the umbilical cord. External genitalia have become a clitoris or penis.

Fun Fact

By sleeping on your left side, you increase blood flow to your baby.

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